Lasco Press Writer Receives National Recognition

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Steve Sweitzer is the Sports Editor and Features Writer for the Lasco Press. Steve is being recognized for his journalistic efforts by a nationwide media organization. The National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) has extended membership to Steve and The Lasco Press.

The National Motorsports Press Association

The NMPA consists of qualified members of the media who report on the sport of auto racing through affiliations with print, radio, television and/or Internet news gathering organizations. Members of the NMPA are dedicated to maintaining high journalistic standards, providing information fairly, accurately and without prejudice.

Formed more than 40 years ago as the Southern Motorsports Association, the NMPA began as a small group of writers and broadcasters who primarily covered NASCAR and related stock car racing in the South. Through the years, it has evolved into an organization made up of national and international members who cover all forms of motorsports.

NMPA Awards and Honors

The NMPA Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway has been in operation since 1965.

Two of the most significant honors an individual or group in auto racing can receive are presented by the NMPA each year. The Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award has been awarded annually since 1969 during ceremonies at the group’s annual convention and awards dinner. The Myers Brothers Award, recognizing lifetime contributions to motorsports, is presented each year as part of the NASCAR Awards Ceremony.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 29: during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on November 29, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Also presented is the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award, determined by nationwide fan voting. Each year, millions of votes are cast. It is the only major NASCAR award determined solely by the fans.

The NMPA Spirit Award recognizes individuals or groups that perform charitable acts or display courage under adverse circumstances.

The Lasco Press and Motorsports

The Lasco family has a long association with Motorsports. From Founder Phil Lasco, an SCCA National Champion to Motocross race wins with son Matt Lasco. Even 3rd generation racer Max (Speed) Lasco. Max, at 6 years old, competed in this years AMA Amateur National Motocross events.

The Lasco Press has been covering the NASCAR Cup Circuit full-time for the past 3 years. Steve Sweitzer’s weekly race reports recapping the Series events are a popular part of The Lasco Press online newspaper thelascopress.com. Features on IMSA at Mid-Ohio, The Detroit Grand Prix, the Loretta Lynn National Amateur Motorcross Championships, and the recent Motocross of Nations at Redbud, MI show Steve’s diversity in all things Motorsport.

Brad Keselowski Spins at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo Captured by Steve Sweitzer / The Lasco Press

We congratulate Steve on his accomplishment. We look forward to many more years of interesting and informative articles from Steve. His work on sports, our community, automotive news, motorsports events, and generally fun stuff add to the content of our newspaper.