2004 Award Banquets set

NASCAR Sets Dates, Sites For 2004 Awards Shows New York, Orlando, Miami Beach and Nashville comprise postseason lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2004) -- It is the culmination of a driver's career, a NASCAR tradition like no other, a...

NASCAR Sets Dates, Sites For 2004 Awards Shows
New York, Orlando, Miami Beach and Nashville comprise postseason lineup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2004) -- It is the culmination of a driver's career, a NASCAR tradition like no other, a chance to shine on center stage in the world's largest city -- New York. It is the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Awards Ceremony; the 2004 version is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.

The series champion and other drivers involved in the "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" will be honored at the gala event, first held at the Waldorf in 1981 when then-NASCAR President Bill France determined a higher-profile gathering was in order for an ever-burgeoning sport. Since, the event has grown in prestige as has the "Champion's Week" in New York, with the series champion typically on a whirlwind tour of major media appearances in the country's largest market leading up to the week-ending ceremony, which will be telecast nationally the same evening by TNT and will later be re-telecast on NBC.

NASCAR also has established dates and sites for three national-level awards banquets -- NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. Following is a rundown of those three events.

* NASCAR Busch Series Banquet has Universal appeal ... One week after the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series banquet in New York, the NASCAR Busch Series takes over the spotlight with an awards banquet scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 at the Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The NASCAR Busch Series has celebrated its season at Portofino Bay -- included on Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Gold List of "World's Best Places to Stay" in 2003-04 -- for the past two years. The 750-room hotel, located at the Universal Orlando theme park, is modeled after the Italian seaside village of Portofino. The banquet will be telecast by TNT.

* NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series motoring into Miami Beach ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will crown its 10th champion on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. This elegant hotel opened in 1998, becoming the first luxury hotel to be built in Miami Beach in over 30 years, at a cost of $135 million. Located in the historic Art Deco District on famed Collins Avenue and 16th Street, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is just four blocks from the Miami Beach Convention Center, and at the heart of the fashionable South Beach dining, shopping and nightlife scene. The banquet will be telecast by SPEED Channel.

* NASCAR Dodge Weekly racers returning to Music City ... Another longtime NASCAR tradition has been the annual NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Awards Banquet in Nashville, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. This year, the series champions will celebrate their accomplishments on Saturday, Oct. 30, in what has become one of the biggest NASCAR events of the year. The Gaylord Opryland Resort is renowned for its acres of lavish gardens under a series of dazzling glass-domed environments.

<pre> 2004 NASCAR Banquet Dates

Sat., Oct. 30     NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series      Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville
Sat., Nov. 20     NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series   Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla.
Fri., Dec. 3      NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series        Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York City
Fri., Dec. 10     NASCAR Busch Series             Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Fla.

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