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2018 NMPA Journalism Awards

WRITING DIVISION

SPOT NEWS

First Place – Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com
Robert Boston found guilty of fraud and money landscaping

Second Place – Ryan McGee, ESPN.com
Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti comfortable with place in IndyCar lore

Third Place – Jessica Ruffin, NASCAR.com
Jimmie Johnson tempering expectations -- but his heart says he's not done yet

Fourth Place – Thomas Pope, The Fayetteville (NC) Observer
‘Smooth Operator’ Bobby Pierce to race for Dunn Benson team in ’18

Fifth Place – Jessica Ruffin, NASCAR.com
Clint Bowyer rides big wave of confidence coming to California road course

RACE COVERAGE

First Place – Ryan McGee, ESPN.com
Fan favorite Stefan Wilson comes three laps short of Indy 500 glory

Second Place – Mike Hembree, USA Today
Harvick wins third consecutive NASCAR Race

Third Place – Mike Hembree, USA Today
Logano survives Talladega, end drought

Fourth Place – Daniel McFadin, NBCSports.com
Aric Almirola Advances in Playoffs after Wild and Crazy Roval Experience

Fifth Place – Kelly Crandall, Racer.com
Wallace caps Daytona week with emotional second place

COLUMNS

First Place – Bruce Bennett, Speedway Illustrated
Fear of the Future
You Are What You Wear
Do I Have a Problem?
Getting Attention
Time Trials or Heat Races

Second Place – Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
Remembering Alan Kulwicki’s enigmatic legacy, 25 years later
Analysis: Wild Las Vegas opening leaves plenty of contenders reeling
Inaugural Charlotte road course race delivers classic finish full of playoff drama
Albert: Hard racing without the rivalry? Busch, Larson showed us how

Third Place – Deb Williams, RacinToday.com
Cup Drivers Getting Straight On ROVAL Curves
Fans Are Fanning Ryan Blaney’s Racing Fires
Has NASCAR Found A Cookie Cutter Buster?

Fourth Place – Matt Crossman, NASCAR.com
Truly Dominant
The moral ambiguity of the bump and run
NASCAR’s Last Frontier

Fifth Place – Greg Engle, CupScene.com
SLIDE JOB! SLIDE JOB! Dale Jr.’s NASCAR broadcast debut already paying dividends to the sport
Winner, winner but no chicken dinner for Brad Keselowski
NASCAR has a shorter Cup race and suddenly all is right with the world

FEATURE WRITING

First Place – Matt Crossman, NASCAR.com
Brand New Day

Second Place – Mike Adaskaveg
Paradise Found

Third Place – J.A. Ackley, Speedway Illustrated
A Millennials Perspective

Fourth Place – Jerry Jordan, Kickin’ the Tires
NASCAR fighting back after teams claim to have found laser weakness

Fifth Place – Thomas Pope, The Fayetteville (NC) Observer
Injured racer Lawson ready to get back behind the wheel

RADIO BROADCASTING DIVISION

SPOT NEWS RADIO

First Place – Tyler Burnett, Producer, Motor Racing Network
NASCAR Loses One of the Greatest Ever – The Silver Fox

Second Place – Mark Garrow, Broadcaster, Jerry Jordan, Producer, Performance Racing Network
Martin Truex, Jr., Finds the ‘Red Button’

Third Place – Claire B. Lang, Producer, SiriusXM NASCAR
Joey Logano Pushing Tire Rules

EVENT ORIENTED FEATURE RADIO

First Place – Doug Rice, Broadcaster, Kent Bernhardt, Producer, Performance Racing Network
They call it “The Roval”

Second Place – Mark Garrow, Broadcaster, Jerry Jordan, Producer, Performance Racing Network
Jimmie Johnson Jams It in but Loses

Third Place – Woody Cain, Producer, Motor Racing Network
Hornaday Makes NASCAR Hall of Fame

TOPIC ORIENTED FEATURE RADIO

First Place – Suzy Armstrong, Broadcaster, Rich Culbreth, Producer, Motor Racing Network
The Death of a Champion 25 Years Later

Second Place – Kent Bernhardt, Broadcaster & Producer, Performance Racing Network
NASCAR’s Master Storyteller

Third Place – Alexa Henrion, Producer, Motor Racing Network
Jack Roush Hits his Stride in The 1990’s

LIVE EVENT BROADCAST RADIO

First Place – Doug Rice, Broadcaster & Producer, Performance Racing Network
Bank of American Roval 400

Second Place – Doug Rice (Broadcaster) Performance Racing Network
Southpoint 400 from Las Vegas

Third Place – Brian Nelson, Producer, Motor Racing Network
Logano Moves Truex, Makes Championship Four

2018 NMPA Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Mark Garrow, Performance Racing Network

2018 NMPA Radio Producer of the Year
Kent Bernhardt, Performance Racing Network

TELEVISION BROADCASTING DIVISION

SPOT NEWS TELEVISION

First Place – Lauren Jones, (Producer), NASCAR Race Hub
Elliott First Win Tease

Second Place – Jonathan Merryman, (Broadcaster), NASCAR.com
Elliott: Watkins Glen Win “One to Remember”

Third Place – Chase Wilhelm, (Broadcaster), NASCAR.com
NASCAR Salutes: Kurt Busch Trains with U.S. Marines

EVENT ORIENTED FEATURE TELEVISION

First Place – Lauren Jones, (Producer), NASCAR Race Hub
Marcus Smith – Roval, ASR, SMI

Second Place – Jonathan Merryman, (Broadcaster), NASCAR.com
Old Soul: Darlington and Blaney a Perfect Fit

Third Place – Darrell Smith, (Producer), Motor Racing Network
2018 Driver for Diversity College Combine

TOPIC ORIENTED FEATURE TELEVISION

First Place – Ryan McGee, (Broadcaster), ESPN SportsCenter
Bubba

Second Place – Alan Cavanna, (Broadcaster), NASCAR Race Hub
The Big 1993

Third Place – Matt Yocum, (Producer), FOX Sports
Adam Petty’s Corvette Keeps Brothers Close

LIVE EVENT BROADCAST TELEVISION

First Place – Jonathan Merryman, (Broadcaster), NASCAR.com
Live Charlotte Road Course Show

Second Place – Lauren Jones, (Producer), NASCAR Race Hub
Gordon Hall of Fame Show

Third Place – Jonathan Merryman, (Broadcaster), NASCAR.com
Denny Hamlin Darlington Throwback Car Unveil

2017 Charlie Harville Award
Jonathan Merryman, NASCAR.com

2017 NMPA Television Producer of the Year
Lauren Jones, NASCAR Race Hub

PHOTOGRAPHY DIVISION

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

First Place – Jamey Price
Second Place – Chris Anderson
Third Place – Mike Adaskaveg

CRASH ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY

First Place – Will Lester
Second Place – Mark Rebilas
Third Place – Will Lester

PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPHY

First Place – Jim Fluharty
Second Place – Mark Rebilas
Third Place – Mark Rebilas

RACE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY

First Place – Chris Anderson
Second Place – Will Lester
Third Place – Will Lester

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY

First Place – Will Lester
Second Place – Mark Rebilas
Third Place – Will Lester

2018 NMPA T. Taylor Warren Picture of the Year
Chris Anderson

2018 Howard O’Reilly Award
Will Lester