Members of the Performance Racing Network broadcast team swept first-place honors in the three radio categories during the recent National Motorsports Press Association awards banquet.

Kent Bernhardt, production coordinator for the radio network, earned first-place in the Long Feature category for a story chronicling the life of veteran NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Morgan Shepherd.

Bernhardt also earned third-place in the Spot News category and was named co-winner of the prestigious Barney Hall Award, presented annually by the NMPA to the top award winner in the radio category.

Mark Garrow, host of PRN's daily racing news show ¿Garage Pass¿ and co-anchor of the network¿s race broadcasts, took home the first-place trophy in the Spot News category for his reporting of the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash. This was the 30th NMPA award Garrow has earned during his distinguished broadcasting career.

Veteran PRN announcer Steve Richards completed the sweep, earning first-place in the Spot Feature category for a report focusing on the triumph and tragedy of Jimmie Johnson's 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season.

"These awards exemplify the dedication to excellence to which the entire PRN staff subscribes," said Doug Rice, vice president and general manager of PRN. "I'm extremely proud of their accomplishments."

PRN broadcasts 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, eight NASCAR Busch Series events and produces "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons," "The Pit Reporters," "PRN's Sunday Drive" and "zMAX Racing Country." The network¿s first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race broadcast of the year will be the March 13 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Performance Racing Network is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. Its programming airs on more than 735 radio stations, XM Satellite Radio and NASCAR.com.