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Russ Catlin Awards announced during Media Tour

January 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Russ Catlin Awards announced during Media Tour
Winners received their awards at Richard Childress Racing shop

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As hundreds of writers, broadcasters and photographers began the 31st NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, several of the journalists left the first day with an extra gift in the form of one of the most prestigious motorsports awards.

The Russ Catlin Award for Excellence in Motorsports Journalism recognizes the best motorsports coverage in five categories: Daily and Non-Daily Writing, Local and National Broadcast and Photojournalism. Entries are open to all forms of motorsports coverage.

This year’s winners -- the 28th -- were Thomas Pope (Fayetteville Observer), Kris Johnson (NASCAR Illustrated), Andrew Doud (WSOC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.), Rosie Barresi (SPEED) and Gary Nastase (National Dragster).

Russ Catlin was one of the best-known racing writers and historians, contributing articles and information to several publications. He was also a pioneer of motorsports public relations and served as publicist for Darlington Raceway during the 1960s. He also guided several influential figures in the motorsports field, including former Charlotte Motor Speedway General Manager Humpy Wheeler, who established the awards in his honor.

The Indiana University School of Journalism judged the award entries. The recipients were honored at a ceremony held at Richard Childress Racing during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. Winners received a trophy and $1,000 scholarship from Charlotte Motor Speedway in their names to the school of their choice. 


-- Russ Catlin, circa 1960

The 2012 Charlotte Motor Speedway Russ Catlin Awards for Excellence in Motorsports Journalism are as follows:

Writing - Daily

Thomas Pope - Fayetteville Observer
Entry: "Rock of Ages"
Judges' Comments: The reporter brings Bowman Gray Stadium to life, revealing the culture of grassroots racing with plenty of local color. Whether readers are racing fans or not, they will recognize the passion and connection to place as universal human experiences.
Scholarship: Methodist University

Writing - Non-Daily

Kris Johnson - NASCAR Illustrated
Entry: "Skin in the Game"
Judges' Comments: This story explores the intersection of gender, fame, sponsorship and legacy through multiple perspectives. The reporter shows the complexity of a controversial issue that has wide-reaching implications.
Scholarship: Middlebury College

Broadcast - Local

Andrew Doud - WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC
Entry: "Pit Crew Training"
Judges' Comments: This story has everything a great broadcast feature needs: quality reporting, great interviews and natural sound, effective editing and videography. This report makes clear the importance of teamwork in racing. The audience "walks" in the pit crew's shoes.
Scholarship: Elon University

Broadcast - National

Rosie Barresi – SPEED
Entry: "Pass in the Grass"
Judges' Comments: Entertaining story that provides context for multiple elements of NASCAR history: Dale Earnhardt's legendary status, the coining of a famous phrase, and the role of rivalries in racing. Broadcast on the 25th anniversary of the "pass in the grass," this piece is both timely and timeless, balancing ample research and reporting with humor and good storytelling.
Scholarship: Columbia College Chicago

Photojournalism

Gary Nastase - National Dragster
Entry: "Funny Car Explosion”
Judges' Comments: An aesthetically pleasing photo rife with visual intrigue and definite "stopping power." Although the situation is not unique, the photographer captured an image that also functions as spot news.
Scholarship: Mt. San Antonio College


  1985  
Print: Clyde Bolton Birmingham News
Electronic Ken Squier CBS Sports
     
  1986  
Print: Sandra McKee The Baltimore Sun
Electronic Mark Allen Sunbelt Video
     
  1987  
Print: Bruce Martin Gaston Gazette
Electronic Bob Hice WBTV-TV
     
  1988  
Print: Ed Hinton The Atlanta Journal
Electronic Randy Pemberton Inside Winston Cup Racing
     
  1989  
Print: Tom Higgins The Charlotte Observer
Electronic Mark Allen Sunbelt Video
     
  1990  
Print: Deb Williams Winston Cup Scene
Electronic Steve Porter On Pit Road Teleproductions
     
  1991  
Print: Deb Williams Winston Cup Scene
Electronic Bill Weber Sunbelt Video
     
  1992  
Print: Joe Siano The New York Times
Electronic Randy Pemberton Inside Winston Cup Racing
     
  1993  
Print: Cary D'Amato The Milwaukee Journal
Electronic Ralph Sheheen Int'l Communications Group
     
  1994  
Print: Rob Sneddon Stock Car Racing
Electronic Scott Dowless Inside Winston Cup Racing
     
  1995  
Print: Bones Bourcier Stock Car Racing
Electronic Randy Pemberton Inside Winston Cup Racing
     
  1996  
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke Dallas Morning News
Print - Non-Daily: Bones Bourcier Stock Car Racing
Broadcast - National: Pamela Branner RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Sean Pragano WCYB-TV
     
  1997  
Print - Daily: Lon Wagner Virginian-Pilot
Print - Non-Daily: Bob Zeller Car and Driver
Broadcast - National: Julie Smith RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Charlie Smith WMUR-TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
     
  1998  
Print - Daily: Bill Koenig Indianapolis Star
Print - Non-Daily: Bob Zeller Car and Driver
Broadcast - National: Kathryn Nixon RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard WCNC-TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
     
  1999  
Print - Daily: Juliet Macur Orlando Sentinel
Print - Non-Daily: Bruce Martin Circle Track/Stock Car
Broadcast - National: Donald Schick RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard WCNC-TV
Photojournalism: Jim Fluharty NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated
     
  2000  
Print - Daily: Al Levine Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Print - Non-Daily: Bob Judd Road and Track
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro Inside NASCAR/TNN
Broadcast - Local: John Roberts & Clint Wiles WBTV-TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
     
  2001  
Print - Daily: Godwin Kelly Daytona Beach News-Journal
Print - Non-Daily: Mike Hembree The Sporting News
Broadcast - National: Ryan McGee Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Joe Dodd Game Day Productions
Photojournalism: Bill Anderson NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
     
  2002  
Print - Daily: Dave Kallmann Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Print - Non-Daily: Mark Ashenfelter NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
Broadcast - National: Chrissy Pellegrino Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard WCNC-TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
     
  2003  
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke The Washington Post
Print - Non-Daily: Godwin Kelly Racing Milestones
Broadcast - National: Rob Nelson SPEED Channel
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard WCNC-TV
Photojournalism: Earl Ma National Speed Sport News
     
  2004  
Print - Daily: Sandra McKee The Baltimore Sun
Print - Non-Daily: Gordon Kirby Road & Track
Broadcast - National: Matt Dillner Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Jeff Gravley WRAL-TV
Photojournalism: Chuck Yadmark NASCAR Illustrated
     
  2005  
Print - Daily: Nate Ryan Richmond Times-Dispatch
Print - Non-Daily: Mike Hembree NASCAR Scene
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro ESPN Outside the Lines
Broadcast - Local: Paul Johnson WCYB-TV
Photojournalism: Phil Rider Sports Illustrated
Last Call Writing: Rea White NASCAR Scene
Last Call Broadcast: Paul Johnson WCYB-TV
     
  2006  
Print - Daily: David Poole The Charlotte Observer
Print - Non-Daily: Seth Livingstone USA Today Sports Weekly
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro ESPN Outside the Lines
Broadcast - Local: Heather Williams WTVC-TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
     
  2007  
Print - Daily: Nate Ryan USA Today
Print - Non-Daily: David Caraviello NASCAR.com
Broadcast - National: Drew Gallagher ESPN, NASCAR Countdown
Broadcast - Local: Blair Miller WSOC-TV
Photojournalism: David Griffin NASCAR Scene
     
  2008  
Print - Daily: Susan Wade Newark Star-Ledger
Print - Non-Daily: Mike Hembree NASCAR Scene
Broadcast - National: Tom Rinaldi ESPN, ESPN NASCAR Now
Broadcast - Local: Kevin Wren WGHP-TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
     
  2009  
Print - Daily: Nate Ryan USA Today
Print - Non-Daily: David Newton ESPN.com
Broadcast - National: Bonnie Larkin ESPN
Broadcast - Local: Brian Tetzler KWGN-TV
Photojournalism: David Moulthrop Gator News
     
  2010  
Print - Daily: Nate Ryan USA Today
Print - Non-Daily: Kris Johnson NASCAR Illustrated
Broadcast - National: Lauren Stowell ESPN
Broadcast - Local: Brian Tetzler KWGN-TV
Photojournalism: Mark Reblias US Presswire
     
  2011  
Print - Daily: Don Coble Morris News Service/Florida Times-Union
Print - Non-Daily: David Caraviello NASCAR.com
Broadcast - National: Justin Burnett SPEED
Broadcast - Local: Alan Cavanna WSOC-TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
     
  2012  
Print - Daily: Thomas Pope Fayetteville Observer
Print - Non-Daily: Kris Johnson NASCAR Illustrated
Broadcast - National: Rosie Barressi SPEED
Broadcast - Local: Andrew Doud WSOC-TV
Photojournalism: Gary Nastase National Dragster