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NASCAR America: The Comcast Community Champion award enters fourth year

With the 2018 Comcast Community Champion of the Year now open for submissions, it's time to look back at past winners of the award, including Chip Ganassi pit crew members and Joey Gase.

This week on NASCAR America, it was announced that the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award will return for the fourth consecutive year.

The program recognizes three finalists, with the winner’s charity receiving $60,000. The other two finalists will each receive $30,000 for their charities.

The NASCAR America segment highlighted last year’s winner of the award, the Chip Ganassi pit crew for their work with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

It also featured an interview with the inaugural winner from 2015. Joey Gase was featured for his work encouraging organ donation.

After losing his mother to a brain aneurysm, Gase made the decision to donate her organs. He later learned that effort saved or enhanced the life of 60 individuals.

“(Winning the award) helped in many ways,” Gase said. “One of the biggest ways was in all of the media coverage we got from receiving the award at the banquet – being on national TV. And everything Comcast has done to help us continue to promote organ donation every weekend at the racetrack.”

For more, watch the above video.