Bob Bahre, founder and former chairman of New Hampshire International Speedway, received the Buddy Shuman Award today during the 2008 NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Media Luncheon in New York City.

The Buddy Shuman Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to NASCAR racing and is in remembrance of the late Buddy Shuman, a pioneering NASCAR driver who tragically lost his life in a hotel fire in 1955.

"I want to thank NASCAR for this award," Bahre said at today's luncheon. "Along with my son, Gary, and my brother, Richard, we were able build the speedway.  I had a great relationship with Bill France, Jr., and with his support and the support of our loyal fans, we were able to do what we enjoyed most... race."

Bob Bahre has remained active in racing by serving as a consultant to New Hampshire Motor Speedway after selling the facility to O. Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in January of 2008.

"It's fitting that NASCAR recognize Bob Bahre's great contribution to our sport and his dedication to the race fans in the Northeast," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manger of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "On behalf of Bruton and our entire company, we congratulate Bob on being selected to receive this most prestigious honor."