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.
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Six top fives, 14 top 10s · Average finish of 17.0 · Average Running Position of 14.6, third-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, fourth-best · 7,702 Green Flag Passes, second-most · Series-high 2,431 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%) · Series-high 5,288 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) · Five wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s · Average finish of 15.5 · Series-best Average Running Position of 14.5 · Driver Rating of 90.7, second-best · 80 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 6,981 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 193.336 mph, ninth-fastest · 2,313 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8%), third-most · 4,478 Quality Passes, third-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) · One win, four top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 19.0 · Driver Rating of 82.0, 10th-best · 80 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 1,572 Laps in the Top 15 (45.9%), 10th-most · 3,507 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 17.5 · Average Running Position of 16.0, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 87.5, fifth-best · 2,070 Laps in the Top 15 (54.4%), fourth-most · 3,944 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s · Average finish of 17.8 · Average Running Position of 14.5, second-best · Driver Rating of 89.9, third-best · 6,413 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · 2,423 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7%), second-most · 4,664 Quality Passes, second-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · Three wins, four top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 15.1 · Driver Rating of 82.9, eighth-best · 1,043 Laps in the Top 15 (45.3%), 22nd-most
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 13.0 · Average Running Position of 15.1, fourth-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 95.6 · Average Green Flag Speed of 193.444 mph, second-fastest
Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) · Two top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 19.9 · Average Running Position of 16.9, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 82.2, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 193.326 mph, 10th-fastest
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet) · Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 20.4 · Driver Rating of 79.8, 12th-best · 6,049 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · 1,736 Laps in the Top 15 (45.6%), seventh-most · 3,456 Quality Passes, 10th-most
David Ragan (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota) · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 16.5 · Driver Rating of 80.9, 11th-best · 5,952 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 193.337 mph, eighth-fastest
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford) · One top five, two top 10s · Average finish of 8.7 · Average Running Position of 16.0, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 85.0, sixth-best · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 193.454 mph