In the annual NASCAR celebration known as National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Awards, drivers and other industry members were acknowledged for their service in the sport.
The honor of Sunoco Rookie of the Year went to Erik Jones, making him the first driver to win the award in each of NASCAR’s national series according to popularspeed.com. In his first season in he had 14 top-10 finishes, five top-5 finishes, and took his first career pole at Bristol in August.
Kyle Larson took home the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year honors. For the 2017 season he had four wins, 13 top-5 finishes, and 19 top-10’s.
The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award was given to the pit crew of Kyle Busch. With the help of his team, Busch was able to compete for a championship, but fell just short, ending up in second place on the year. Busch won five races on the year, with 14 top-5 finishes.
Busch was the recipient of the Sherwin Williams Fastest Lap Award and he also earned the most Coors Light Pole Awards this season with eight. Coors Light made a donation of $33,000 to Busch and wife Samantha’s Bundle of Joy fund.
“Normally I get one or two (poles) a year,” said Busch. “So to think that I doubled my career poles just this year is pretty remarkable.”
“So you don’t earn that many poles or fastest lap awards without fast race-cars, and the countless people that work on them every week,” added Busch. “So I can’t thank Adam Stevens and the entire 18 team enough, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing for helping bring us really fast race-cars to the track.”
“Thanks to everybody at Sherwin Williams and Coors Light for not only giving out these awards, but also as I mentioned, Miller Coors for donating the money to the Kyle Busch Foundation,” said Busch. “Samantha tells me with that money we’ll be able to help out with the Bundle of Joy Fund and help out two families be able to have children of their own.”