NASCAR: Darrell and Michael Waltrip earn 4th Quarter NMPA Spirit Award

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One of NASCAR’s most famous sets of siblings, Darrell and Michael Waltrip, have been honored with the National Motorsports Press Association’s Spirit Award for the fourth quarter of 2014.

The brothers’ recent charity golf tournament was singled out for praise by the NMPA. This year’s Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship raised $450,000 through the tourney itself as well as a dinner and auction.

Benefiting from the tourney were three organizations in particular: Motor Racing Outreach, Feed the Children, and Tucker’s House, which helps improve the quality of life for children with disabilities that require their homes to be modified for added accessibility, safety, and therapy.

The Kyle Busch Foundation and Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter also received fourth-quarter votes for the award.

In addition to the Waltrip brothers, other quarterly Spirit Award winners this year include the late Lynda Petty and Junie Donlavey, as well as Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr.

Members of the NMPA will help determine and then announce its overall 2014 Spirit Award winner during the organization’s annual convention on January 25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award is designed to honor character and achievement in the face of adversity, as well as sportsmanship and contributions to the sport.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.