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Writing, Broadcasting, Photography, Online Media and Book Contests
"Exclusively for members of the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association"

Click here for a PDF file of the rules and entry form

Click here for the list of winners (reverse chronological order - newest first)




 

2012 AARWBA CONTEST WINNERS

at AARWBA awards breakfast, May 25, 2013 Indianapolis

2012 AARWBA CONTEST WINNERS

(presented at AARWBA awards breakfast, May 25, 2013, Indianapolis, Ind.)

 

MOTORSPORT BOOK

1. Bob Gates, “California Gold: The Legendary Life of Troy Ruttman,” Pitstop Books

2. No award

3. No award

 

NEWSPAPER NEWS WRITING

1. Michael Knight, “Wreckin’ and Fightin’,” Arizona Republic

2. Scott Walsh, “Bittersweet Win,” Scranton Times-Tribune

3. Ron Hedger, “Hearn’s Fuel Gamble Pays Off,” Schenectady Daily Gazette

 

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING

1. Nicholas Dettmann, “West Bend Native Anxious for Event Honoring Mentor,” West Bend Daily News

2. Michael Knight, “Champs’ Relationship Shifts Gears,” Arizona Republic

3. Scott Walsh, “Fit For The King,” Scranton Sunday Times

 

NEWSPAPER COLUMN WRITING

1. Scott Walsh, “Mattioli Relished Family, Hot Dogs,” Scranton Sunday Times

2. Nicholas Dettmann, “Shelby Finally Celebrates with Doughnuts,” West Bend Daily News

3. No award

 

NEWSPAPER TECHNICAL WRITING

1. Scott Walsh, “Fuel System Makes Pocono Track Debut,” Scranton Sunday Times

2. No award

3. No award

 

MAGAZINE EVENT REPORT

1. Burt Levy, “Aging Innocents Attempt Autosport Everest,” Vintage Motorsport

2. Mary Bignotti-Mendez, “Northern Exposure,” Inside Track Motorsports News

3. No award

 

MAGAZINE FEATURE WRITING

1. Jim Donnelly, “Effort Equals Results,” Hemmings Muscle Machines

2. Burt Levy, “A Bigger Hammer,” Vintage Motorsport

3. Bill Sessa, “Kear’s Speed Shop,” Performance Racing Industry

Honorable Mention: Charles B. Camp, “Indoor Insanity,” Vintage Motorsport

 

MAGAZINE COLUMN WRITING

1. Louise Noeth, “From the Demonizers to Humanizers,” Goodguys Gazette

2. Bruce A. Bennett, “From Fan to Friend,” Speedway Illustrated

3. Burt Levy, “Retro Awe All Over Again,” Vintage Motorsport

Honorable Mention: Ron Hedger, “Bodine Looks at Racing Differently,” Speed Sport

 

MAGAZINE TECHNICAL WRITING

1. Bruce A. Bennett, “Prep School,” Speedway Illustrated

2. Anne Proffit, “Ten Years in the Making,” Race Engine Technology

3. William Vartorella, “A New Disruptive Formula,” Charged Electric Vehicles

 

ONLINE NEWS WRITING

1. Patrick Reynolds, “Franchitti Claims Third Indy 500,” Motorweeklive.com

2. Kay Presto, “Beckman, Brown Win NHRA World Titles,” Carsandcompetition.com

3. Ron Hedger, “Hearn Runs Dry; McCreadie Pockets $20,000,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com

Honorable Mention: Michael Knight, “Paul Page Out of NHRA Booth for 2013,” Competitionplus.com

 

ONLINE FEATURE WRITING

1. Kay Presto, “Mike Neff – Wearing Two Hats,” Carsandcompetition.com

2. Patrick Reynolds, “Dan Wheldon’s Memory Lives On,” Motorweeklive.com

3. No award

 

ONLINE COLUMN WRITING

1. Michael Knight, “Oh, What Might Have Been,” Competitionpress.com

2. Patrick Reynolds, “Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Fighting for Future,” Motorweeklive.com

3. Paul Gohde, “Sprint Cup Series at Road America?,Racingnation,com

Honorable Mention: Phillip Gary Smith, “When 10K HP Goes Wrong,” Go2geiger.com

 

ONLINE TECHNICAL WRITING

1. Kay Presto, “A Continued Search for Safety in Racing,” Carsandcompetition.com

2. No award

3. No award

 

WEB LOG ENTRY

1. Bruce Bennett, “Fantasy Camp for Engineers,” Techbriefs.com

2. Michael Knight, “A History of IndyCar Infighting,” Spindoctor500blog.blogspot.com

3. No award

 

PROFESSIONAL RACING WEB SITE

1. Motorsport.com, Nancy Knapp Schilke

2. Carsandcompetition.com, Kay Presto

3. Motorweeklive.com, Patrick Reynolds

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – PRINT ACTION

1. Bruce A. Bennett, “Not Pleased to Meet You,” Speedway Illustrated

2. Joe McHugh, “Silver Lining,” Drag Racing Action

3. No award

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – PRINT PEOPLE

1. Louise Ann Noeth, “Missoula Mile Man,” China Auto Pictorial

2. Joe McHugh, “One Last Look,” Drag Racing Action

3. Bruce A. Bennett, “Brian Tyler in Victory Lane,” Speedway Illustrated

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – ONLINE ACTION

1. Michael C. Johnson, “Chili Bowl Leap Frog,” Motorsport.com

2. Anne Proffit, “Coughlin on the Upswing,” Motorsport.com

3. Edwin Hollowell, “Bad Luck for Elson,” Ris-news.com

Honorable Mention: Bruce A. Bennett, “On the Gas,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHY - ONLINE PEOPLE

1. Joe McHugh, “Antron’s Focus,” Dragracingonline.com

2. Michael C. Johnson, “Courtney Force,” Motorsport.com

3. Louise Ann Noeth, “Speed King of Queens,” NYTimes.com

 

PODCAST/WEBCAST

1. Dick Sisich, “Conversation with Reubens Barrichello,” Racesonoma.com

2. No award

3. No award

 

OK, here we go again. Part of the message in my earlier tries was regarding the Bloys Britt Award. Ron Lemasters recommended and I concurred that it probably should go to Kay Presto's entry in the Online Technical Writing about concussions and head injuries in racing -- timely, significant, well-done, all things Bloys probably would have appreciated. Cheers, Jerry

 

(JUDGES)

Photography (all) – Prof. Emeritus Susan Fleck, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin (Ind.) College

Podcast/Webcast – Prof. Joel Cramer, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin (Ind.) College

Newspaper Feature Writing, Newspaper Column Writing, Magazine Event Reporting, Magazine Feature Writing, Magazine Column Writing, Online Feature Writing, Online Column, Web Log, Professional Racing Website – Prof. Emeritus Jerry Miller, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin (Ind.) College, & AARWBA Contest Chairman

Newspaper News Writing, Newspaper Technical Writing, Magazine Technical Writing, Online Technical Writing – Ron Lemasters (Sr.), Muncie Star-Press (ret.)

Motorsport Book -- Jerry Miller, Ron Lemasters (Sr.)

(All judging was essentially “blind,” except in the Book, Racing Website, and Podcast/Webcast categories. Judges had the option to not make awards if they felt they were not warranted.)


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