NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards 2013

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony
Las Vegas
December 6, 2013

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Friday, December 6, 2013: Sprint Cup Awards Banquet on FoxSports2 at 9:00pm/et
Sunday, December 8, 2012: Sprint Cup Awards Banquet (re-air) on FoxSports1 at 12:00noon/et

Sunday, November 24. 2013: Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet, FoxSports1 at 8:00pm/et


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  • NASCAR honors Jimmie Johnson as 6 Time Champion: Ultimately, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards were all about Jimmie Johnson and his sixth series championship, but there were some pointed jokes and some return barbs before the Friday night program at Wynn Las Vegas got there. After team owner Rick Hendrick, sponsor Lowe's and crew chief Chad Knaus all received their due, Johnson took the podium to acknowledge those who had helped make his sixth title possible.
    "Rick and (wife) Linda, you've created the winningest racing organization in NASCAR history by caring for the people you employ and treating us all like family," Johnson said after receiving his championship ring from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "And I'm honored to call myself a Hendrick employee."
    Johnson thanked Knaus for pushing him to make him better and acknowledged the bond, both personal and professional, formed between driver and crew chief over the past 12 years.
    Johnson's speech was the climax of the evening, but the humor that preceded it often brought the house down. Comedian Jay Mohr, the master of ceremonies, revved up the crowd with some well-researched jokes that poked fun at Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer in particular. Mohr highlighted Gordon's last-minute addition as a 13th driver to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, after manipulation of the outcome of the final regular-season race at Richmond by Michael Waltrip Racing changed the course of the 2013 season. Mohr interrupted his own routine with "news" that Gordon had just been added to the BCS championship in college football, that the four-time champion had been added to the Best Picture category for the Academy Awards and, finally, that a 13th month had been added to the calendar, called "JeffGordonary."
    Mohr surmised that Patrick, who was sitting close to the stage with her boyfriend, Sunoco Rookie of the Year Ricky Stenhouse Jr., might feel uncomfortable being so close to the front.
    He congratulated Bowyer, whose late-race spin started the sequence of events at Richmond that led to a record $300,000 fine for the organization for being "so good at apologizing for things you may or may not have done."
    Before Johnson took the stage, series runner-up Matt Kenseth, who moved from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing this season, offered his congratulations with a pointed suggestion. "I will start by congratulating Jimmie, Chad, Rick and the 48 team ... but, honestly, I have to say, your dominance is getting old," Kenseth said. "If I were you Jimmie, I would seriously contemplate retirement. Winning that much has to be tiring. Go buy yourself an island somewhere, hang out with your family, find a new hobby, spend some of that money and enjoy yourself."
    But as usual, Johnson had the last word, as he and the #48 team prepare for a run at a record-tying seventh championship next year.(NASCAR Wire Service)(12-7-2013)

  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards: The postseason black-tie event will begin tonight at 5 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner will be crowned and the top-10 drivers in the final standings will be honored. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, the culmination of Champions Week, will feature the NASCAR Fan Reception, Red Carpet Walk, celebrity guests, music and entertainment. FOX Sports 2, www.NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will provide coverage of the event. For more information see the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Awards page.(12-6-2013)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week Day Four: Johnson Returns To Head Table After Two-Year Absence Jimmie Johnson wraps up his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship celebration Friday night in Las Vegas. For Johnson, Champion's Week has been an enjoyable one - and perhaps his best since he captured his first championship in 2006 to begin an unprecedented run of five consecutive titles.
    "The streak, when it was alive, I didn't realize how much pressure we were carrying on our shoulders. We almost didn't get to enjoy the moment," he said. "We were looking ahead to see what the next year would be. "This (year) is almost a starting over. We're just enjoying it for what it is."
    Johnson and the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Chevrolet team's streak of five titles ended in 2011 and they missed the title a year ago, but the now-38-year-old Californian smiled and applauded the achievements of Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski from the audience. The two seasons away from the head table provided some of the impetus for what Johnson calls "a kick-butt year" in which he won six races. Two victories during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup were keys to Johnson emerging victorious from a dramatic and tension-filled battle with 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth. "There's nothing more motivating than sitting down on the floor and watching the head table receive all the things through the course of the night," Johnson said. "We worked hard and came back and got it done this year."
    One championship away from matching the seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles won by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Johnson had hoped to reference some of the legends' thoughts in making Friday night's speech. He had no luck retrieving any of Petty's remarks following his sixth title. The late Earnhardt's speech in 1994 likewise wasn't helpful.
    "I expected to see some life-changing thing in there I could attach to my speech; some meaningful moment or whatever," Johnson said of Earnhardt's banquet performance. "He was just as nervous as the rest of us. He was rattled, got off the stage and walked away. I do recognize I'm in a very unique position (that) only two other men have been in. If I can find a way to mention that tonight, that's my goal."(NASCAR)(12-6-2013)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week Day Three: Stewart Receives 2013 NMPA Myers Brothers Award: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart's reaction to being named recipient of the 2013 NMPA Myers Brothers Award was emotional and heartfelt. "This is crazy," said the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. "What an honor. It's very humbling." Stewart was honored by the National Motor Sports Press Association (NMPA) during Thursday's annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas for a variety of reasons - as a fierce competitor, championship team owner and race track promoter. "But he's also helped others on many occasions; quietly and without recognition," said NMPA President Kenny Bruce. "The stories of our winner's big heart have gotten around; much to his dismay, I'm sure. Trust me, they're endless." Bruce's introductory remarks were echoed by master of ceremonies and FOX Sports broadcaster Mike Joy. "What he does for the sport makes him one of a kind." The NMPA Myers Brothers Award is presented in the names of pioneer NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers. Past recipients are a virtual who's-who of the industry - drivers, owners, track operators, sponsors and members of the media - and include nearly every current member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Stewart was cited for a longtime body of work - and specifically for his role in taking NASCAR back to its roots. He and his staff at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, produced the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "Mudsummer Classic," the sanctioning body's first national points competition on a dirt surface in more than four decades.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named the NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for a record, 11th consecutive season. He matched Bill Elliott's mark a year ago although the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion continues to hold the overall record of 16.
    Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, addressed the media prior to the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon calling the just-concluded season "a good year." France pronounced the roll-out of the Gen-6 Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry successful. The premier series' three manufacturers were named joint recipients of the 2013 Buddy Shuman Award for their role in creating race cars styled to better connect the sport with the pride of car ownership shared by millions of North American consumers.
    Despite cooler than normal temperatures, thousands of fans lined The Strip - Las Vegas Boulevard - as the top-13 drivers celebrated the conclusion of the 2013 season with the fifth annual Victory Lap. Engines rumbled and smoke from burnouts filled the air during the popular event that started and finished in front of the Miracle Mile Shops on Las Vegas Boulevard.
    Additional events Thursday included the NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola at the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort, a "tell-all" driver-fan interaction that lived up to its promise as one of the most sought after off-track tickets.
    Here is the complete list of Thursday's award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon:
    • NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Tony Stewart
    • NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    • Buddy Shuman Award: Chevrolet Division of General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Toyota
    • NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: Coca-Cola
    • 3M Lap Leader Award: Matt Kenseth
    • American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch
    • Coors Light Pole Award: Denny Hamlin
    • Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" Award: Jimmie Johnson
    • Freescale "Wide Open" Award: Matt Kenseth
    • Goodyear Tires Award (Champion): Jimmie Johnson
    • MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Scott Fox, Hendrick Motorsports #48 team
    • Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Hendrick Motorsports #88 team
    • Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Matt Kenseth
    • MOOG Steering & Suspension Problem Solver of the Year Award: Matt Borland, crew chief #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team
    • Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award: Carl Edwards
    • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award (Champion): Jimmie Johnson
    • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    • Champion Sponsor Award: Lowe's
    • Champion Crew Chief: Chad Knaus
    (NASCAR), for more information see the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Awards page.(12-6-2013)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week - Day 2: In the end, there was only one grand prize winner during the fifth annual Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway held at the Fremont Street Experience, and she chose Kyle Busch and his case. Her prize? Tickets to Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas . The game-show format event featured six contest-winning fans selecting cases containing assorted prize packs from among the 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. Each fan had the opportunity to select a driver and his sealed case during one of six rounds. Before revealing their prize, each fan had the choice to stay with that case or choose four others to eliminate. Between each round the cases were shuffled among the drivers. Every fan walked away a winner with prizes including key chains, hats, race packages and even tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards for the Grand Prize winner.
    Also honored on Wednesday were this year's finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award - Duncan Dobie, Lisa Hall, Richard Johnson and Don Post - at an afternoon reception at Wynn Las Vegas. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the Award winner during this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Fans can cast their vote to determine the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting www.NASCAR.com/Award before 11:59pm/et on Dec. 5.(NASCAR), for more information see the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Awards page.(12-5-2013)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week In Las Vegas Officially Begins: Jimmie Johnson's four-day, Las Vegas whirlwind odyssey has begun. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas officially is underway. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion's rounds of Las Vegas media outlets began early Tuesday with interviews with a pair of top-rated rock and country music radio stations; CBS, FOX and Univision television outlets; MRN Radio and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Johnson also participated in a Q&A session at the 2013 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum and then visited the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip where he signed autographs for waiting fans. Tuesday's activities wound down with a round of photos and the annual Champion's Dinner with NASCAR President Mike Helton and others. Champion's Week activities for Johnson began Monday in Los Angeles where the Californian visited the FOX Sports campus. He appeared on FOX Sports 1's FOX Sports Live and taped segments with The OT and UFC Tonight. Before flying to Los Angeles, Johnson and his crew chief Chad Knaus visited the corporate headquarters of the #48 team's sponsor Lowe's in Mooresville, N.C., where they presented the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy to a large crowd of associates.(NASCAR)(12-4-2013)

  • Championship week kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week kicks off Tuesday for its fifth installment in [Las Vegas], marking a major milestone of celebration in Las Vegas. Four days of glitz and fan-friendly activity with the 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason drivers is scheduled, culminating Friday with the feting of six-time champion #48-Jimmie Johnson at the Wynn Las Vegas. Coverage of the awards takes place Friday from 9:00pm-12:00am/et on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com. Radio coverage on MRN affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm/et. Plenty of build-up and insider-style access -- with many events free to the public -- is scheduled before the black-tie and evening gown gala:
    Tuesday -- "NASCAR Live" with Eli Gold will host Johnson in an hourlong, audience-participation radio show from 7:00-8:00pm/et at the Wynn Sports Book. The Motorsports Marketing Forum presented by SportsBusiness Daily/Global/Journal also kicks off for the first of two days, providing a comprehensive look at the business of the NASCAR industry.
    Wednesday -- The red carpet will be out for all 13 Chase drivers in the Fanfest presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a free event also in its fifth year. Beginning at 4:30pm/et at the Fremont Street Experience, the drivers will engage in a game-show style face-off with a prize of two tickets to the Friday night awards banquet available for fans.
    Thursday -- One of the busiest days of the week in Vegas begins with the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon. The awards ceremonies are followed by NASCAR Victory Lap at 6:30pm/et, when the top 10 Chase drivers will offer a taste of the race-day experience with burnouts and a rumbling drive down Las Vegas Boulevard. NASCAR After the Lap presented by Ford and Coca-Cola concludes the day at the Palms Hotel & Casino Hotel with an offbeat, unfiltered roundtable involving every Chase driver. Fans can watch NASCAR Victory Lap and NASCAR After the Lap live on NASCAR.com.
    Friday -- Johnson and the rest of the top 10 drivers in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings will be honored, marking the official close of the 2013 season. Drivers, celebrities and other special guests will all walk the redcarpet before the celebration begins.(NASCAR.com)(12-2-2013)

  • Host and Musical Acts Announced: A little bit of country, pop, rock and roll and comedy will equal a show chock full of entertainment when chart-topping musicians John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley and Sara Bareilles take the stage, and comedian, actor and radio personality Jay Mohr hosts this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, which will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6, will begin at 8:00pm/et. The event will crown six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and honor the remaining top 10 drivers in the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. The event will air on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com beginning at 9:00pm/et, with Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also providing coverage starting at 8:00pm/et.
    Jay Mohr, who transcended the comedic world from a fixture on Saturday Night Live landing roles in popular films such as Jerry McGuire, Pay it Forward and Hereafter, will host this year's event. His career in show business, which also includes hosting nationally syndicated Jay Mohr Sports and other top radio programs, spans more than three decades. Mohr is no stranger to the spotlight, making him a natural fit to showcase some of NASCAR's most prominent stars. "It may be just a coincidence, but I hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in 2006 when Jimmie Johnson won the first of his five straight titles," said Mohr. "Now, I'm back again to officially crown him champion for a sixth time. I couldn't be more thrilled to host this show again and help honor some of the best drivers - and athletes - in the world."
    To get the night started, NASCAR fans will be treated to a special performance by John Mellencamp. With 22 top 40 hits to his credit, Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including Billboard's Century Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, The John Steinbeck Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award over the course of his storied career.
    Later in the evening, Dierks Bentley, one of contemporary country music's biggest stars, keeps his NASCAR performance streak rolling following his act at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Bentley has forged his own artistic path by mixing elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, which has helped him maintain an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His most recent album, Home, debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career number one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies. Bentley has earned 11 Grammy nominations and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. He recently released his new single, "I Hold On," off his upcoming album Riser.
    Additionally, three-time GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles will perform a song from her fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, which features the current hit song "Brave." She achieved initial mainstream success in 2007 with the chart-topping single "Love Song," which was number one on Billboard's Pop 100 list. Since then, Bareilles has sold more than one million records and more than four million singles in the United States.
    "The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards are the perfect opportunity to bring together NASCAR's top drivers and some of the most popular names in Hollywood for a star-powered celebration," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and business development. "Just like in years past, this is a quality line-up filled with a wide range of personalities and musical genres, so there will be something for everyone." The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will re-air on FOX Sports 1 at 12noon/et on Sunday, Dec. 8.(NASCAR)(11-27-2013)

  • NASCAR Speeds Into Las Vegas For Annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week: For the fifth-consecutive year, NASCAR will return to Las Vegas for the postseason NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, a star-studded, entertainment-filled celebration for the series champion and fans, culminating with one of NASCAR's marquee events, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Since 2009, the awards have been held at Wynn Las Vegas and have grown in stature and prestige with each passing year. This year's awards will take place Dec. 6, returning to Wynn Las Vegas with FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com providing coverage from 9:00 pm - 12midnight/et. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will provide live coverage beginning at 8:00pm/et. The show will also re-air on FOX Sports 1 at 12noon/et on Dec. 8.
    Among the fan-friendly and interactive events this year are the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, the annual event where drivers and teams collect a number of year-end awards and accolades; NASCAR Victory Lap down the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, featuring burnouts and an authentic pit stop; and NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola, an interactive Q&A session between fans and all 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.
    Once again this year, fans will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Approximately 200 tickets were made available to fans through various promotions, contests and giveaways sponsored by NASCAR Official Partners, race tracks and race teams. Fan tickets will offer fans access to the following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week experiences:
    NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon
    NASCAR After The Lap
    NASCAR Fan Reception and Red Carpet Walk
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards
    Following is a rundown of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week activities; all times are local.
    Tuesday, Dec. 3
    NASCAR Live: For the third year in a row, Eli Gold will sit down for an hour with the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to discuss the 2013 season and what winning the championship means. NASCAR Live will air from inside the Sports Book at Wynn Las Vegas from 4-5 p.m. on Motor Racing Network Radio. This event is free to the public and fans in attendance will have a chance to participate in the live broadcast.
    Tuesday - Wednesday, Dec. 3 - 4
    2013 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum: The 14th annual NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum, presented by SportsBusiness Daily/Global/Journal, is the motorsports industry's most comprehensive business forum. Held at Aria Resort & Casino, the Forum will provide a 360-degree overview of motorsports by featuring insight and perspective from sports and marketing executives both within and outside the motorsports industry. Registration is required at www.MotorsportsMarketingForum.com.
    Tuesday - Friday, Dec. 3 - 6
    NASCAR Pit Stop Tour: The NASCAR Pit Stop Tour consists of Official Partner show cars featured in iconic locations throughout the Las Vegas Strip from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. Fans can get up close and personal with the cars at the following locations: Tropicana (Chevrolet), The Palazzo (Ford), Harrah's (Ford), the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign (2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion show car), the Coca-Cola store and M&M'S World.
    M&M'S To Make the CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP 'BETTER WITH M': Should Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M'S Toyota Camry, capture the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the brand will celebrate with America by giving away one million free bags of M&M'S. The giveaway in Las Vegas will be part of the NASCAR Pit Stop Tour, with sampling teams up and down the Las Vegas Strip.
    Wednesday, Dec. 4
    Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway: The fifth annual LVMS Fanfest will again be held at the Fremont Street Experience, and begin at 1:30 p.m. with the arrival of the 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. This event is free to the public and will consist of a red carpet walk by the 13 drivers, followed by a special "game show format" on-stage event featuring the drivers. Race fans will have the chance to win two tickets to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to be held two nights later at Wynn Las Vegas.
    Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Reception: This year's finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be honored at a reception at Wynn Las Vegas from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the award winner during this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday, Dec. 6. Fans can cast their vote for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting www.NASCAR.com/award before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 5.
    Thursday, Dec. 5
    NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: The annual awards luncheon and industry gathering will be held from 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas, where several team and individual awards will be presented. Among those awards included are the Champion Sponsor, Champion Crew Chief, Sunoco Rookie of the Year and NMPA Most Popular Driver awards. The event will be live-streamed on www.NASCAR.com.
    NASCAR Victory Lap: The green flag on the fan-favorite NASCAR Victory Lap will wave at 3:30 p.m., with pre-lap festivities to begin at 2:45 p.m., when the 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers parade down Las Vegas Boulevard in their race cars. NASCAR Victory Lap will start and finish in front of the Miracle Mile Shops on Las Vegas Boulevard and will once again provide fans with a unique experience to feel the excitement of NASCAR, featuring driver introductions, an authentic pit stop in front of the Fountains of Bellagio (performed by members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program Presented by Sprint) and two burnout sections - with viewing areas along the route. Portions of the event will be broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and www.NASCAR.com will live-stream the event.
    NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola: One of the premier events of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at The Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel. Fans can purchase tickets at www.NASCARAfterTheLap.com for $20 each (all ticket proceeds benefit The NASCAR Foundation) to attend the fan-favorite event featuring all 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. Among the many highlights from NASCAR After The Lap's humorous history are Jeff Gordon break dancing and Denny Hamlin doing "The Dougie." The event will be broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and www.NASCAR.com will live-stream the event.
    Friday, Dec. 6
    2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards: The postseason black-tie event will begin at 5 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner will be crowned and the top-10 drivers in the final standings will be honored. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, the culmination of Champion's Week, will feature the NASCAR Fan Reception, Red Carpet Walk, celebrity guests, music and entertainment. FOX Sports 2, www.NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 will provide coverage of the event.
    For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas, visit www.NASCAR.com/ChampionsWeek.(NASCAR)(11-6-2013)

  • NASCAR After The Lap returns to Las Vegas: NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola will return to Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year. NASCAR After the Lap has become a favorite event of both fans and drivers during NASCAR's annual celebration of its season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week. This year's event will take place at the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel on Thursday, December 5 at 5:00pm/pt.
    NASCAR fans are invited to "Buckle Up" when all 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers show off their distinctive personalities and interact with their loyal fan base. Impromptu questions and unexpected requests deliver memorable moments such as Denny Hamlin performing the "Dougie" on stage or a NASCAR produced Gangnam Style video that set the crowd abuzz and generated spirited conversation across social media.
    NASCAR fans can enter the NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes by visiting www.NASCARafterthelap.com up until November 17. This is the biggest giveaway ever for the NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes, providing two winners an all-inclusive VIP trip for them and a guest to NASCAR After The Lap in Las Vegas and either one trip to the 2014 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway or one trip to the 2014 Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One lucky winner will also be taking home the ultimate grand prize - a 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor.
    Tickets for the event will go on sale September 16 and are priced at $20 apiece. All ticket sale proceeds benefit The NASCAR Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that raises funds to support children's charities and important causes throughout the nation. Fans can visit NASCARafterthelap.com to purchase tickets. For fans unable to attend NASCAR After The Lap, NASCAR.com will offer a live stream of the event.(NASCAR)(8-18-2013)

  • Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Celebrates Five Years In Las Vegas: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - the annual culmination of Champion's Week - will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., for the fifth consecutive year. From 1981 until 2008, NASCAR held its year-ending premier series awards show in New York City. Starting in 2009, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards has been held in Las Vegas, a destination that has triggered an entertainment evolution for the fan-favorite show.
    Last year's show alone featured host Howie Mandel, Train, Phillip Phillips, Lifehouse with Natasha Bedingfield and Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles LOVE. Among other A-List entertainment acts who have performed since the move to Vegas include Reba, Kid Rock, Brooks and Dunn, David Gray, Rascal Flatts, Colbie Caillat, Martina McBride, Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil's "Viva ELVIS" and Frank Caliendo.
    "Every single week, NASCAR creates the big-event experience, so it's fitting that our year-end celebration of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion takes place in a city built on major moments," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. "Las Vegas has been home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards for five years, and each year it grows bigger, better and more entertaining for our fans. Undoubtedly, this milestone Champion's Week will continue - and heighten - that tradition."
    "Two of the world's most recognizable brands, NASCAR and Las Vegas, have developed a strong and successful partnership that delivers unrivaled excitement to millions of loyal fans," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "We're proud to celebrate this milestone as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and its Champion's Week return for the fifth year, proving that no destination matches the passion and energy of NASCAR like Las Vegas."
    A full lineup of events or activities during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week will be announced at a later date.(NASCAR)(5-6-2013)

  • Dates Set For NASCAR Nationwide Series & NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards: NASCAR announced the postseason awards dates for the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, set for Monday, Nov. 18 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.
    For the fifth consecutive season, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will share the awards stage, honoring the series driver and owner champions as well as the top-five drivers in each series. "Winning a NASCAR championship in one of our national series is a remarkable accomplishment, and the reason why the postseason awards shows are such significant dates on the NASCAR calendar," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. "Returning to a major market such as Miami for the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Awards will shine a bright spotlight on the special and unique achievements of our champions."
    For the first time in two years, NASCAR will crown a new champion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as reigning two-time titlist Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now races full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith currently owns the top spot in the standings, followed by three-time IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr., last year's championship runner-up Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Brian Vickers.
    Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher returned to the series in 2013 to defend his crown, and currently ranks sixth after four races. Johnny Sauter leads the points, followed by Matt Crafton and a trio of young rising stars Jeb Burton, Ryan Blaney and Ty Dillon.(NASCAR)(5-15-2013)

  • Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Returns To Las Vegas for next 3 years [2012-2014]: NASCAR announced that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - and all of Champion's Week - will return to Las Vegas, Nev., and remain there for the next three years. For the fourth-consecutive season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 30, a culmination of a week-long celebration for the series champion - and NASCAR fans. As in past years, fans can expect the traditionally exciting and interactive week of activities.
    "Experience tells us that Las Vegas creates the perfect backdrop for our sport and our fans to join us in celebrating a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship," said Steve Phelps, chief marketing officer for NASCAR. "Returning Champion's Week and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to Vegas for the next three years will help our loyal fans crystallize their plans to join us in putting the finishing touches on the season that was with a series of intriguing events across the city."
    From 1981 until 2008, NASCAR held its year-ending premier series awards show in New York City before moving to Las Vegas in 2009. Since then, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards has been held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and has grown in stature and prestige with each passing year.
    Fans can count on another star-studded and entertainment-filled week, culminating in the highly-anticipated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. During last year's official crowning of Tony Stewart as champion, Sprint announced its renewed commitment to the sport through 2016, and renowned multimedia superstar Reba hosted and singer-songwriter and musicianKid Rock performed for members of the NASCAR industry and fans.
    A full lineup of activity during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week will be announced at a later date.(NASCAR)(5-7-2012)


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