Series 2009 Champion's Week event schedule

Event Schedule For 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week SPEED To Televise NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2009) -- The site awaits, the schedule is set. All that's required is a champion. As...

Event Schedule For 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week
SPEED To Televise NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2009) -- The site awaits, the schedule is set.

All that's required is a champion.

As the NASCAR 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.

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

This year, SPEED will televise the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony live, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., ET. It will re-air from 1-5 a.m. ET, on Saturday, Dec. 5, and from 1-5 p.m. ET, on Sunday, 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," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. "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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio (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.

Below is a quick synopsis:

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 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. For the Fanfest, gates open at 9 a.m. Access to the speedway's Neon Garage begins at 11 a.m. PT. This portion of the event includes a red-carpet walk by the champion and the other 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 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. PT. The roast includes a private reception with the NASCAR 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 www.lvms.com for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 3 -- 2009 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards in the Venetian Showroom at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Annual recognition of series award winners, which includes drivers, crew members, teams and industry icons. From 1-2:30 p.m. PT. Media-only availability for top-12 drivers takes place from noon until 12:45 p.m. PT. Media-only availability for certain award winners follows immediately after the event.

Thursday, Dec. 3 -- Top 12 Victory Lap Parade. All 12 Chase participants will drive a lap in their show cars on Las Vegas Blvd., or "The Strip." It begins at 3:30 p.m. PT, 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 Rd. intersection and ends at 4 p.m. PT.

Friday, Dec. 4 -- 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas, from 6-9:40 p.m. PT.

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 NASCAR Sprint 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.

-credit: nascar

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