JOHNSON EARNS EASTERN MOTORSPORT PRESS
ASSOCIATION AL HOLBERT MEMORIAL D.O.T.Y. AWARD
The awards keep coming for NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson as the
Eastern Motorsport Press Association has voted him the Al Holbert Memorial
National Driver of the Year.
EMPA is made up of members who are journalists, photographers and
broadcasters that cover motorsports on a regular basis.
Johnson will have his award presented at the annual EMPA Convention
being presented at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Trevose, PA,
January 15 thru 17th. The presentation will take place during the
NASCAR/EMPA Hall of Fame Dinner.
Joining Johnson as recipients of special awards from the EMPA will
be Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Ted Christopher; T.
Wayne Robertson Memorial Newsmaker Award winner Wall Stadium promoter Jim
Morton; Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award winner NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour competitor Wade Cole; along with John Blewett III Young Guns
Presented by New England Racing Fuels Award winner Ryan Truex.
Four new members will be inducted in the Eastern Motorsport Press
Association Hall of Fame.
One of the true legends in dirt modified racing, Freddy Adam tops
the list of inductees along with sprint car legend Steve Smith, Western
Pennsylvania sprint car and super modified legend Lou Blaney and one of the
founding partners of the weekly trade newspaper Gater Racing News Norm
Long time Pocono Raceway public relations person Bob Pleban will be
honored with the Art McHugh Memorial in recognition of his many years of
support of the EMPA.
Several other special awards will be presented along with
journalists and photographers receiving awards for their outstanding efforts
During press conference sessions set for Saturday, January 16th,
presentations will be made by the National Hot Rod Association featuring Top
Fuel star Antron Brown along with presentations by the World Racing Group,
Andy Belmont’s ModSpace ARCA Series team, IndyRacing League, Pocono Raceway,
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Jerry Gappens, Dover International Speedway,
Bethel Motor Speedway, Sundance Vacations Speedway and others.
Sponsor support for the 42nd annual convention comes from a variety
of sources including the NHRA, NASCAR, SPEED, NHRA, World Racing Group, Andy
Belmont Motorsports, IndyRacing League, Pocono Raceway and Brice NAPA Auto
The convention will also be the final under the leadership of Ernie
Saxton who is one of the founders and has served as president for most of
the years since 1969 when the organization got its start. He has notified
the organization that he will not be running for any office in 2010.
Additional information can be had by telephone 215.752.7797 or you
may e-mail Ernie Saxton at
Saxton Communications, Inc.
/ Eastern Motorsports Press Association