Author: Patrick Reynolds

Dusty Brandel Blazed A Courageous Trail in a Man’s World

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds “Get him an application!” Did I just hear that? Really? Me? An AARWBA member? The year was 2010. The place was the media center of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The voice belonged to Norma “Dusty” Brandel, president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. In January of this year, Brandel was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as winner of the Squier-Hall Award for media excellence. She joined previous winners Ken Squier, Barney Hall, Chris Economaki, Tom Higgins, Steve Byrnes, and Benny Phillips as members of the Hall. Brandel was...

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