Tony Stewart was honored by the National Motor Sports Press Association (NMPA) during Thursday’s annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas. Stewart was praised as a fierce competitor, championship team owner and race track promoter.
Stewart received the 2013 NMPA Myers Brothers Award Thursday during the organization’s Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas, part of NASCAR Champion’s Week where six-time champion Jimmy Johnson is being honored for his accomplishments in the series this season.
This is crazy,” said the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who was surprised with the award. “What an honor. It’s very humbling.” Stewart was recognized as a fierce competitor, championship team owner and race track promoter.
“The stories of our winner’s big heart have gotten around; much to his dismay, I’m sure. Trust me, they’re endless,” NMPA President Kenny Bruce told the internet audience and guests assembled in Las Vegas.
Bruce’s introductory remarks were echoed by master of ceremonies and FOX Sports broadcaster Mike Joy. “What he does for the sport makes him one of a kind.”
Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, has been sidelined for several months while recovering from a broken leg. He is expected to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in time to drive in the February 2014 Daytona 500. During his recovery period he has often appeared at the track to support SHR drivers Danica Patrick and Ryan Newman.