EMPA ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS FOR 2014 SEASON
Ballston Spa, NY - Voting is complete for the awards presented annually by the Eastern Motorsport Press Association, with formal presentations set for the association’s annual convention, to be held Jan 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Valley Forge, PA.
The newest inductees to the EMPA Hall of Fame will include longtime Thunder Road promoter and ACT series organizer Tom Curley, perennial NHRA champion Frank Manzo, longtime MRN broadcaster Barney Hall and a pair of outstanding drivers who excelled on both dirt and asphalt, Mike McLaughlin and the late Doug Hoffman.
Modified and sprint car hero Stewart Friesen was the runaway winner in voting for the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year, while Donny Schatz’s dominant World of Outlaw campaign brought him similar honors as the Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year.
Voting for the John Blewett III Young Guns Award presented by New England Fuels was neck and neck throughout the process and ended in a dead heat between two youngsters with tremendous futures. Duplicate awards will be presented to teenager Tyler Dippel and Anthony Perrego, who is barely out of his teens. Both had outstanding dirt track campaigns with Dippel also enjoying success in a series of asphalt ventures.
The Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award will be presented to the Patrick family in recognition of their many years of work with the Gater Racing News. Norm and Donna Patrick and their children, Susan and Joe, did everything possible to support auto racing for decades, with the paper finally ceasing publication in 2014 after their longtime printer went out of business.
Winners of the association’s other prestigious awards, including the President’s Award, the Ernie and Marilyn Saxton Service Award, the Ace Lane Sr. Memorial Photography Award and the Jim Hunter Memorial Writers Award, will be announced at the NASCAR/EMPA Hall of Fame banquet on January 3rd. Awards will also be made to the winners in the American Honda Video Contest, the Brice’s NAPA Photography Contest and the Pocono Raceway Writing Contest.