Speedway Motorsports has agreed to sponsor the National Motorsports Press Association's Spirit Award.

The award will be known as the NMPA Speedway Motorsports Award. It is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each year, quarterly winners are selected, and an overall winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.

"We are extremely proud to partner with the National Motorsports Press Association in sponsoring the Spirit Award,' said Lori Worley, director of media and public relations at Bristol Motor Speedway, on behalf of Speedway Motorsports.

"Throughout the years, some amazing people, such as Dale Earnhardt and Kyle Petty, as well as the Allison Family, have been honored with the Spirit Award. It recognizes the many contributions of individuals and organizations to the motorsports industry and we are happy to offer our support to such a worthwhile award."

Said Dustin Long, NMPA President: "The National Motorsports Press Association is pleased to have Speedway Motorsports sponsor the Spirit Award and join us in honoring those who make a difference.'

Two quarterly winners have been honored this year. David Poole of The Charlotte Observer was the first quarter recipient for his efforts to help a family burdened by medical bills. The second quarter recipient was Jeff Kerr, a jack man at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for donating the $10,000 prize he earned at the pit crew challenge to a family whose 4-year-old son was severely injured in a lawn mower accident.

Both recipients, along with the final two quarterly winners, will be eligible for the yearly honor.

Speedway Motorsports owns and operates Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

The National Motorsports Press Association was formed more than 40 years ago and is open to media who cover motorsports through print, radio, television or Internet news organizations. More information on the NMPA can be found at www.nmpaonline.com.