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2012

Writing Division

SPOT NEWS

First Place—Lee Spencer, Foxsports.com
Allmendinger Admits To Big Mistake

Second Place—Jeff Gluck, SBNation.com
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Could Face A Long Road Back After Concussion

Third Place—Kenny Bruce, SceneDaily.com
Hendrick Says Association Doesn’t Circumvent Four Team Cap

Fourth Place—Greg Engle, Examiner.com
Welcome Back Tony Stewart We Missed You

Fifth Place—Nate Ryan, USAToday.com
After Pocono Death, Should NASCAR Do More to Protect Fans

RACE COVERAGE

First Place—Ryan McGee, ESPN.com
Safety Trumps Racing At Pikes Peak

Second Place—Jim Utter, Charlotte Observer
Keselowski Crowned

Third Place—Lee Spencer, Foxsports.com
Keselowski True to Self in Title Run

Fourth Place—Amy Henderson, Frontstretch.com
The Big Six: Questions Answered After The TUMS Fast Relief 500

Fifth Place—Lee Spencer, Foxsports.com
NASCAR Ignites In Phoenix

COLUMNS

First Place—Jeff Gluck, SBNation.com
Commercial Interruptions Make NASCAR Viewing Almost Unbearable
NASCAR Honor Roll: Marcus Smith’s Generous Gesture
NASCAR Owes Clearer Explanation On Restart Rules
Overheard: What NASCAR Fans Say To Tony Stewart At An Autograph Session
Go Away, Brad Keselowski – It’s Not Your Time

Second Place—Ryan McGee, ESPN.com
Busch Brothers Still Stirring The Pot
Dodge Should Rally The Little Guys
Alex Zanardi’s Story Just Got Better
Safety Trumps Racing At Pikes Peak
Racers’ Message: Embrace Safety

Third Place—Bob Pockrass, The Sporting News
NASCAR Should Have Known Junior Was Injured
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion: He’s Back, But The Real Headaches May Have Just Begun
NASCAR Sponsors: In Wake-Up Call, Teams Must Forget Politics, Figure Out Why They’re Leaving
NASCAR Should Have Suspended Jeff Gordon For Retaliating Against Bowyer

Fourth Place—David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
There Was Nothing Else Like It
Inside A Helmet, Everything Can Seem Different
Hendrick vs. Keselowski Is NASCAR’s Best Rivalry
Keselowski Redefining Reputation In Title Run
Last Days At Roush No Laughing Matter For Kenseth

Fifth Place—Greg Engle, Examiner.com
Kasey Kahne Has The Right To Say What He Wants
Girls Shouldn’t Race In NASCAR
Has NASCAR Lost Its Soul?
What Will The NASCAR Media Look Like In 10 Years?
When Real World Tragedy Invades NASCAR

FEATURES

First Place—Reid Spencer, New York Post
Kurt Busch Facing Career Crossroads With Newfound Inspiration

Second Place—Mike Hembree, Speed.com
A Tree Grows In Stuart

Third Place—Seth Livingstone, NASCAR.com
Fans Speak Out About Dodge Departure

Fourth Place—Ryan McGee, ESPN The Magazine
Jekyll and Ride

Fifth Place—Jeff Wackerlin, MotorRacingNetwork.com
Gordon and DuPont Celebrate 20 Years

2012 George Cunningham Award
Ryan McGee, ESPN.com

Radio Broadcast Division

SPOT NEWS

First Place
Dave Moody, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Dave Higdon on SiriusXM Speedway

Second Place
Claire B. Lang, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Greg Biffle (Practice Crash) Homestead

Third Place
Mike Bagley, Pete Pistone & Andrew Stallings
Steve Barkdoll Breaks News on A.J. Allmendinger Returns

EVENT ORIENTED FEATURE

First Place
Dave Moody, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
US Rep. Jack Kingston on SiriusXM Speedway

Second Place
Dave Moody & Brian Nelson, NASCAR Today
Full Circle:  After A Roller Coaster Ride in 2011, A Bayne and Woods Go Back To Daytona

Third Place
Dave Moody, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
A.J. Allmendinger On SiriusXM Speedway

TOPIC ORIENTED FEATURE

First Place
Woody Cain, Motor Racing Network
Cale Yarborough Hall Of Fame Induction

Second Place
Darrell Smith, Motor Racing Network
High Bank Heroes

Third Place
Woody Cain, Motor Racing Network
2011 Road To The NASCAR Sprint Cup Part 1

LIVE EVENT RADIO BROADCAST

First Place
Doug Rice, Performance Racing Network
Dollar General 300

Second Place
David Hyatt, Motor Racing Network
An Explosive Daytona 500

Third Place
David Hyatt, Motor Racing Network
Duel in the Desert – Advocare 500 At Phoenix

2012 NMPA Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Dave Moody, Motor Racing Network

2102 NMPA Radio Producer of the Year
Woody Cain, Motor Racing Network

Television Broadcast Division

SPOT NEWS

First Place
Suzanne Clavette, NASCAR Race Hub On SPEED
Hamlin Visits Tornado Victims

Second Place
Paul Johnson, WCYB/WEMT TV
Bristol Motor Speedway Changes Track

Third Place
Alan Cavanna, WSOC TV
Going Once

EVENT ORIENTED FEATURE

First Place
Suzanne Clavette, NASCAR Race Hub On SPEED
2012 King’s Cup

Second Place
Paul Johnson, WCYB/WEMT TV
Matt And The Motorcycle

Third Place
Suzanne Clavette, NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED
Bowyer and Wallenda Prepare for Bank of America 500

LIVE EVENT TELEVISION BROADCAST

First Place
Paul Johnson, WCYB/WEMT TV
Live at Bristol Motor Speedway and Bruton Smith

2012 Charlie Harville Award
Paul Johnson, WCYB/WEMT TV

2012 NMPA Television Producer of the Year
Suzanne Clavette, NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED

Photography Division

OPEN DIVISION

  • 1st Place Open
    Jack Rowe
    Brett Moist
    LAT Images
    Canon 1Dmk4 with 70-200mm lens
  • 2nd Place Open
    Under The Lights
    John Harrelson
    Getty Images
    Nikon D3s with 66mm lens
  • 3rd Place Open
    Indy Group
    Michael Levitt
    LAT Images
    Canon 1Dmk4 (multiple images)

RACE ACTION

PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY

CRASH

  • 1st Place Crash
    Nose Dive
    Mark Rebilas
    USA Today Sports
    Nikon D800 with 600mm lens
  • 2nd Place Crash
    Denny Flames
    Nigel Kinrade
    AP Images
    Nikon D3 with 300mm lens
  • 3rd Place Crash
    Tapped Out
    Mark Rebilas
    USA Today Sports
    Nikon D800 with 400mm lens

FEATURE

  • 1st Place Feature
    The Stripe
    John Harrelson
    Harrelson Photography
    Nikon D3s with 21mm lens
  • 2nd Place Feature
    I’m On Fire
    Sam Cranston
    NASCAR Illustrated
    Canon 1DmkIIn with 70-200mm lens
  • 3rd Place Feature
    F5 Flyover
    Michael Levitt
    LAT Images
    Canon 1Dmk4 with 70-200mm lens

2012 T. Taylor Warren NMPA Picture of the Year Award
Nose Dive
Mark Rebilas
USA Today Sports
Nikon D800 with 600mm lens

2012 Howard O’Reilly Award
Tom Pennington, Getty Images