Banquet Heading To Vegas

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series annual Awards Banquet may be headed to Las Vegas this year according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The newspaper reported on Friday that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reached an agreement in principle to bring the annual banquet from New York to Vegas this December.

The ceremony has been held in New York for the last 27 years.

“Obviously New York is very convenient from a logistical standpoint," said Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevolet. "At the end of the day our banquet needs some life injected into it. It needs fan involvement, it needs a fresh look with new ideas. The country music awards and those kinds of things where the fans are involved and are right there -- that’s what we need. We need something new and exciting."

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said nothing has been finalized about this year's plans for the annual awards ceremony.

The newspaper's report indicated Las Vegas is pursuing a three- to five-year deal and pay between $500,000 and $1 million annually.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, would love to have the banquet in his banquet in his hometown.

"I look forward to it if it happens," Busch said. "New York is a good place for it. We always like going to New York, I know the girlfriends love going there for the shopping and getting Christmas stuff out of the way. Vegas will be a little bit different in that respect but at least the weather might be a little warmer."

NASCAR would select the actual venue of the ceremony, presumably somewhere on the Strip.

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