NASCAR.com reporter Holly Cain has been voted as the National Motorsports Press Association's Spirit Award winner for the second quarter of 2015. Cain , whose career covering motorsports spans more than 25 years, was named on 66 percent of the ballots cast by NMPA membership. The award is "designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports," according to the NMPA's news release. RELATED: Steve Byrnes honored with first quarter NMPS Spirit Award Cain was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2014. Her courage and determination while battling multiple surgeries, her ability to write with passion and purpose, and -- most importantly -- her role as a loving mother of two have inspired others throughout the NASCAR industry. Cain has been a longstanding supporter of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and its "Race for a Cure" running events. Her column documenting her personal fight won first place in the NMPA's column writing category in 2014. Cain worked for numerous media outlets -- The Tampa Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, AOL and FOXSports.com -- before joining NASCAR.com in August 2012.
Watch as NASCAR.com writer Holly Cain rides along with Jimmie Johnson through Las Vegas on the NASCAR Victory Lap.
NASCAR.com writer Holly Cain's in-car video of her Victory Lap ride with Jimmie Johnson.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: The drivers get most of the attention, so we will introduce you to the 16 crew chiefs that will be making the calls for the teams in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Who has the best pit crew of all the Chase teams? PitTalks.com's four-part series analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each over-the-wall crew ... @nascarcasm recaps the Richmond action as only he can. TUESDAY: Will there be any movement in this week's Power Rankings presented by Outback? We'll see how the top drivers are ranked heading into the Chase ... @nascarcasm drafts up a Facebook page using his wit and comedic puns ... Hear the best in-car audio with Scanner Sounds. WEDNESDAY: See the fresh looks that will be on track at Chicagoland Speedway with Paint Scheme Preview ... High 5 presents the best NASCAR content from around the web ... Which team is the favorite to win the championship? Holly Cain tells you ... Kenny Bruce reports on the open test at Kansas. THURSDAY: Chase Media Day is here and NASCAR.com will have a live stream from the event so you can hear from all the drivers in the postseason field ... Driver Reports is back this week and highlights the 16 drivers in the Chase ... Jimmie Johnson turning 40? @nascarcasm has something to say about that. FRIDAY: There is plenty of on-track action with all three NASCAR national series in action at Chicagoland Speedway . A busy day is capped off by Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at 6:45 p.m. ET followed by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 at 8:30 p.m. ET. ... Kenny Bruce and Zack Albert will be on the ground as drivers prepare for the start of the Chase ... 8 Tweets highlights the best from social media in the past week. Also coming this week: Chase Across North America kicks off on Tuesday with drivers taking to the cities hosting Chase races and a few other locations for special appearances ahead of the Chase ... In light of Denny Hamlin 's torn ACL, we take a look at drivers who have raced injured.
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman and Holly Cain give you some last-minute updates before the Federated Auto Parts 400. Find out who was fast, the latest on Denny Hamlin's leg, and who you should be picking to win the race.
RELATED: See the Chase Grid " Download your own We asked members of the NASCAR.com editorial staff to fill out their Chase Grids. Even @nascarcasm got involved. See below for our sleepers, championship picks and even a few doodles. Click on the individual grids to make them larger. Zack Albert Kenny Bruce Holly Cain George Winkler Brad Norman @nascarcasm
Six-time champ says it never gets old during "Victory Lap" burnout
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Dale Earnhardt Jr . reveals his throwback paint scheme for Darlington, and it's a nod to Cale Yarborough ... The Weekend in GIFs recaps Bristol through GIF form ... Clint Bowyer joins Junior in revealing his new look for the "Lady in Black." TUESDAY: Power Rankings presented by Outback may be in line for a new No. 1 after Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick dueled at Bristol ... you'll get a double dose of @nascarcasm today, with him presenting Joey Logano 's race-winning Facebook page as well as Madden ratings for certain drivers to coincide with the popular video game's release. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display this weekend at Road America and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... The Sprint Cup Series is off this week, but we'll give you the Darlington schemes that have already been revealed ... High 5 presents the best NASCAR content from around the web. THURSDAY: A special edition of Driver Reports highlights those drivers on the Chase bubble ... We'll revisit @nascarcasm taking drivers of today and photoshopping them into photos of yesterday ... Senior writer Holly Cain talks to driver Chase Elliott , who recently got his license. His pilot's license. FRIDAY: Landon Cassill and Josh Wise will compete in the triathlon world championship Saturday, and Holly Cain will tell their story ... The NASCAR XFINITY Series gets on track at Road America with a couple of practices ... 8 Tweets highlights the best from social media in the past week. Also coming this week: Holly Cain will cover Wednesday's open test at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Tuesday will have the best sounds from the scanner.
RELATED: Complete Sunday schedule " Kes takes Darlington pole Members of the NASCAR.com editorial team make their predictions for one of the most prestigious races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar: the Bojangles' Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Zack Albert Kyle Busch : The tradition returns? Kyle Busch leading piles of laps at Darlington has some heritage, too. Kenny Bruce Jeff Gordon : A five-time Southern 500 winner, Gordon secures a spot in the Chase in his final Darlington appearance. Holly Cain Kevin Harvick : Coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes in the previous two races, it's time Harvick re-visits victory lane for a proper Chase send-off and his second straight Darlington win. MORE: Darlington throwback paint schemes Brad Norman Kurt Busch : The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has three career poles, but no wins at Darlington. That changes Sunday as the No. 41 notches a momentum-building win with the Chase looming. George Winkler Kevin Harvick : Fans looking for a surprise winner to shake up the Chase won't get it because Harvick has been just too good all season and is in prime position (third in lineup) for a repeat performance at Darlington. Pat DeCola Martin Truex Jr . : Sure, Truex started the season with 13 top-10s in his first 15 races and only has two in the nine events since, but it's hard to picture the No. 78 team not regaining its strength as we roll into the Chase. With a low-downforce package at Darlington that would seem to favor Truex -- a vocal proponent of as little downforce as possible -- a Southern 500 win for the Furniture Row Racing driver seems like more than just a dark horse pick. RJ Kraft Kevin Harvick : No Cup driver has repeated at Darlington since Greg Biffle did in 2006, and Harvick will as he also sees his string of oh-so-close calls for a third 2015 victory come to an end at the “Lady in Black." Jessica Ruffin Brad Keselowski : Pole-sitter Keselowski's speed during practice and qualifying at "The Lady in Black," coupled with his strength with the low downforce rules package at Kentucky tells me he is going to be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday night. Kathy Sheldon Joey Logano : He loved the low downforce package at Kentucky, finishing second with it. He's on a roll with two wins in the last three races. And he found some speed in practice at Darlington, breaking into the top 10 in early practice.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Jessica Ruffin breaks down all 43 cars and their finishes at Darlington in The Rundown ... Jeff Gordon moved closer to making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington but still isn't where he wants to be ... @nascarcasm recaps the Darlington action as only he can ... Miss the Bojangles' Southern 500 or just want to relive the key moments? Race Rewind has you covered. TUESDAY: Will there be any movement in this week's Power Rankings presented by Outback? We'll see how the top drivers are ranked ... Chase crashers? Find out which driver has the best chance to break into the postseason with just one regular-season race left ... @nascarcasm drafts up a Facebook page using his wit and comedic puns ... Hear the best in-car audio with Scanner Sounds. WEDNESDAY: See the fresh looks that will be on track at Richmond International Raceway with Paint Scheme Preview ... Joey Logano : Code Name Cobra? Senior writer Kenny Bruce will explain why ... High 5 presents the best NASCAR content from around the web ... The Dirty Air Podcast looks back at Darlington and ahead to the regular-season finale at Richmond. THURSDAY: Driver Reports is back this week and highlights the 16 drivers who currently have a spot in the Chase ... With the opening of the NFL season here, RJ Kraft looks at which drivers are most like particular NFL quarterbacks ... The NASCAR XFINITY Series cars take to the track at Richmond for two practice sessions. FRIDAY: There is plenty of on-track action for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Richmond capping off with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at 7:30 p.m. ET ... Senior writers Kenny Bruce and Holly Cain will be on the ground as drivers prepare to battle for the final Chase spots up for grabs on Saturday night ... 8 Tweets highlights the best from social media in the past week. Also coming this week: A complete breakdown of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field when the 16-driver field is set this weekend.