I thank Ryan W. for giving me the idea for this post. He made a comment on David's blog saying the season finale should be an "Earnhardt 450" at Daytona. I though about this, and I thought of the way that basically every other sport (including every other racing sanctioning body) finds ways to honor fallen heroes or all-time greats, like the Lombardi Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson (now Ted Linsay) award, the Allen Crowe Memorial, etc. This post will assume such changes would be enacted starting next season. Here's what I'd name them:
First, the FIR, the failing inspection rule. Awards marked "FIR" cannot awarded to people whose car fail inspection at any point in the season, thus meaning the 20, the 48, the 24, the 2, the 43 etc. are all thrown out from this. There is also FIR for PP, failing inspection rule for point penalties.
The Petty-Earnhardt Trophy: Given to the winner of the Sprint Cup Championship
The Dale Earnhardt Trophy and the Fireball Roberts Trophy: Given to the winners of the Budweiser Duels, 1 and 2 respectively
The Darrell Waltrip Trophy: Given to the winner of the Coke 600
The Yarborough-Thomas Trophy: Given to the winner of the Southern 500
The David Pearson Trophy: Given to the winner of the Coke Zero 400
The James Hylton Trophy: Given to the highest finishing non-Chase/winless driver
The Curtis Turner Award: Given to the most popular driver
The Ned Jarrett Award: Given to the driver who exemplifies the true racing spirit
The Dale Inman Award: Given to the best crew chief (FIR)
The Moody-Fox Award: Given to the best mechanic (FIR for PP)
The Wood Brothers Award: Given to the team who averages the least time on pit road
The Junior Johnson Award: Given to the team who spends the least time in the garage area
The David Pearson Award: Given to the Rookie of the Year.
The Alan Kulwicki Trophy: Given to the highest finishing true owner-driver (no #14)
The Buddy Baker Award: Given to the driver who leads the most laps
The Allison Memorial Award: Given to the driver who best overcomes personal tragedy
The WPI Memorial Award: Given to the driver with less than 4 years experience who best exemplifies the young unfulfilled talent of Jimmy Pardue, Billy Wade, and Kenny Irwin.
The Tim Flock Award: Comeback driver of the year
The Bobby Isaac Trophy: Given to the driver with the most poles
Please, feel free to add more. I didn't want to go overboard, and these seemed to be the most appropriate.
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