HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Motorsports Ten incredibly talented, championship-winning race drivers have been selected as the finalists for the 6th Annual Economaki Champion of Champions Award, presented by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and America's Weekly Motorsports Authority, National Speed Sport News.
The 10 contenders have been profiled in the current issue (Dec. 3) of National Speed Sport News, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 3:00 p.m. at the PRI Trade Show in Orlando.
The 10 finalists are:
* Justin Allgaier, ARCA RE/MAX - The 22-year-old pro ended Frank
Kimmel's reign of eight consecutive ARCA titles
"Once again, we are delighted to be able to recognize the incredible achievements each of these drivers has accomplished this year," said Corinne Economaki, publisher of National Speed Sport News. "These drivers continue to excel year in and year out. Indeed, we have three former Economaki Champion of Champions winners among our finalists [Schatz, Schumacher and Jimmie Johnson], in addition to each of them being multiple finalists, with Tony earning five such distinctions out of the six years we have conducted this award.
"We also have six first-time finalists, so it's important we acknowledge the fact that many of this year's champions have joined our elite group because of their outstanding efforts both on and off the track," Corinne Economaki added. "We're looking forward to crowning a champion who so deserves our respect and admiration, especially when you look at what each finalist has accomplished in 2008."
The 6th Annual Economaki Champion of Champions presented by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., award will be presented by National Speed Sport News Editor Chris Economaki at the 21st Annual PRI Trade Show, December 11, 2008, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The event takes place at 3:00 p.m. on the MOPAR Stage, and will be hosted by Charlie Brown of RaceFanRadio.com.
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