Pocono Raceway Receives 2023 Joe Littlejohn Award for Service to NMPA

January 23, 2024
Nick Igdalsky (right) of Pocono Raceway. Photo Provided by NMPA Board Member Seth Eggert.

CONCORD, N.C. – Pocono Raceway has been named the 2023 recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Joe Littlejohn Award as chosen and announced by the organization’s president, Kelly Crandall.

Pocono Raceway was chosen for its service to the NMPA. The unique triangle-shaped facility in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, has been the presenting sponsor of the Pocono Spirit Award and recently extended their agreement by five years.

Ben May, the track president, along with Nick Igdalsky, the CEO, and the Mattioli family have long been supporters of the NMPA. Both May and Igdalsky have attended the annual convention and participated in presenting awards.

“It’s impossible to try to do anything with the Spirit Award and not think about the support of Pocono Raceway,” Crandall said. “Not only are they the presenting sponsor of the award, but they are just as enthusiastic about its meaning and presentation as the organization. I’ll never forget the 2022 convention when Ben May told me that Pocono Raceway was committed to the award going forward and in fact, would do it for a lifetime.

“Having great partners is vital to the success of the NMPA and Pocono Raceway is one of them. I hope this recognition expressed how much they mean to the organization.”

Drs. Joe and Rose Mattioli, the co-founders of Pocono Raceway, were presented the Joe Littlejohn Award in 1998.

The Joe Littlejohn Award is presented each year to the person or persons, or an organization, in recognition of outstanding service to the NMPA. It is chosen by the sitting president.

The award is named for the former Spartanburg, South Carolina track owner, who was also a competitor in the sport. Littlejohn is credited two career NASCAR starts but raced extensively before the formation of NASCAR.

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