We’re glad to see Grant Lynch honored by the National Motorsports Press Association.

Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Lynch was presented with the Joe Littlejohn Awards at the group’s recent convention in North Carolina.

The award is named after an auto racing pioneer who did most of his racing in the 30s and 40s, and was the first driver timed at 100 miles per hour at Daytona Beach. He knew Bill France before he founded NASCAR and drove in the first race on his track at Daytona.

More importantly for our area, Littlejohn helped France in the search for the property that is now home to Talladega Superspeedway, which is where Lynch began to make his mark in motorsports. Lynch came to Talladega in 1993 as general manager of the track, and became a vice president of International Speedway Corporation that same year. He oversaw construction and management of Kansas Speedway beginning in 1997, and a track near Seattle, Washington, in 2004.

Throughout his career Lynch has been very conscious of the needs of the media that cover motorsports, and has been accessible and proactive in helping reporters get the information they need to perform their jobs.

That’s the reason for the award from the NMPA, an international organization representing all forms of media with a common interest in motorsports.

Lynch’s contributions to motorsports are substantial, but his energies haven’t stopped there. He has also been active in the state and the community, serving on boards for a number of organization including Boy Scouts, AIDB, and wildlife and conservation.

During his tenure at the race track attendance reached its peak, with estimates of as many as 200,000 people at some events. Throughout that time he has continued to work to improve the track for competitors, fans and personnel, helping make Talladega Superspeedway one of the premier venues in the world of motorsports.

We congratulate him on his recognition.