Supporting and Honoring Auto Racing Journalism since 1965
National Motorsports Press Association
Recognizing Motorsports Media in the United States
For more than 55 years, the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) has honored writers, broadcasters and photo journalists from news outlets covering a broad range of motorsports. Originally a NASCAR-centric organization, the NMPA now welcomes members covering the IndyCar Series, IMSA, USAC, ARCA, drag racing, and Supercross, to name a few. The NMPA honors both its own members and motorsports competitors with awards such as the NMPA Most Popular Driver, the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award, the Myers Brothers Award, Joe Littlejohn Award, the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award and the Wood Brothers Award of Excellence.
Press membership in the NMPA is open to writers, broadcasters and photographers who regularly cover auto racing. The organization also welcomes Associate members who are active in the sport in other capacities, such as public relations, track management and sponsorship.
Advancing Motorsports Journalism Since 1965
With more than 200 Press and Associate members, the NMPA strives to enhance working conditions and improve access to competitors across a broad range of motorsports. Toward this end, the organization maintains close working relationships with major auto racing sanctioning bodies.
Through annual contests, the NMPA recognizes and publicizes the excellent work of its members, honoring coverage in such categories as race stories, spot news, features and columns. Each year, the NMPA also recognizes one outstanding member in each of the categories of writing, broadcasting and photography.
The NMPA includes in its ranks members from the prominent national outlets that cover motorsports, including FOX Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, the Motor Racing Network, the Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM Radio in addition to daily newspapers, wire services and prominent websites throughout the United States.
Leaders of the NMPA
Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He has served as NMPA President since 2020.
Kelly has been on the NASCAR beat full-time since 2013, joining RACER Magazine in 2017. Her journalism has also been featured on NASCAR.com and NBC Sports. She is a corporate communications graduate from Central Penn College.
Owner of independent media outlet KickinTheTires.net, Jerry Jordan has served the NMPA through a variety of positions. He has covered NASCAR for over 20 years, with his team recently expanding into Supercross and iRacing.
Bridget Holloman has served Darlington Raceway as Executive Assistant for almost 40 years, and the NMPA as Executive Secretary since 1991. Her goal is to connect drivers, owners, media, fans, sponsors and community members into one racing family.