Sprint Cup

Gordon Receives Myers Brothers Award

Jeff Gordon (left) is interviewed by comedian Howie Mandel (right) after the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at Encore Las Vegas on Thursday. (NASCAR Photo)

LAS VEGAS – Shock and genuine surprise.

That was Jeff Gordon’s emotional reaction to being named the 2012 recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award during Thursday’s traditional NASCAR/NMPA Myers Brothers Award luncheon at the Encore in Las Vegas.

“Oh boy, this is a surprise. I’m having a hard time composing myself,” said Gordon, during the Champion’s Week event. “Couldn’t someone have warned me first?”

Named for NASCAR racing pioneers Billy and Bob Myers, the award recognizes individuals and groups which have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Past recipients are a virtual who’s-who of the industry – drivers, owners, track operators, sponsors and members of the media – and include nearly every current member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Gordon’s accomplishments are two-fold: his on-track success, which includes four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships and 87 victories; and his charitable activities when not competing.

“Off the track, he has raised countless funds for charity through his foundation for pediatric cancer research,” said Burt Myers, grandson of Billy Myers, upon presenting the award with brother Jason Myers to Gordon. “He has traveled to Rwanda to aid with health care as well as partnering with an organization to put it on the side of his race car as a drive to end hunger.”

“I am deeply honored, proud of the work that I do on and off the track,” said Gordon. “This is fantastic. Thank you.”

NASCAR Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office Brian France congratulated 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champions Brad Keselowski and Roger Penske and the Miller Lite organization. France also commented on the youth movement in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and first-time events due to take place in both national series in 2013.

Also announced at Thursday’s luncheon was the NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver Award, given to Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the 10th consecutive year. This now ties him with Bill Elliott as the only other drivers to be presented the award 10 straight years. Elliott, however, remains the all-time leader with 16 overall.

Complete Award Winner’s List:

Myers Brothers Award: Jeff Gordon

NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Buddy Shuman Award: Ken Squier

NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: Mars Inc.

3M Lap Leader Award: Jimmie Johnson

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Jimmie Johnson

Coors Light Pole Award: Jimmie Johnson

DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Year Award: Matt Puccia, crew chief for Greg Biffle No. 16

Freescale Wide Open Award: Matt Kenseth

Goodyear Tires Award (Champion): Brad Keselowski

MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Shane Parsnow, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Team

Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Michael Waltrip Racing No. 56 Team

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Denny Hamlin

MOOG Steering & Suspension Problem Solver of the Year Award: Steve Addington, crew chief for Tony Stewart No. 14

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award (Champion): Brad Keselowski

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Stephen Leicht

USG Improving the Finish Award: Tony Stewart

Champion Sponsor Award: Miller Lite

Champion Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe

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