Day 2 of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week featured a day-long fan-friendly event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dubbed “Chasers for Charity.” The highlight was a NASCAR version of the popular TV game show “The Family Feud.”
And hometown boy Kyle Busch stole the show early, correctly guessing ‘himself’ as the answer to this question: “What driver would you least like to have racing your driver for the win on the final lap?”
Hosted by comedian Kevin Burke, the top-12 drivers in the final series points standings, split into two teams, battled for survey supremacy. Through the track’s website and social media outlets, fans answered a number of questions, with the top-five answers to each put ‘on the board.’
Totaling a combined 13 series championships, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick made up one team. The other squad featured Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.
Go figure – Team Hamlin, the roster with zero NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, easily bagged the Family Feud title, 400-99.
A sampling of the questions, all of which were NASCAR-themed:
-“Name a famous finish in NASCAR history.” (No. 1 answer: Darlington, 2003 – closest finish in history, between Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven)
-“Which driver do most media people enjoy interviewing?” (No. 1 answer: Jeff Burton)
-“Which NASCAR driver would be most suitable to appear on The Bachelor?” (No. 1 answer: Kasey Kahne)
-“Name the non-Chase driver who has the best chance of making the Chase next year.” (No. 1 answer: Jamie McMurray)
-“Which driver from the past would you most like to drive one of your cars today?” (No. 1 answer: Dale Earnhardt)
The game show capped off a number of festivities held throughout the day.
Earlier, the track held a celebrity go-kart race featuring Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kevin Conway, comedians Carrot Top and Kevin Burke and San Francisco Giants centerfielder Aaron Rowand. Predictably, Conway – the ringer of the group – won.
Some of the other activities held in the track’s famed Neon Garage: live music, autograph sessions and a question and answer session with SPEED personalities Krista Voda and Larry McReynolds.
Additionally, the Richard Petty Experience offered rides around the track and charity memorabilia auctions were held throughout the day, with proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charities.
For the second-consecutive year, Las Vegas hosts the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week, culminating with Friday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.
SPEED, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio will broadcast the event, live at 9 p.m. ET.
Following is a complete rundown of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week activities.
Thursday, Dec. 2
·NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: This annual industry/media event begins at 11 a.m., in the Bellagio Ballroom at the Bellagio and includes presentations to the Champion Crew Chief, Champion Sponsor, Raybestos Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver. Fans have the opportunity to attend for the first time. It is co-hosted by NASCAR and the National Motor Sports Press Association.
·Victory Lap: Set for 3:30 p.m., the top-12 drivers will motor down the famed Las Vegas Strip in their respective race cars. Expect an authentic pit stop along the route and two burn-out sections for drivers. Victory Lap begins in front of Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino and ends at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Prior to Victory Lap at 3 p.m., Johnson will receive the Key to the City of Las Vegas from Mayor Oscar Goodmanand Commissioner Tom Collins. Commissioner Collins also will present a Proclamation recognizing Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 as Jimmie Johnson Day.
·“NASCAR After The Lap, Made Possible By Coca-Cola and Ford”: This free fan event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and features a question-and-answer session with drivers and an interactive Coca-Cola Fan Zone experience. Select fans will win NASCAR-themed prizes, including a 2011 Ford Taurus SHO. The Coca-Cola Fan Zone opens at noon, with doors to NASCAR After The Lap opening at 3 p.m. General admission seats are free, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register for tickets at nascarafterthelap.com.
Friday, Dec. 3
2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony: The big show starts at 6 p.m. (9 p.m. ET), crowning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner and honoring the other drivers who finished in the top 10 in the final series standings. The star-studded entertainment lineup for the ceremony includes country rockers Rascal Flatts,comedic host Frank Caliendo, country singer Martina McBride, singer Colbie Caillat and a performance from the Las Vegas show “Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil.” A Sam Bass custom designed Gibson Les Paul guitar being played by Rascal Flatts and signed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and the band will be auctioned to support the NASCAR Foundation beginning Friday, Dec. 3 at www.NASCARFoundation.com.
Thursday, August 21 9:00 - 10:00 PM Transporter Parade: Bristol Mall to Bristol Motor Speedway Infield 9:00 PM NSCS Infield Hauler Parking
Friday, August 22 12:00 - 1:00 PM NSCS Practice 1:30 - 2:20 PM NSCS Final Practice 5:40 PM NSCS Qualifying
Saturday, August 23 2:00 - 5:00 PM Pre-Race Superpass In Effect/Track Walk 7:00 PM NSCS Driver Introductions 7:30 PM NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
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Greg Biffle (No. 16 Hire Our Heroes Ford) · Six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.0 · Average Running Position of 13.1, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 93.7, sixth-best · 325 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.319 mph, seventh-fastest · 6,652 Laps in the Top 15 (69.9%), third-most · 497 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.8 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, eighth-best · 356 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 903 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.286 mph, eighth-fastest · 5,859 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), ninth-most · 509 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Doublemint Toyota) · Five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.9 · Average Running Position of 13.0, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 101.7, third-best · Series-high 598 Fastest Laps Run · 848 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.413 mph, fourth-fastest · 6,278 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), fifth-most · 491 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) · Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.2 · Average Running Position of 14.7, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 89.3, 11th-best · 397 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.198 mph, 11th-fastest · 6,024 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3%), seventh-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet) · Five wins, 16 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles · Average finish of 12.2 · Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best · Driver Rating of 100.6, fourth-best · 419 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 846 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.469 mph, third-fastest · Series-high 7,730 Laps in the Top 15 (81.2%) · 596 Quality Passes, second-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) · One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.5 · Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best · 387 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 893 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.250 mph, 10th-fastest · 5,192 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), 12th-most · 429 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 14.3 · Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 90.3, 10th-best · 327 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 964 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.390 mph, fifth-fastest · 5,943 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), eighth-most · 463 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.4 · Average Running Position of 13.7, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 91.2, seventh-best · 496 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 6,361 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), fourth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 17.0 · Driver Rating of 88.9, 12th-best · 424 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 944 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.175 mph, 12th-fastest · 5,245 Laps in the Top 15 (55.1%), 11th-most · 521 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Three wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.5 · Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best · Driver Rating of 102.7, second-best · 508 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.505 mph, second-fastest · 7,689 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), second-most · Series-high 602 Quality Passes
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford) · Two wins, three top fives, three top 10s · Average finish of 14.3 · Average Running Position of 12.6, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 95.9, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.331 mph, sixth-fastest
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 10.0 · Series-best Average Running Position of 7.5 · Series-best Driver Rating of 104.5 · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.048 mph