One of the most recognized and attentive journalists in the history of NASCAR was rushed to the hospital on Sunday morning after suffering a stroke.
NASCAR and its massive, wide-reaching fan base has seen his face for years, and even more folks have read his work through his reporting at The Charlotte Observer, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the racing organization itself recognized longtime reporter, Tom Higgins, with its own award for Media Excellence.
Honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in January 2015, Higgins was presented with the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, and the entirety of people in attendance roared with applause at this much-deserved recognition.
Tragically, fellow NASCAR reporter Steve Waid, revealed in a tweet that Higgins had suffered a stroke and been admitted to the hospital with an unknown prognosis.
Over the course of the next couple of days, Waid updated fans, friends, and those in the NASCAR industry as to Higgins’ condition with several tweets, and luckily the outlook seems much better than anticipated.
Higgins’ career kicked off in the late 1950s and he quickly moved into covering racing at the Asheville Times in North Carolina. Later on, he moved to The Observer and continued penning articles about outdoors activities, adding coverage of NASCAR events into the fold, too. Since that time, his career has grown extensively and he’s become a beloved part of racing and the journalism of motorsports.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom Higgins and his family as he works toward a full recovery.
Watch the video interview with Higgins about his iconic NASCAR award below.