The National Motorsports Press Association consists of qualified
members of the media who report on the sport of auto racing
through his or her affiliation with print, radio, television
or the Internet news organizations.
Members of the organization
are dedicated to maintaining high journalistic standards and promoting one
of the most popular sporting endeavors in the United States.
Formed more than 40
years ago as the Southern Motorsports Association, it began as a small group
of writers and broadcasters who primarily covered NASCAR and related stock
car racing in the South.
Through the years, it
has evolved into an organization made up of national and international members
who cover all forms of motorsports. It also includes associate members, many
of whom are among the most influential individuals in auto racing.
The NMPA Stock Car Racing
Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway
has been in operation since 1965, and recently inducted its
77th and 78th members.
Two of the most significant
honors an individual or group in auto racing can receive are
presented by the NMPA each year. The Richard Petty Driver of
the Year Award has been awarded each year since 1969 during
ceremonies at the group’s annual convention
and awards dinner. The Myers Brothers Award, recognizing lifetime
contributions to motorsports, is presented each year as part
of the NASCAR Awards Ceremony.
Also presented is the NMPA/Chex NASCAR Nextel Cup Most Popular Award, determined by nationwide
fan voting. Each year, millions of votes are cast.
As a reward to motorsports
individuals or groups that perform charitable acts or display courage under
adverse circumstances, the NMPA offers its quarterly NMPA Spirit Award,
which culminates with an annual recipient of the overall award.
There are many other
awards and activities which are part of the NMPA, all of which are designed
to meet its goal of being the most prominent and respected press organization