NASCAR heads to Las Vegas for Champion’s Week
The NASCAR Sprint Cup season may be in the books, but the work is not over for the Chase drivers. This week, the stars of NASCAR head to ‘Sin City’ to celebrate the 2013 season in style.
Kicking off with Tuesday’s NASCAR Live at Wynn Las Vegas, Champion’s Week is full of fun events leading up to Friday’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2. The ceremony will also re-air Sunday at 12 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Starting Tuesday, fans in the area will be able to view show cars at Tropicana, The Palazzo, Harrah’s, the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, the Coca-Cola store and M&M’s World. In addition, M&M’s is celebrating Kyle Busch’s best career finish by giving away one million free bags of M&M’s.
For the fifth-straight year, NASCAR will take over Freemont Street for the free Fanfest presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Each of the Chase drivers will walk the red carpet, meeting fans and signing autographs, before making their way on stage for a "game show format" event.
Later that evening, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Reception will honor the finalists of the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the winner of which will be named during Friday night’s Awards Ceremony.
Thursday is when the real fun begins.
Everyone dreams of cruising down the famous Vegas Strip in a cool ride, right? Well, imagine doing it in a Sprint Cup Series car, doing burnouts and donuts along the way with fans lining the streets watching on. That is what will take place during the NASCAR Victory Lap. The 13 Chase drivers will driver down Las Vegas Boulevard, with a live pit stop performed by the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program in front of the Fountains of Bellagio.
Following the NASCAR Victory Lap, the drivers will unwind on stage during the NASCAR After The Lap celebration. This event is loose, laid back and usually produces its share of memorable moments — like Jeff Gordon breakdancing, Denny Hamlin teaching everyone how to "Dougie," and Rutledge Wood challenging Tony Stewart to a push-up contest.
Friday night is the big night, however.
With the 2013 season in the rearview mirror, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will mark the final chapter. The top 10 finishers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be saluted on stage, culminating with Jimmie Johnson’s sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship speech.
Actor and comedian Jay Mohr will once again serve as host to the event, while there will be musical performances from John Mellencamp, Dierks Bently and Sara Bareilles throughout the night.