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Celebrating A Sprint Cup Champion…Vegas Style (Part One)

Posted by Amy in NASCAR

Misty and I have been attending NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Champion’s Week celebrations since they started having them in Vegas. I can NOT encourage you to go enough if you can at all swing it! Attend Champion’s Week! Seriously. It’s one of my favorite events of the year!

The fan events usually start with Fan Fest- which is usually held on Wednesday.  They started out having fan fest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the infield. I loved it there because I enjoyed being at the track when it was “quiet” and I loved watching the fighters from Nellis Air Force Base fly around as we waiting for the red carpet event. Eventually they moved it out to the Fremont Street Experience – since the speedway is off strip quite a ways. Unfortunately it’s usually cold under the awning that covers over Fremont Street and this year was no exception. I was certain there would be less fans- because it was COLD and I mean COLD.  I must have momentarily forgotten the tenacity of my fellow NASCAR fans (after all I was out there in the cold wasn’t I? And my driver wasn’t even there). Here are some of the sights from Fan Fest this season:

Ryan Newman's Show Car

Ryan Newman’s show car on Fremont Street in Las Vegas for Fan Fest one of many fan centric events that are a part of NASCAR Champion’s Week. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Pit Boss entertains the fans

Las Vegas Motor Speedway mascot Pit Boss entertains fans who line the red carpet at NASCAR Champions Week Fan Fest on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Ryan Newman walks the red carpet

Driver Ryan Newman walks the red carpet at Fan Fest, signing autographs for NASCAR fans. (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

Kevin Harvick walks the red carpet

Kevin Harvick walks the red carpet at Fan Fest and signs autographs for fans. (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

Greg Biffle on the red carpet

Greg Biffle on the red carpet signing autographs for fans at Fan Fest in Las Vegas (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Next fan event happened on Thursday- which coincidentally was also outside and on a day that was colder than fan fest. That event was the NASCAR Champion’s Week Victory Lap…where every year Las Vegas Blvd (aka The Strip) is shut down so that the chase field can drive their cars down the the Strip in front of fans – all doing burn outs at strategic locations along the way.  Again, hearty NASCAR fans staked out their positions along the route hours in advance to watch the show:

The Pit Crew of the Year - the #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 pit crew- deemed pit crew of the year at the Myer’s Brother luncheon earlier in the day- throw hats to fans watching driver introductions at NASCAR’s Champion’s Week Victory Lap in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr- Rookie Of The Year

Rickie Stenhouse Jr. – the 2013 Rookie of the Year onstage prior to the Victory Lap in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

Carl Edwards during driver introductions at The Victory Lap

Carl Edwards onstage during “Driver Introductions” for NASCAR Champion’s Week Victory Lap in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

Introducing Jimmie Johnson- 6 Time Champion

Introducing Jimmie Johnson- 6 time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion before he heads the Victory Lap. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

The 2013 NASCAR Chase Drivers

The NASCAR 2013 Chase Drivers onstage prior to the Victory Lap. (Photo Credit: Amy K Marbach)

Making their way to the cars

Joey Logano shares a laugh with Kyle Busch as they make their way to their cars for The Victory Lap down Las Vegas Blvd. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Jeff Gordon climbs into the 24

Jeff Gordon climbs into his #24 Chevy for The Victory Lap down Las Vegas Blvd. (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

Kevin Harvick in car

Kevin Harvick sits in his #29 Chevy waiting to start The NASCAR Victory Lap down Las Vegas Blvd. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of Celebrating A Sprint Cup Champion… Vegas Style where we will take about After The Lap- THE best of the fan events.

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