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Jeff Hammond To Be Presented With Smokey Yunick Award
September 24, 2019
Presented annually since 1997 to honor famed mechanic Henry "Smokey" Yunick, the Charlotte Motor Speedway award recognizes an individual who rose from humble beginnings to make a major impact on the motorsports industry.
Jeff Hammond To Be Presented With Smokey Yunick Award

Legendary NASCAR crew chief and Charlotte, North Carolina, native Jeff Hammond will be presented with Charlotte Motor Speedway's prestigious Smokey Yunick Award prior to Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400.

Presented annually since 1997 to honor famed mechanic Henry "Smokey" Yunick, the award recognizes an individual who rose from humble beginnings to make a major impact on the motorsports industry.

Known to many fans as a gregarious NASCAR on FOX personality, Hammond's motorsports legacy began as a tire changer and jackman before he took the reins as crew chief for Darrell Waltrip at Junior Johnson's team in 1982. In a star-studded career that lasted nearly 20 years, Hammond amassed 43 NASCAR Cup Series wins and two championships while atop the pit box for superstar drivers including Waltrip, Terry Labonte and Kurt Busch.

"This is a total shock and honor," Hammond said. "Smokey Yunick was a hero of mine. I always admired him and could never believe all of the accomplishments he had throughout his career and how he helped grow the sport. To be given this award and see people before me who've won it, like Ray Evernham, Dale Inman and Waddell Wilson—all friends of mine—it means a lot. This is right up there with winning championships in my book."

Hammond's cars won three points-paying races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s in 1988 and 1989 with Waltrip.

For more information, visit charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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