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Clint Bowyer and Johnny Sauter talk about their solid runs in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway, a track Sauter describes as one he isn't particularly fond of.
Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner announced Friday LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR's top drivers mixed and mingled at a reception Wednesday night at the Wynn Las Vegas, but their customary star power was outshone by four special individuals making a life-changing impact in the NASCAR community. The four finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award took center stage Wednesday night, introduced by the award's namesake, the widow of former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. After the four were introduced, France said this year's selections "raised the bar" with their contributions to philanthropy. "That wasn't easy to do," France said. "The bar was already pretty high." Voting for the fourth annual award continues through Thursday at midnight ET at NASCAR.com/award . The winner will be announced Friday night during the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony, with the recipient collecting a $100,000 contribution for his or her charity from Bank of America and a 2015 Camry provided by award sponsor Toyota. The other three finalists will receive $25,000 donations for their causes. France was quick to point out that regardless of Friday's announcement, all of the four nominees were already winners. "Their stories are emotional and impactful," France said. "They truly represent the heart and soul of the NASCAR world, which we all know is much more than racing. Caring, compassion and commitment -- that's what we've been introduced to this evening." The four finalists -- who were announced at Kansas Speedway in October -- come from all regions of the country. Wednesday evening, they converged in Las Vegas to take photos and exchange greetings with the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. The four nominees for this year's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award are: • Tammy Anderson-Lee, San Diego: A longtime volunteer with the Autism Society of San Diego, Anderson-Lee has been instrumental in teaching survival swimming to the community with her innovative Pool PALS program. • Amber Larkin; Windermere, Florida: Larkin founded the Noah's Light Foundation in 2010 to help fund research and raise awareness for finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The foundation is named after her son, who passed away from the disease in 2012. • Chris McElwee; Fort Washington, Pennsylvania : The founder of Michael's Way, named in memory of his brother's bout with leukemia, has raised more than $400,000 to help families of children with cancer. • Daniel Noltemeyer; Louisville, Kentucky: Noltemeyer, a 32-year-old living with Down Syndrome, helped form Best Buddies Kentucky with the goal of helping raise awareness and furthering social activities for people with developmental disabilities. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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At first race, Penn State student got great view of NASCAR action Students are encouraged to work as active media members at the race track and ultimately tell the story of their unique experience at a NASCAR event. Following each immersion, one student will have the chance to see their work published on NASCAR.com. Melissa Conrad, a senior at Pennsylvania State University, attended the race weekend in Avondale, Arizona, and filed this story. I grew up watching and playing all sports, from field hockey to tennis to cross country and everything in between. I traveled up and down the East Coast watching my brother play summer league baseball and competing in AAU basketball tournaments myself. I watched NFL games every Sunday with my dad. I pined over Olympic figure skating and gymnastics with my mom, the one non-sports-oriented person in my family. I chose to attend Penn State University for the well-respected education I would receive from the College of Communications and the athletic involvement opportunities that would present themselves at such a high-profile institution. Now, as a senior having completed a multitude of internships in the industry, I thought I had accomplished a diverse, well-rounded background in sports knowledge. That is, until Nov. 7 when I arrived at Phoenix International Raceway to experience NASCAR. Before arriving in Phoenix to participate in an exclusive student immersion program for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, NASCAR was defined as such: The sport of which I have almost no knowledge or opinion. My definition today? The best-kept sports secret of my generation. Per my own observation, it seems that the buzz for NASCAR exists mostly within an older-than-college crowd. However, my experience in Phoenix is proof to why the buzz needs to spread (and will). As soon as we landed at the airport, we were immediately whisked away to the track. Tom Bryant, director of communicators for Touring and Weekly racing, met us at the track entrance to get us set up with credentials that would allow us access to people and areas that thousands of others would beg for during the weekend. I can genuinely say that the scene we walked into was unlike any other sports scene I’ve been a part of, from Penn State’s Beaver Stadium filled to capacity to Gaelic football playoffs in Ireland. It was an organized chaos of pit crews handling hundreds of tools and parts, passionate fans looking on and waiting for autographs, media members fighting for interviews and cars zooming by in tight lanes to enter the raceway for practice or qualifying rounds. Friday consisted of meeting the on-site NASCAR Competition Communications team from top to bottom, who welcomed us as if we were one of their own. The group was not only quick to offer any and all background information on the sport, but was also just as interested to hear our stories -- where we were from, what our majors were, what brought us here and so on. We looked on in amazement as the final practice round for the NASCAR Nationwide Series took place, followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying. I never realized that NASCAR isn't just the race itself; it’s the compilation of qualifying and practice rounds that are just as crucial. The sun went down and it was time for NASCAR under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway . There was one problem though: a power outage in the region. Half of the race track was completely darkened beside the Arizona desert mountains , and the main attraction of the day (not to mention, my first ever NASCAR race) was delayed by an hour. When the lights turned on and the race did get going, a crash occurred before some of the trucks even reached the start/finish line, thus rendering 18 ensuing caution laps. Everyone in the press box made a point to stop by the Penn State students' chairs and whisper: "Don't worry, it's not usually like this." However, what they didn't realize is that you never forget your first experience with a particular sport. Power outages and cautions laps or not, NASCAR was beginning to make sense to me. Saturday was another full day of practice rounds, qualifying, media interviews, press conferences and most notably a 100 mph, adrenaline-spiking pace car trip around the track. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race was set for 2 p.m. that afternoon. We had the amazing opportunity to sit atop Kyle Larson 's pit box, an experience I'm sure would be envied by many NASCAR loyalists. I almost felt guilty taking such an incredible viewing spot for the race, having had no previous knowledge of a sport in which millions live and breathe. Watching the @NASCAR_NNS race at @PhoenixRaceway from @KyleLarsonRacin 's pit box. pic.twitter.com/AvFJIGbSr3 — Melissa Conrad (@melissaconradPR) November 8, 2014 What an experience it was to see the race from that vantage point. Listening to the radio, watching Larson's team go to work in less than eight seconds each pit stop and being that close to the track was a sports moment I will never forget. I learned in those three hours that you do not need to fully understand a sport to truly grasp its intensity. The beauty of sports is just that. If you have a passion for competition, it doesn't matter whether it's a ball bouncing on a court, a puck skimming across the ice, a glove making a catch, or a high-speed car revving its engine. All sports matter. I arrived at the Phoenix International Raceway as a NASCAR doubter and left as a believer. Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
NASCAR.COM's Alan Cavanna and Chris Rice explain how changes to the tapered spacer will impact horsepower in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, and which driver they think will benefit from the changes.
Driver holds off field in green-white-checkered finish