Each year, since 1999, CompetitionPlus.com has conducted its annual Dot Com Awards as a means of allowing race fans and readers of the Internet magazine to select the best [and worst] of the recently completed season.
The winners we are about to announce are 100-percent reader VOTED achievements. This year produced an incredible year of votes from our respective ballots with over 10,000 votes cast in a four week period of time.
And, in another tradition, we'll also provide the POLITICALLY INCORRECT Dot Coms by clicking on the provided link.
And, without further delay, here are the winners ...
Mike Aiello Person of the Year is …
Professional Racer of the Year …
Sportsman Racer of the Year is …
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Message Board of the Year …
Arguably the largest and certainly toughest drag racing message board, YellowBullet.com picks up its third Dot Com award in as many years. It’s like the wild west of message boards but once you accept bullets will fly, and the weak are killed and eaten, there’s entertainment to be had.
Internet Radio Show of the Year is …
WFO RADIO WITH JOE CASTELLO …
The energetic Joe Castello and his team at WFO Radio has worked tirelessly to jump to the forefront of the growing Internet Radio Scene. Castello’s show provides coverage of drag racing with its NHRA Tuesday event which co-hosted by NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart.
Internet News Website of the Year is …
The electronic arm of the NHRA’s media department has been a strong source of information for race fans seeking the latest in NHRA announcements and news from the sanctioning body. This marks the third consecutive time the readers have voted NHRA.com to this award.
Printed Publication of the Year is …
The house publication for the National Hot Rod Association sets the standard for printed publications. Editor Phil Burgess and his staff of hard workers labor feverishly week in and week out to produce the voice of the NHRA in impressive fashion. Of the 12 times this award has been presented, National DRAGSTER has captured it eight times.
Drag Strip of the Year is …
Bruton Smith’s palatial four-lane drag strip built on the grounds of Charlotte Motor Speedway sets an incredible standard for racing facilities. The self-proclaimed Bellagio of Drag Strips has delivered big time in its three years on the NHRA Full Throttle tour.
Sponsor of the Year …
By an overwhelming vote, the readers of CompetitionPlus.com have voted Lucas Oil as drag racing’s Sponsor of the Year. It’s not hard to see why they voted that way. Look around at the fingerprint the Lucas Oil brand puts on the straight-line sport and it’s a no-brainer to see the passion Forrest Lucas has for drag racing. Their support of drag racing transcends well beyond their sponsorship of the NHRA’s sportsman series. Congratulations Mr. Lucas and family, this is a well-deserved award. Drag racing is better because of you.
News Story of the Year is …
AUSTIN COIL LEAVES JOHN FORCE RACING
They were drag racing’s Odd Couple … Starsky & Hutch … Laverne and Shirley … eh … you get the picture. That’s why when, in a letter to friends on November 16, Coil’s announced departure came as a total shock to virtually everyone in drag racing. The only thing that could come as a larger shock is if he ended up at Don Schumacher Racing.
OH YEAH ... about those other Dot Coms ... THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT DOT COMS
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