National Motorsports Press Association announces annual awards

The National Motorsports Press Association's annual convention and awards ceremony was held Saturday evening with the following annual awards being presented:

Richard Petty Driver of the Year: Kevin Harvick
The Richard Petty Driver of the Year award has been presented annually since 1969 to recognize the season's most outstanding driver. It is named in honor of the seven-time NASCAR premier series champion.

NMPA Pocono Spirit Award: Krissie Newman/Rescue Ranch
The NMPA Pocono Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.

Ken Patterson Helping Others Award: Russell Branham, Talladega Superspeedway
The Ken Patterson Award is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership. The award has been presented annually since 2004 and is named in honor of Patterson, the former public relations director at Talladega. It recognizes public relations officials in the motorsports industry (team, track and sanctioning body) who have exhibited the kind, generous qualities always demonstrated by Patterson.

Joe Littlejohn Award: Kenny Bruce
The award is named after the former track owner from Spartanburg, S.C., and is presented annually by the NMPA in recognition for outstanding service to the NMPA.

George Cunningham Writer of the Year: Ryan McGee, ESPN

Barney Hall Award: Joe Moore, MRN
Broadcaster of the Year: Mark Garrow, PRN
Producer of the Year: Kent Bernhart, PRN

Charlie Harville Award: Jonathan Merryman
Producer of the Year: Lauren Jones, NASCAR Racehub

T. Taylor Warren Photo of the Year: Chris Anderson
Howard O'Reilly Award: Will Lester

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