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Old 06 Dec 2003, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well, this is my first Weekly NASCAR. every week, i will do this, all the top nascar headlines riiiiiiiight here in "sports".

This week's topic: Recap of friday's award show.
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Kenseth crowned final Winston Cup king
Awards ceremony also a tribute to outgoing title sponsor
By Marty Smith, Turner Sports Interactive
December 6, 2003
1:01 AM EST (0601 GMT)
NEW YORK -- Matt Kenseth was officially crowned NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Friday night at the historic Waldorf-Astoria in snowy Manhattan. The 3 1/2-hour ceremony was as much a tribute to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as it was a celebration of Kenseth's title-winning campaign.

Opened with a moving narration from Golden Globe Award Winner Kiefer Sutherland -- who will also serve as the voice of the soon to be released movie, "NASCAR 3D, The IMAX Experience" -- and complete with musical performances by Grammy Award winners Harry Connick, Jr. and LeAnn Rimes, the invitation-only, black-tie event was the 33rd and final in Winston's storied relationship with NASCAR.

From the outset of the partnership in 1972, RJR focused on media relations, improving racing facilities nationwide and, more than anything else, increasing the monetary rewards bestowed upon NASCAR competitors.

And Friday night, every speaker that took the stage paid homage to Winston's involvement, including NASCAR Chairman Bill France, Jr., president Mike Helton, each of the NASCAR Top 10 and one outspoken former champion.

It's an honor to be here on such an historic occasion, a night when we say goodbye to R.J. Reynolds, a company that helped make our great sport what it is today," said three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip.

"I will always cherish my time as a competitor in NASCAR, and the fact that I was able to win three NASCAR Winston Cup championships. But I also will cherish the fact that I got to see, first-hand, the exponential growth of our sport.

"As we move forward into the future, I hope we will always remember just how much the fine people at RJR have meant to us. 'Gone but not forgotten ... make that never forgotten.' That should be our motto, in forever honoring RJR."


Dale Earnhardt Jr. said his goal next year is to be at the head table. Credit: Autostock
To thank RJR for their work in helping build NASCAR, and to commemorate the relationship, France presented RJR Chairman and CEO Andy Schindler with a Tiffany crystal piece "as a token of our esteem" for his company.

"We've shared the same vision, and we've worked side-by-side to establish the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as the greatest motorsports series in the world," Schindler said. "The success we've achieved is a testament to the vision and continuing leadership of the France family.

"And it is a tribute to the men and women in RJR's sports marketing organization, beginning with the pioneering efforts of Ralph Seagraves and T. Wayne Robertson, and continuing through the outstanding leadership of Rich Habegger and Ned Leary who head that organization today.

"We at Reynolds Tobacco feel privileged to have played a part in NASCAR's growth. We extend our warmest, heartfelt thanks -- and our best wishes -- to NASCAR for every future success."


Jimmie Johnson poked a little fun at himself during his speech Friday. Credit: Turner Sports Interactive
Kenseth, the final Winston Cup champion, had no shortage of praise to bestow on RJR.

"To Winston and R.J. Reynolds, I'm really proud to be your final Winston Cup Champion. You have certainly made memories for many people; I wish you the best."

For his efforts, RJR awarded Kenseth $5.1 million in point-fund cash. Overall, Winston doled out more than $17 million Friday night.

During his championship run, Kenseth won just once, at Las Vegas in March, but tallied 11 top-fives and a series-high 25 top-10s, not to mention more than $4 million in on-track winnings.

Robbie Reiser, the Winston Cup championship crew chief, addresses the crowd in New York. Credit: Autostock
"I think you all know by now that I prefer race car driving over speech making, but NASCAR didn't give me that option tonight," Kenseth said. "I'm proud to be part of NASCAR and proud for the opportunity to represent the sport as its champion."

Second-place finisher Jimmie Johnson offered up some comic relief when he poked fun at himself for last year's speech, in which the teleprompter got off pace and Johnson flubbed up his speech. Rather than thanking "an awful lot of people," he inadvertently thanked "a lot of awful people."

This year, he jokingly thanked all the awful people again, then grabbed a check for $2.1 million. Like Johnson, 10th-place finisher Terry Labonte offered up some comic relief with his speech.

"They told me I only had three minutes to speak tonight, so I'll try to hurry since everyone knows I'm such a big talker," quipped the notoriously quiet Labonte. "I got to thinking and realized that my first year in the top 10 was in 1979, and then in the '80s, and again in the '90s and now in 2003.


Ryan Newman garnered eight wins in 2003. Credit: Turner Sports Interactive
"So that's four different decades in the top 10, and I'm only 47 years old. How does that work? And thanks to my teammates: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers. Brian Vickers! I used to give that kid a ride to school. Of course, it was only a couple years ago."

Vickers, the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series champion, was in attendance Friday night, as were Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil and all the winners from the various touring series.

Also in attendance were Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, from the 3rd U.S. Infantry at Fort Myer, Virginia - Staff Sergeant James Luby, and Soldier of the Year from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry at Fort Lewis, Washington, Specialist Russell Burnham.

Aside from the Winston Cup, several other awards were passed out Friday, as well. Dale Earnhardt, Jr's No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet pit crew won the inaugural McDonald's Drive Thru Pit Crew Championship, earning $200,000.

Jamie McMurray was honored with the Raybestos Rookie of the Year trophy and a check for $50,000, while General Motors vice president John Middlebrook accepted the Winston Cup manufacturer's championship on behalf of Chevrolet, the brand's 23rd such title in 31 seasons of competition.

Dr. Dean Sicking, the spearhead of NASCAR's safety movement and a chief developer of the SAFER barrier, was given the Bill France Award of Excellence, the highest individual honor in the sport.

"The Bill France Award of Excellence is not presented every year," said president Mike Helton. "It is only awarded for truly significant accomplishments within our sport. Never before has a recipient been more deserving of NASCAR's highest honor."

The list of past honorees includes Jack Roush and Waltrip.
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yeah....i didnt know untill my grandpa told me 15 min before it came on
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I watched it for as long as I could handle it. I gave up after a while though. It's just boring. I saw Lean Rhimes and then said enough. Watching those guys try to give a speech and wearing the suits and all, it's just wrong. They should have a fucking picknic or something normal. bah. just race. Oh and thank god I didn't have to see Burt Ward try to give a speech. I'd have to shoot myself in the face.
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