Two race moments from the 2006 Kentucky Speedway season were recently recognized in the SPEED Performance Awards presented by SPEED Channel. The channel solicited fan voting for race-based awards in several series.

David Gilliland's NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" Kentucky Speedway win took top honors for "Biggest Upset" and Jeff Fuller's hard hit on the interior backstretch wall during the same race was voted second in the "Biggest Hit" category.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was named the inaugural SPEED Performer of the Year, edging out MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and F1 title winner Fernando Alonso for the top award on last night's SPEED Performance Awards television special presented by BFGoodrich. Other finalists included Sam Hornish Jr. (IRL), Sebastien Bourdais (Champ Car) and Tony Schumacher (NHRA). In the top fan-voted category, Grand American Rolex Series driver Colin Braun was named RACER Magazine Rookie of the Year, topping Marco Andretti (IRL), Bryan Clauson (USAC), Denny Hamlin (NASCAR), Robert Kubica (F1), J.R. Todd (NHRA) and Dan Clarke (Champ Car).

With more than 56,000 fan votes cast on for the SPEED Performance Awards, other winners were: Best Rivalry: Formula 1 titans Alonso and Schumacher; Biggest Hit: Champ Car rookie Katherine Legge, who walked away from a massive crash at Road America after losing her rear wing; Biggest Upset: Gilliland for his 'David vs. Goliath' Kentucky win in an unsponsored, underfunded NASCAR Busch Series entry; Oops Award: NASCAR driver Brian Vickers for taking out teammate Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., at Talladega en route to his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win. Tell It Like It Is: Carl Edwards for his emotional, on-camera assessment of fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart after an on-track incident at Pocono, calling Stewart "special." Temper, Temper: ARCA driver Michael Simko for his flying sidekick through the front windshield of fellow competitor Don St. Denis at Toledo. Best Finish: Sam Hornish, Jr., passing rookie Marco Andretti on the last lap of the Indy 500. The SPEED Performance Awards, hosted by Patrick Dempsey and Tommy Kendall, will air Sat., March 10 at 8:00 p.m., and Wed., March 14 at 9:00 p.m.

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