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NASCAR contingency program adds awards for '12

February 27, 2012, Official Release,

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As teams make final preparations to start the 2012 race season, NASCAR announced Tuesday the lineup of 2012 contingency program sponsors for all three national series.

The NASCAR Contingency Program is administered by the NASCAR Automotive Group, based in Charlotte, N.C. The program strives to build strong relationships with high-quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories, and award money to NASCAR teams via per-race and year-end awards. Competitors become eligible for prize money by displaying sponsor decals on the front fender of their race cars and trucks. In some instances, use of a sponsor's product is also required.

Three new special awards highlight the 2012 contingency program award lineup. This season, longtime official partner and Roush Fenway Racing primary sponsor 3M will present the 3M Lap Leader award in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The award will go to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in each race throughout the season. USG Corp., the official building product supplier of NASCAR, will present the USG Improving the Finish award to the eligible Cup driver who improves the most positions from starting position to finishing position in each race event.

Freescale, the official automotive semiconductor of NASCAR, is not only helping to usher in electronic fuel injection to the Cup Series, but also will present a new contingency special award to Cup competitors. The Freescale Wide Open award will be given to the eligible Cup driver that is the most aggressive during the final 20 percent of the race, measured by having the throttle "wide open" the greatest amount of time and finishing in the top five.

"As one of the largest suppliers of electronics for automotive, networking, consumer and industrial products, Freescale is known for high performance products and for pushing technology to the limits," said Rich Beyer, chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor. "We want to reward that same kind of performance on the track."

"We are very pleased to have a strong lineup of NASCAR Prize Money & Decal Program sponsors in the national series this year including new special awards from our dedicated partners 3M, USG and Freescale," said Todd Armstrong, managing director, NASCAR Automotive Group. "NASCAR contingency sponsors and teams display a level of synergy and teamwork that is unparalleled in sports and continues to be one of the major reasons companies choose to partner with NASCAR."

Below is the 2012 national series sponsor lineup and special awards:

3M -- NSCS#, NNS#

* Lap Leader Award

ARP Fasteners -- NNS Auto Meter Gauges -- NSCS, NNS, NCWTS Competition Cams -- NSCS, NNS, NCWTS

Coors Light -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS# (Keystone Light)

* Pole Award


* Crew Chief of the Race/Year

Edelbrock Intake Manifolds -- NSCS, NNS, NCWTS Featherlite -- NNS#, NCWTS#

* Most Improved Driver Award

Freescale -- NSCS#

* Wide Open Award

Goodyear Tires -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS#

* Goodyear Tires Award to Series Champions

Growth Energy/American Ethanol -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS#

* Green Flag Restart Award (NSCS)

* Awarded to Series Champions (NNS, NCWTS)

Holley Throttle Bodies/Carburetors -- NSCS (throttle bodies), NNS, NCWTS JE Pistons -- NNS, NCWTS JEGS -- NSCS, NNS K&N Filters -- NSCS, NNS, NCWTS Lincoln Electric -- NSCS, NCWTS MAHLE Clevite -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS#

* Engine Builder of the Race/Year Award

Mechanix Wear -- NSCS#, NNS, NCWTS

* Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew (Quarterly/Year-End)

Mobil 1 -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS#

* Driver of the Race/Year

MOOG Steering & Suspension -- NSCS#, NNS, NCWTS

* Problem Solver of the Race/Year

MSD Ignition -- NNS, NCWTS Simpson Firesuits -- NNS, NCWTS Sunoco -- NSCS#, NNS#, NCWTS#

* Diamond Performance Award to Series Champions

* Rookie of the Year


* Improving the Finish Award

# Indicates Special Award sponsor with a year-end bonus.