More stars join "NASCAR night in Hollywood" HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 28, 1998)
Jay Leno, James Garner and musical act Sugar Ray, along with ESPN's Kenny Mayne and Dan Patrick have been added to the list of stars taking part in "NASCAR's Night In Hollywood -- A Golden Celebration," the gala event that will be held on Friday at the historic Wiltern Theatre.
Members of the entertainment community, current and former NASCAR stars, as well as other professional athletes and musical performers will come together for this Hollywood event commemorating NASCAR's 50th Anniversary. ESPN will televise the star-studded affair in a two-hour, prime-time special the following evening, Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT.
A highlight of the evening will be 11 presentations and tributes to members of the NASCAR community from Hollywood celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Garner, Casey Kasem, Sharon Lawrence, Mayne and Patrick.
The tributes to be presented are: Lifetime Achievement, Founders Tribute, Pioneer Tribute, NASCAR Iron Man Tribute, Lifetime Media Tribute, NASCAR Future Legend and Driver of the Decade (1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s).
Entertainment will include a retrospective look at NASCAR's 50-year history through music, dance and comedy performances from Sister Sledge, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Mike Love (of the Beach Boys) and Dean Torrance (of Jan and Dean), Sugar Ray, Duane Eddy, the award-winning Australian dance troupe Tap Dogs and the magic and comedy of Penn and Teller.
For the ESPN broadcast of "NASCAR's Night In Hollywood -- A Golden Celebration" the following evening, there will be video vignettes from Leno, Tim Allen and Craig T. Nelson. The latter entertainers have dabbled in motor racing as sports car drivers and team owners.
"NASCAR's Night In Hollywood -- A Golden Celebration" is being produced by ESPN, NASCAR and the California Speedway in conjunction with Sunday's California 500 presented by NAPA, the only NASCAR Winston Cup championship point event in Southern California.
Source: NASCAR Online