Jarrett accepted checks totaling $3,040,767 during Friday night's

By Mike Harris Associated Press Published:

Jarrett accepted checks totaling $3,040,767 during Friday night's annual NASCAR Awards Banquet, bringing his season earnings to $6,649,596.

His race winnings totaled $3,608,829. Added to that was $2,815,767 from the NASCAR and Winston point funds, as well as $225,000 in contingency money.

"When I finished third the first time, I got so nervous and excited about being on stage that I left my check there. Then, when I finished second, I forgot the check when I left the stage. Tonight, there's no way I'm going to forget it," Jarrett said.

Jarrett also took some time for giving Friday. He and his wife, Kelley, have raised money for several years for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Friday, Jarrett handed Foundation officials a check for $220,000. That includes $110,000 from performance incentives _ for 15 top-three finishes in 1999 _ and a matching gift from team sponsor Ford Quality Care.

Earlier this season, Jarrett and team owner Robert Yates gave the Komen Foundation $86,000 from racing merchandise sales.

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STILL POPULAR: Bill Elliott had a tough year, finishing 21st in the Winston Cup standings. But the driver from the mountains of northern Georgia remains No. 1 in the hearts of his fans.

On Friday, Elliott was selected the stock car series' Most Popular Driver for the ninth straight year and the 14th time in 16 years.

He got 60 percent of the 21,000 votes cast by telephone.

"The fans have stuck with me through thick and thin," the 1988 series champion said. "When things aren't going right, it's the fans who give you that extra shot of adrenaline. They are the backbone of this sport and that's why I am deeply honored to have won this award."

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LONG TIME COMING: W.C. "Junie" Donlavey, who has been involved in stock car racing as a team owner since before NASCAR was formed 51 years ago, is the recipient of the Myers Brothers Award.

The award is presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association to the individual or group voted by its membership to have made the greatest contribution during the year or in their career to the sport of stock car racing.

The award is named after two of the sport's pioneers, the late Billy and Bobby Myers, and is supported by the Tosco Corporation.

Donlavey has fielded cars for more than 150 drivers, including top names like David Pearson, Fred Lorenzen, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Ray Hendrick, Bobby Isaac and Charlie Glotzbach.

"We've been around a while and we never had a lot of money or a lot of races," Donlavey said. "But it has been fun. And that's why I'm still here. There is nothing I could do where I could have this much fun."

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Here are the other top awards given out Friday:

Exide All Charged Up Award: Jeff Burton, $50,000.

True Value Hard Charger Award: Jeff Gordon, $50,000.

Gatorade Front Runner Award: Bobby Labonte, $30,000.

Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Doug Yates, Robert Yates Racing, $50,000.

Tosco Oil Contingency Award: Dale Earnhardt, $100,000.

Tosco Gasoline Contingency Award: Dale Jarrett, $50,000.

Raybestos Top Stopper Award: Bobby Labonte, $71,500.

Plasti-Kote Quality Finish Award: Todd Parrott, Robert Yates Racing, $50,000.

MCI WorldCom Fast Pace Award: Bobby Labonte, $45,000.

DuPont Point Fund Award: Dale Jarrett, $50,000.

Bud Pole Award: Jeff Gordon, $125,000.

Goodyear Tire Award: Dale Jarrett, $35,000.

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