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

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




 

2013 AARWBA CONTEST WINNERS

(presented at AARWBA awards breakfast, May 24, 2014, Indianapolis, Ind.)

MOTORSPORT BOOK

  • 1. Tammy Kaehler, “Braking Points,” Poisoned Pen Press
  • 2. John Havick, “The Ghosts of NASCAR,” University of Iowa Press
  • 3. Ed Justice Jr., “Follmer,” EJJE Publishing Group
  • Honorable Mention: Fr. Dale Grubba, “The Milwaukee Modified Era,” Stone Chapel Publishing

    NEWSPAPER NEWS WRITING

  • 1. Mark Armijo, , “Two Winners, One Race,” Arizona Republic
  • 2. Ron Hedger, “Hearn Runs Down Dunn,” Schenectady Sunday Gazette
  • 3. Scott Walsh, “Jimmie Johnson Untouchable at Pocono,” Scranton Times-Tribune
  • Honorable Mention: Ralph Smith, “Grand Prix Action at The Glen,” Wayne Independent

    NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING

  • 1. Nicholas Dettmann, “Women of Slinger,” West Bend Daily News
  • 2. Mark Armijo, “NASCAR’s Best Assets,” Arizona Republic
  • 3. Scott Walsh, “Driven: IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe,” Scranton Times-Tribune
  • Honorable Mention: Ralph Smith, “Memories of the Tricky Triangle,” Wayne Independent

    NEWSPAPER COLUMN WRITING

  • 1. Nicholas Dettmann, “Ritger Continues To Build Up Career,” West Bend Daily News
  • 2. Scott Walsh, “Andretti Curse Raises Its Ugly Head,” Scranton Times-Tribune
  • 3. No award

    NEWSPAPER TECHNICAL WRITING

  • 1. Scott Walsh, “NASCAR’s War Wagons,” Scranton Sunday Times
  • 2. No award
  • 3. No award

    MAGAZINE EVENT REPORT

  • 1. Burt Levy, “Pig Meat, Steamed Oysters and Speed,” Vintage Motorsport
  • 2. Mary Bignotti Mendez, “Untouchable,” Inside Track Motorsports News
  • 3. No award

    MAGAZINE FEATURE WRITING

  • 1.(tie) Jim Donnelly, “The Black Beast,” Hemmings Classic Car
  • 1.(tie) Mike Adaskaveg, “Aftermath of a Tragedy,” Speedway Illustrated
  • 3. Charles B. Camp, “Flat Out at Low Tide,” Vintage Motorsport
  • Honorable Mention: Bill Sessa, “Stockton 99: America’s Newest Dirt Track,” Sprint Car and Midget

    MAGAZINE COLUMN WRITING

  • 1. Burt Levy, “Red Mist-Ique,” Vintage Motorsport
  • 2. Dick Berggren, “Progress,” Speedway Illustrated
  • 3. Ron Hedger, “New Englander Finds Dirt Success,” Speed Sport
  • Honorable Mention: Mary Bignotti Mendez, “Officiating Overshadows Title Battle,” Inside Track Motorsport News

    MAGAZINE TECHNICAL WRITING

  • 1. William Vartorella, “Leaner, Lighter, Longer,” Charged Electric Vehicles
  • 2. Bruce A. Bennett, “Have It Your Way,” Speedway Illustrated
  • 3. Dick Berggren, “Vintage Restoration,” Speedway Illustrated

    ONLINE NEWS WRITING

  • 1. Nicholas Dettmann, “Balog Makes His Own Racing History,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com
  • 2. Kay Presto, “Dixon Wins IndyCar Championship, Power Wins Race,” Carsandcompetition.com
  • 3. Ron Hedger, “Dunn Gets Syracuse Redemption,” National speedsportnews.com

    ONLINE FEATURE WRITING

  • 1. Nicholas Dettmann, “Heavy Heart Can’t Slow Down Roger Lee,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com
  • 2. Kay Presto, “Brittany Force: Tiny But Tough,” Carsandcompetition.com
  • 3. Patrick Reynolds, “Zanardi, Ganassi Provide Pre-Indy Emotion,” Motorweeklive.com

    ONLINE COLUMN WRITING

  • 1. Anne Proffit, “The Screwing of Katherine Legge,” Motorsport.com
  • 2. Paul Gohde, “A View from the Berms,” Racingnation.com
  • 3. Patrick Reynolds, “Alan Kulwicki Gone 20 Years,” Motorweeklive,com
  • Honorable Mention: Ron Hedger, “The Long Look,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com

    ONLINE TECHNICAL WRITING

  • 1. Kay Presto, “The Tire Dance in Racing,” Carsandcompetition.com
  • 2. No award
  • 3. No award

    WEB LOG ENTRY

  • 1. No award
  • 2. No award
  • 3. No award
  • Honorable mention: Patrick Reynolds, “IndyCar Marches Forward,” www.motorweeklive.com

    PROFESSIONAL RACING WEB SITE

  • 1. Carsandcompetition, Kay Presto
  • 2. No award
  • 3. No award
  • Honorable Mention: Motorweeklive.com, Patrick Reynolds

    PHOTOGRAPHY – PRINT ACTION

  • 1. David Moulthrop, “Frightening Finish,” Gater Racing News
  • 2. Bruce A. Bennett, “Who Put That Wall There?,” Speedway Illustrated
  • 3. Don Figler, “Tight Formation,” Speed Sport
  • Honorable Mention: Harold Hoch, “Blown Away,” Reading Eagle

    PHOTOGRAPHY – PRINT PEOPLE

  • 1. David Moulthrop, “Say It Again,” Gater Racing News
  • 2. Kimberly Shaw, “Precious Moments,” Gater Racing News
  • 3. Harold Hoch, “The Winning Time Slip,” Reading Eagle

    PHOTOGRAPHY – ONLINE ACTION

  • 1. Bruce A. Bennett, “Pitting Carl Edwards,” Nationalspeedsportnews.com
  • 2. Michael C. Johnson, “”Spanky Hits the Spot,” Motorsport.com
  • 3. Kay Presto, “Kurt Busch Gets Quick Service,” Carsandcompetition.com

    PHOTOGRAPHY - ONLINE PEOPLE

  • 1. Larry Mason, “Sato Does Post-Practice Interview,” Carsandcompetition.com
  • 2. Michael C. Johnson, “Victory Circle,” Motorsport.com
  • 3. No award

    RADIO FEATURE PROGRAM

  • 1. Larry Mason, “Motorsports Roundup,” ESPN Honolulu
  • 2. Kay Presto, “Ohana Road Show,” ESPN Honolulu
  • 3. No award

    PODCAST/WEBCAST

  • 1. Dick Sisich, “NHRA Pre-Race with Jack Beckman,” Racesonoma.com
  • 2. Larry Mason, “Pro/Celebrity and ALMS Interviews, Carsandcompetition.com
  • 3. No award

    (JUDGES)

  • Photography (all) – Prof. Emeritus Susan Fleck, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin (Ind.) College
  • Radio Feature, 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.), David Stringer, sports photojournalist
  • (All judging was essentially “blind,” except in the Book, Racing Website, Radio Feature Program, and Podcast/Webcast categories. Judges had the option to not make awards if they felt they were not warranted.)


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