Roush Fenway Racing founder Jack Roush was named the 2016 recipient of the esteemed Buddy Shuman Award at the annual NMPA Myers Bothers Awards Luncheon as part of Championship Week in Las Vegas.
The award, named for racing pioneer Buddy Shuman, was established in 1957, and is awarded annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing. Past recipients have included Bill France Sr., Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dr. Joe Mattioli, Dave Marcis, Dale Inman, Robert Yates and Jim Hunter.
“I have to say I generally don’t like surprises, but this means a great deal to me,” said Roush, who was nominated last year for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Having attended these events for a number of years and being able to recall some of the other people that have had this award bestowed on them - it’s truly a great honor to be recognized in the same breath as what I would consider many of the legends of automobile racing.
“When I first decided in 1988 that I was going to launch myself into the world of NASCAR, I went into the adventure hoping that we would be successful enough to stick around for a few years,” added Roush. “Now as we get ready to move into our 30th year next season, it’s a bit humbling to be recognized for an honor such as this.
“In addition, I would be remiss to not mention this is a shared award with everyone that has put in their time, effort, blood, sweat and tears for the past 29 years with our teams and on behalf of each of them and myself, I thank you for this this acknowledgment and award.”
Roush, who started Roush Fenway Racing in 1988, is the winningest car owner in NASCAR history and the only owner to boast over 300 wins in NASCAR’s top three series. Roush cars boast over 400 victories during Roush’s 50-year racing career in NASCAR, road racing and drag racing.