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Schedule released for Champion's Week in Vegas
SPEED to televise Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony

-DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The site awaits, the schedule is set.

All that's required is a champion.

As the Sprint Cup Series season nears conclusion -- the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway just a few weeks away -- 2009 Champion's Week celebrations have taken shape.


From the track straight to the stage ... as part of the 2009 Champions Week celebration in Las Vegas, NASCAR will be hosting the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in a live and candid interview session at NASCAR After the Lap presented by Tissot. Fans will have the opportunity to hear their favorite drivers answer questions ranging from favorite racing moments to what the Sprint Cup Series champion plans to do post-season.

Las Vegas is the host city for this year's Champion's Week festivities, which culminates on Friday, Dec. 4, with the 2009 Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.

This year, SPEED will televise the awards ceremony live from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. ET. It will re-air from 1-5 a.m. ET, on Dec. 5 and from 1-5 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. The awards ceremony is the series champion's formal celebration.

"With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony moving from New York to Las Vegas this year, there continues to be a great deal of buzz about how things are going to be different," SPEED president Hunter Nickell said. "So, when the opportunity came for SPEED to be the television home for the event, it was an easy 'yes' from us.

"SPEED now opens the year with the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, carries it through the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race and NASCAR Hall of Fame ceremonies in the spring and wraps it up with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas without missing a single week of coverage."

The awards ceremony also can be heard on Sirius (Channel 128) and XM (Channel 128 with the "Best of Sirius") and on MRN Radio.

Though the awards ceremony is the traditional focal point, a full roster of exciting events is planned for this year's Champion's Week, many with fan involvement.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Chasers for Charity Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- This event includes a free-admission fan event, plus a charity roast of the 2009 Sprint Cup champion.

For the Fanfest, gates open at 9 a.m. PT Access to the speedway's Neon Garage begins at 11 a.m. This portion of the event includes a red-carpet walk by the champion and the other 2009 Chase drivers, car displays, live music, reduced-price concessions and a raffle drawing.

The Charity Roast takes place in the speedway's Blackjack Club, located in the infield media center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The roast includes a private reception with the Sprint Cup Series champion and Chase participants, plus reserved seats and parking. It will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Neon Garage.

Due to space considerations, it's limited to the first 300 people who respond. Cost is a $250 tax-deductible donation to Speedway Children's Charities. Visit for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 3
Top 12 Victory Lap Parade -- All 12 Chase participants will drive a lap in their show cars on Las Vegas Boulevard, or "The Strip."

The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, proceeding north to Spring Mountain Road before returning to MGM. Includes a pit stop and a "burnout" at the Spring Mountain Road intersection and ends at 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas, from 6-9:40 p.m. -- This year's awards ceremony marks the first time in the sport's history that fans will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating the Cup Series champion.

Approximately 300 tickets are available to fans, which are being distributed by tracks, NASCAR partners, top-12 drivers and teams through various fan promotions.
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