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.
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.
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.
In this week's Race Center, NASCAR.com writer Holly Cain fills you in on all the action from this weekend at Watkins Glen and give hers pick for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.
Six-time champ says it never gets old during "Victory Lap" burnout
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner gives an all-access tour around the Sprint Cup Series garage at Bristol Motor Speedway and talks to Kyle Larson and Casey Mears in addition to showing off the rainbow paint scheme for Jeff Gordon.
Crash that broke his leg and foot, journey back to racing SHOP: Busch gear " GALLERY: What the Busches have been up to June 13: Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Michigan Kyle Busch goes to Victory Lane in his first race back in the XFINITY Series after breaking his leg and left foot at Daytona. " Read the full story " Full race results May 24: Kyle Busch completes Coca-Cola 600 , finishes 11th Kyle Busch makes his Sprint Cup points race debut for the season in the Coca-Cola 600 , climbing to second place before fuel strategy led to an 11th-place finish. " Read the full story May 18: Kyle, Samantha Busch welcome first baby Driver Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, had their first child, a boy, at 9:45 p.m. May 18. Brexton Locke Busch is his name. " Read the full story May 16: Busch finishes sixth in All-Star race After a pleasing top-10 run in his first race back from leg and foot injuries, Kyle Busch looks forward to running in the Coca-Cola 600 " Read the full story May 13: Kyle Busch granted Chase waiver NASCAR has granted Kyle Busch a waiver for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Find out what he has to do to make the Chase. " Read the full story " Official NASCAR release " Cain : Making Chase will cap comeback May 12: Kyle Busch announces return After missing 11 events to open the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season following his injury at Daytona, Kyle Busch has set his return for the Sprint All-Star Race on May 16. " Read the full story " Drivers react to news of Busch's return " Herman Unplugged: Reaction to Busch's return " Busch's return a hot topic at Dover test May 9: Jones' promising run crashes at Kansas Making his first Sprint Cup start filling in for the injured Kyle Busch , Erik Jones was working on a great run at Kansas until he found the wall late in the race. " Read the full story April 16: Accident leads Busch to become unexpected safety advocate NASCAR.com's Holly Cain tells the story of how Kyle Busch 's wreck at Daytona has changed the Joe Gibbs Racing driver into a saftey advocate for the sport. Busch talks about how impressed he was of the breadth and depth of detailed information that has been gathered from his accident. " Read the full story April 16: Busch family bonds, finds strength in recovery With a baby on the way, the Busch family discuss how they've worked as a team to recover from Kyle's injury while prepping to expand their family. The parents-to-be explain that it hasn't been easy, but they're counting their blessings. " Read the full story April 15: Kyle Busch analyzes tape of his wreck Kyle Busch holds his first press conference after his crash at Daytona and uses video to break down his thought process as the wreck unfolded. His doctors are pleased with his progress, but he has no timeline for returning to driving. " Read the full story " Herman Unplugged: Busch should sit out 2015 April 15: Kyle Busch responds to Keselowski blog During his first press conference after his Daytona crash, Kyle Busch also addressed his long-running feud with fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski . " Watch the video " More on Keselowski's blog April 15: Kyle Busch , wife discuss crash, impending parenthood In an interview with Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha discussed the driver's accident at Daytona in February " Read the full story March 20: Kyle Busch takes next step in recovery Kyle Busch posts a video on Facebook of himself moving around a bit with the aid of a walker, along with encouragement from his wife, Samantha, and their dog. " Read the full story March 17: KBM drivers keep in touch Daniel Suarez says his team owner's advice is invaluable. And Justin Boston reports Busch is 'recovering quickly.' " Read the full story March 14: Kurt Busch hopes brother doesn't rush return Kurt Busch says, 'You can't rush the healing of bones and surgeries.' And teammate Denny Hamlin says Kyle Busch is staying engaged with the No. 18 team despite being sidelined. " Read the full story March 11: Kyle Busch , Samantha, visit KBM Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, take a field trip to Kyle Busch Motorsports and tell the team, 'Progress is going well.' " Read the full story March 10: Busch gets walking boots Kyle Busch gets soft casts removed from both legs and moves up to walking boots, which Samantha Busch dubs 'Terminator boots' in a Twitter photo. " Read the full story March 2: Subs announced for No. 54 XFINITY Toyota Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones and Boris Said are tapped as substitute drivers for Kyle Busch in the No. 54 NASCAR XFINITY Series Toyota. "Get Well Kyle" stickers adorn the No. 54. " Read the full story Feb. 27: Kyle Busch heads home after second surgery After a second surgery to treat his injuries, Kyle Busch was in a Charlotte hospital for observation for two days before being cleared to go home. The No. 18 racing team put a "Get well Kyle" on the rear bumper of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the Atlanta race. " Read the full story Feb. 25: Kyle Busch has successful surgery on left foot Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Kyle Busch underwent a successful surgery on his left foot at a Charlotte hospital. " Read the full story Feb. 24: Kyle Busch leaves Florida hospital Kyle Busch was released from Halifax Health Medical Center. He boarded a plane on a stretcher and was transferred to a North Carolina hospital for further treatment of multiple leg injuries. " Read the full story Feb. 24: David Ragan to sub for Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing announces that David Ragan will sub for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for several weeks, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway . " Read the full story Feb. 24: ISC working on 'significant plan' for safer barriers In the wake of Kyle Busch 's severe crash and resulting injuries during the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway , International Speedway Corporation announces a plan to expand its use of impact-diffusing barriers at its 12 tracks. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Joe Gibbs says Busch's surgery went well Team owner Joe Gibbs gives an update on Kyle Busch 's status after surgery and says he is 'resting comfortably.' Doctors reported that things went well with surgery on Busch's lower right leg. " Read the full story Feb. 22: Samantha Busch gives update from hospital Samantha Busch posts a selfie with Kyle Busch from his hospital bed on Twitter with a tweet saying, "Getting ready to watch the Daytona 500 ! Cheering on our 18 boys!" " Read the full story Feb. 21: Drivers wish Kyle Busch well after hard hit Kyle Busch is taken to the hospital by ambulance after a big wreck during the XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . Fellow drivers sent well-wishes via Twitter. " Read the full story Feb. 21: Hard hit sidelines Kyle Busch for Daytona 500 A crash in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race caused NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to miss the Daytona 500 after suffering injuries to his right leg and left foot a day before the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway . " Read the full story
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: Dover is over, but we still have plenty of coverage. Check out The Rundown, a report on how all 43 drivers finished, and senior writer Holly Cain tackles what went down late in the FedEx 400 between Martin Truex Jr . and Kasey Kahne . TUESDAY: Look for Power Rankings presented by John Deere to get another shakeup this week. Who would you vote for No. 1? Make sure to tell us in the comments section. With the regular season now halfway over, we take a comprehensive look at the drivers without a win yet this year and analyze their Chase chances. WEDNESDAY: Check out which paint schemes will be on display at Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Plus, learn more about the history of Pocono in our track photo gallery. High 5, which drops every Wednesday at noon ET, will bring some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. THURSDAY: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has two practices at Texas, where the series hosts a stand-alone race Friday night. Driver Reports analyzes which drivers you can expect to do well -- and not so well -- at Pocono. And with new pit gear being mandated for safety reasons starting Sunday, crew member Ben Steger explains how that impacts performance in the pits. FRIDAY: There are four on-track events, and we'll cover them all, starting at noon (ET) with Sprint Cup Series practice and culminating later in the evening with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. We'll also have eight of the best tweets that you may have missed from the previous week. Also coming this week: We'll recap the entire Charlotte weekend in GIF form, a fun way to look back at the top moments from CMS ... @nascarcasm explains how Jimmie Johnson came to conquer the Monster Mile as only he can ... speaking of @nascarcasm, he'll have a mockup of Jimmie Johnson 's Facebook page after Sunday's win ... and if there are any penalties coming out of the weekend, we'll have full coverage on Tuesday.
See what's coming this week to NASCAR.com Here's what you'll see on NASCAR.com this week: MONDAY: With the Daytona race ending at nearly 3 a.m. ET, catch up on Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s win and Austin Dillon 's last-lap wreck ... Plus recap the race in GIFs with our Weekend in GIFs ... @nascarcasm recaps the race in photos as only he can. TUESDAY: This week's Power Rankings, presented by Outback, is sure to get a shakeup. Who will be No. 1? ... Kenny Bruce hits the high notes from the garage in this week's Tech Talk ... @nascarcasm delivers what Dale Jr.'s winning Facebook page might look like ... Wonder what drivers' first-ever tweets were? We've got that, too. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Kentucky, and we'll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview ... Should NASCAR tweak the rules package at midseason? It's a debate in which Kenny Bruce and RJ Kraft will engage ... The Kentucky rules package will see its debut, too, with two testing sessions at the 1.5-mile track. Zack Albert and Jessica Ruffin will provide coverage, and NASCAR.com will have live leaderboards. THURSDAY: There are five on-track events Thursday, and we'll have every one covered -- from the 8 a.m. ET Truck Series practice to the 7:30 p.m. Truck Series race ... Driver Reports highlights which drivers currently in the Chase Grid do well (or poorly) at Kentucky ... It's Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro, Indiana, and @nascarcasm will be there. Seriously. FRIDAY: The second race of the weekend tripleheader is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET when the NASCAR XFINITY Series cars go under the lights ... Eight Tweets You May Have Missed highlights some of the best social media chatter from the past week. Also coming this week: Want to hear the best sounds from the scanner? That's coming Tuesday ... Holly Cain will follow up on Chase Elliott 's third-place finish at Daytona.