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NASCAR Hall of Fame Statement on the Passing of Tom Higgins

July 31, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 31, 2018) – The following is a statement from NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley on the passing of legendary reporter Tom Higgins, the 2015 recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence:

"On behalf of everyone at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Tom Higgins. Tom was the fourth recipient of the prestigious Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence in 2015. Tom also received the NASCAR Bill France Award of Excellence in 1996 among the many awards and accolades bestowed upon him for his over 40 years of contributions to the NASCAR industry. Affectionately known as “Pappy,” Tom was among the most trusted journalists in the industry and I count myself among the many young journalists he mentored and considered him a dear friend. Words cannot adequately describe the impact Tom had on motorsports. We were fortunate to have his wisdom in serving as a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel since its inception in 2009. Tom will be dearly missed, but his remarkable legacy of professionalism and willingness to help others will live on forever.”