For the 29th year, Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor the best in motorsports journalism. The speedway is accepting applications for the Charlotte Motor Speedway Russ Catlin Awards for Excellence in Motorsports Journalism to recognize outstanding 2013 coverage.

Established in 1985, the awards were founded to recognize outstanding coverage of motorsports and to honor Russ Catlin, one a auto racing's best known writers, historians and a pioneer of motorsports public relations. Annually, the awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate captivating, thought-provoking and inspiring journalism surrounding motorsports.

Keeping with the tradition of the award, the Indiana University School of Journalism will review all nominations and determine the winners.  Awards of Excellence winners receive a special plaque to commemorate their achievements and a $1,000 scholarship to be donated to the school of their choice. Each award winner's name will also be added to the perpetual Russ Catlin Award trophy, which is displayed at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Download an entry form at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/catlinaward/

The categories for the 2013 Charlotte Motor Speedway Russ Catlin Awards for Excellence in Motorsports Journalism are:

  • Writing entries for daily newspapers
  • Writing entries for other forms of written media (internet, weekly, etc.)
  • Broadcast entries for local radio and television
  • Broadcast entries for national radio and television
  • Photojournalism entries

Any type of motorsports coverage from the 2013 season is eligible. Entries dated from any other year or season will not be accepted. Judges will review each submission closely and base their decision on the quality of work and its representation of excellence in motorsports journalism.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Russ Catlin Awards for Excellence in Motorsports Journalism accepts and encourages all types of motorsports racing media coverage. It is NOT limited specifically to NASCAR.

Entries must be postmarked by December 6, 2013.

For questions regarding the awards, please contact Brookes Versaggi of Breaking Limits at (704) 766-9062 or at .

Your dedication to motorsports journalism is admired and greatly appreciated. We hope you'll take this opportunity to showcase your work and be recognized for the quality reporting you deliver to fans around the world each and every day through different means of media distribution.