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.
AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 JTG/Daugherty Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 21.857, 13th-best · Average Running Position of 20.523, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 84.5, 12th-best · 24 Fastest Laps Run, series-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.992, third-fastest · 359 Laps in the Top 15 (46.2), 13th-most · 167 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, six top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 8.600, series-best · Average Running Position of 13.390, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 96.7, fourth-best · 40 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.953, fifth-fastest · 671 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6), fifth-most · 264 Quality Passes, fourth-most Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · One win, seven top fives, seven top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.909, third-best · Average Running Position of 9.613, series-best · Driver Rating of 109.3, series-best · 78 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 90.227, series-fastest · 955 Laps in the Top 15 (78.5), series-most · 261 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Two wins, two top fives, three top 10s · Average finish of 19.091, 10th-best · Average Running Position of 18.503, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, sixth-best · 54 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.796, 13th-fastest · 635 Laps in the Top 15 (52.2), 10th-most · 186 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, three top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 16.455, sixth-best · Average Running Position of 15.193, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, seventh-best · 33 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.813, 12th-fastest · 682 Laps in the Top 15 (56.0), ninth-most · 225 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · Four top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 16.727, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 14.511, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 86.9, ninth-best · 41 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.883, ninth-fastest · 732 Laps in the Top 15 (60.1), seventh-most 237 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, four top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 10.636, second-best · Average Running Position of 11.336, second-best · Driver Rating of 101.0, second-best · 63 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.955, fourth-fastest · 928 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3), second-most · 304 Quality Passes, series-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, two top fives, five top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 17.000, eighth-best · Average Running Position of 15.608, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 86.7, 10th-best · 41 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.841, 10th-fastest · 695 Laps in the Top 15 (57.1), eighth-most · 279 Quality Passes, third-most
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS) · One top 15 · Average finish of 21.500, 12th-best · Average Running Position of 12.173, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 86.3, 11th-best · 5 Fastest Laps Run, second-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.936, sixth-fastest · 159 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3), third-most · 42 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top fives, two top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 17.182, ninth-best · Average Running Position of 16.143, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 87.1, eighth-best · 27 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.910, eighth-fastest · 596 Laps in the Top 15 (49.0), 11th-most · 153 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 13.545, fourth-best · Average Running Position of 13.984, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 88.5, fifth-best · 18 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.827, 11th-fastest · 737 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6), sixth-most · 230 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.182, fifth-best · Average Running Position of 11.931, third-best · Driver Rating of 98.1, third-best · 79 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 90.113, second-fastest · 852 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0), fourth-most · 295 Quality Passes, second-most
Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, one top five, two top 10s · Average finish of 21.000, 11th-best · Average Running Position of 18.563, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 83.3, 13th-best · 52 Fastest Laps Run, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.930, seventh-fastest · 517 Laps in the Top 15 (46.7), 12th-most · 187 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Sonoma Schedule of Events
Friday, June 24 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING 12:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE 3:30 - 4:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, June 25 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 11:15 AM NSCS QUALIFYING
Sunday, June 26 7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING 11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS 12:00 PM NSCS RACE
All this junk posted is simply stuff I use weekly to accumulate a pre-practice driver rating. It's an easy weekly process. How those ratings work won't be shared, but all the data needed for handicapping should be posted somewhere here. Good luck week-to-week in any betting endeavor. Hope the info helps. - MR