Dale Earnhardt Jr. honored for NASCAR contributions
Earnhardt was named the recipient of the prestigious Myers Brothers Award.
In a season where he has won many a trophy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. garnered another award Thursday this time for his contributions to NASCAR in a variety of facets.
Earnhardt was named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Myers Brothers Award, which has been presented annually since 1958 and is handed out by the National Motorsports Press Association.
In honoring Earnhardt, the NMPA cited his role as a driver, championship-winning car owner and philanthropist. Along with his sister, Kelley, and Rick Hendrick, Earnhardt is the co-owner of the Xfinity Series (formerly Nationwide) team JR Motorsports, which has played a significant part in launching the NASCAR careers of drivers Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott Aric Almirola and Danica Patrick as well as several crewmembers.
Eighteen-year-old Elliott won the Xfinity championship this past season as a rookie. Teammate Regan Smith finished second in points, with JRM winning nine races overall.
I’m floored. What an honor to be voted for the Myers Brothers Award. A huge shoutout to everyone @JRMotorsports for their tireless efforts.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) December 4, 2014
“The truth is obviously I’m extremely humbled by this award, but I feel like I share it on so many levels – my sister Kelley along with everyone at JR Motorsports is as deserving of this as anyone,” Earnhardt said. “I have a lot of passions with NASCAR, but I wouldn’t be able to know how to make them realities without all those folks.
“I really feel in my heart, just knowing what I’ve heard and the compliments that I’ve gotten over the last several years, that JR Motorsports is a big asset to the sport.”
Former winners of the Myers Brothers Award include Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. Earnhardt’s father won in 2001.
Off the track, Earnhardt has raised nearly $1 million for various charities through his Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation. And with 235 appearances on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Earnhardt ranks in the top five among professional athletes.
“I’m just as proud of what we’ve accomplished there as anything we’ve ever done on the race track,” said Earnhardt of his charitable efforts.