NASCAR Busch Series Champion's Week - Day 3
*NASCAR Busch Series Top-10 drivers join champion Truex Jr. for Orlando media activities
*NASCAR Busch Series Awards Ceremony takes place Friday night
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2005) -- Following two days of whirlwind media opportunities in the Tampa Bay area by himself as the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series champion, Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet) was joined by his fellow members of the series' Top 10 in Orlando for more media interviews today.
Despite a gloomy rain that canceled a scheduled media vs. driver miniature golf competition at Fantasia Gardens on the grounds of Walt Disney World's famed EPCOT Center, the drivers and NASCAR Busch Series Director Joe Balash were greeted by members of the national and local media representing national and local print, broadcast and internet outlets.
Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) and Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge), who finished second and fourth, respectively in the points standings, began the day with a morning show appearance on the local NBC affiliate. Bowyer, Sorenson and David Green (No. 27 Kleenex Ford) then participated in call-ins to radio outlets across the country that included the Martinsville, Texas, Kansas City, Cincinnati and St. Louis markets.
"Every driver that doesn't have an opportunity to be a part of the Top 10, to see what he's missing out on, events like this should make them work even harder," said Green, the 1994 NASCAR Busch Series champion, who finished eighth in the standings. "The banquet and the activities surrounding it give us an opportunity to reflect on the season, its highs and lows," he said.
"This gives us the chance to say thanks to Anheuser-Busch and NASCAR, as well as all of our sponsors, for allowing us to do what we love to do."
Paul Menard (No. 11 Menard's Chevrolet -- sixth), who joined Bowyer, Sorenson and Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet -- fifth) as first-time Top-10 members, agreed with Green. "This is a great experience," he said. "It's a perfect way to celebrate a great season."
Tonight, Truex will join members of his Chance 2 Motorsports team, including car owner Teresa Earnhardt and crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion, at a champion's dinner with NASCAR executives at Luma on Park in Winter Park.
Also tonight, Carl Edwards (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) will travel to Tampa to take part in the pre-game festivities for the Tampa Bay Lightning -- St. Louis Blues hockey game. Edwards will be wearing a No. 60 Lightning jersey as he starts the game with the team's trademark "Let's play hockey" call. Edwards, the NASCAR Busch Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year who finished third in the points standings, could be torn -- he's a native of Columbia, Mo., while his hosts are the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Additionally this evening, there will be a comedy show featuring Alex Reymundo, one of the Latin kings of comedy. The show will take place in the Venetian Ballroom in the Portofino Bay Hotel.
The NASCAR Busch Series champion's week activities culminate tomorrow with the annual Awards Ceremony, also at the Portofino. The event will be held in the Tuscan Ballroom beginning at 7:00 p.m.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers join festivities ... NASCAR Busch Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. will be joined by this year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ted Musgrave Friday afternoon for a satellite media tour set for the Harbor Plaza at the Portofino Bay Hotel. Musgrave's appearance kicks off the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Awards Ceremony activities for the weekend. The banquet will be held on Sunday, also at the Portofino. This is the first year the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquets have been held at the same venue over the same weekend. The trucks had previously held the season-ending banquet in Miami over the last four years following the final race of the season. Other members of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Top 10, including Raybestos Rookie of the Year Todd Kluever, Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner and Musgrave, will visit the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital on Saturday morning. After their visit, they will join Bobby Hamilton and Timothy Peters at the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. The drivers will be featured on a float in the parade and will also sign autographs at the theme park.
Anheuser-Busch celebrates 25th anniversary season in 2006 ... Following the awards ceremony, the NASCAR Busch Series will be on winter hiatus until the beginning of the 2006 season -- the 25th anniversary season for series sponsor Anheuser-Busch. The NASCAR Busch Series officially begins the 2006 season on Jan. 20 when testing begins at Daytona International Speedway. The session for all series teams runs from Jan. 20 -- 23; Jan. 24 is set aside as a rain day.
What: NASCAR Busch Series Awards Ceremony.
Where: Tuscan Ballroom, The Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Fla.
When: 7-10:30 p.m. (ET). Friday, Dec. 9.
TV: TNT, Midnight. (ET) Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Final NASCAR Busch Series Top 10: 1. Martin Truex Jr. 4,937. 2. Clint Bowyer 4,869. 3. Carl Edwards 4,601. 4. Reed Sorenson 4,453. 5. Denny Hamlin 4,143. 6. Paul Menard 4,101. 7. Kenny Wallace 4,068. 8. David Green 3,908. 9. Jason Keller 3,866. 10. Greg Biffle 3,865.
Raybestos Rookie of the Year: Carl Edwards.
Emcee: Allen Bestwick.
Special Guest: Benny Parsons.
Comedian: Richard Jeni.
Musical Entertainment: Lisa Marie Presley.