The racing season has ended but the celebration continues as NASCAR's 2017 Champion's Week celebration has finally arrived.
Driver autograph sessions, an intimate evening with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the much anticipated Victory Lap and the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards program are among the activities slated to take place once again in Las Vegas this week, beginning Tuesday and wrapping up Thursday evening as driver Martin Truex Jr. and the #78 Furniture Row Racing team are officially honored as 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions.
Kicking things off on will be a NASCAR driver autograph session at NASCAR Fan HQ at The Park.
The NASCAR Fan Lounge at Beerhaus, presented by Coors Light, also located at The Park, will be open 4-11pm/et Tuesday through Thursday with various activities. On Tuesday, series champions Truex (Monster Energy Series), William Byron (XFINITY) and Christopher Bell (Camping World Truck) headline the Champion's Week kickoff at the Fan Lounge, beginning at 8:00pm/et.
Closing out the opening day's activities will be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreci88ion event presented by Nationwide at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., located inside the Cosmopolitan.
The National Motorsports Press Association's annual Myers Brothers Awards program kicks off events on Wednesday. Various NASCAR industry awards will be presented during the two-hour program, capped off with the namesake Myers Brothers Award presented to an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing.
NASCAR's Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco gets underway at 5:30pm/et. All 16 Playoff drivers, and 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones, will participate in a "burnout" contest as they make their way between the Miracle Mile Shops and NASCAR Fan HQ at the Park. Upon arriving at their destination, drivers will take part in a fan Q&A.
NASCAR's After the Lap celebration, which will include a Lee Brice concert and live taping of the popular Glass Case of Emotion podcast featuring driver Ryan Blaney, brings Wednesday's activities to an end.
The program will be held at The Chelsea located in The Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota VIP areas will feature appearances by NASCAR drivers as well. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vegas Strong Fund.
Highlighting the week's activities will be Thursday's black-tie affair, the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards program held at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The awards program is scheduled to get underway at 8:00pm/et. Live coverage will be provided by MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR while NBCSN coverage will begin at 9:00pm/et.
For more information on these and other Champions Week activities in Las Vegas, visit https://championsweek.nascar.com/.
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AND: NBCSN commemorates the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR Season, with complete coverage of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards, this Thursday, November 30 at 9:00pm/et. A special two-hour edition of NASCAR America kicks off the evening at 7:00pm/et, with on-site red carpet coverage from the Wynn Las Vegas, in Las Vegas.
NASCAR on NBC's Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood host Thursday evening's award ceremony honoring 2017 Monster Energy Series Champion, and driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, Martin Truex Jr. Coverage will include a special tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr., as NASCAR celebrates the final season for motorsport's most iconic driver of his era. In addition, the show will feature the announcement of the National Motorsports Press Association's Most Popular Driver award, won by Earnhardt Jr. for the past 14 years. The evening's lineup also includes a performance by Grammy Award-winning band Train.
Carolyn Manno will anchor Thursday's red-carpet edition of NASCAR America. Manno will be joined on set by NASCAR on NBC analysts Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman, from NBC Sports Group's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. NASCAR on NBC pit reporters Kelli Stavast and Marty Snider will contribute on-site from the NASCAR Awards red carpet at the Wynn Las Vegas. Highlighted by exclusive interviews with all 16 NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers, Thursday's special pre-awards edition of NASCAR America will also include interviews with NASCAR legends and the many celebrities in attendance.
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