Cup Series Awards Back in Vegas
May 6, 2013 | 11:00 A.M. EST
NASCAR has announced that the Sprint Cup Series Awards will once again be held in Las Vegas - on Friday, Dec. 6. (Photo: Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Monday that the Sprint Cup Series Awards – the annual culmination of Champion’s Week – will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at Wynn Las Vegas.
From 1981 through 2008, NASCAR held its year-end Cup Series awards show in New York City. Starting in 2009, it's been staged in Las Vegas, a destination that's triggered an entertainment evolution for the fan-favorite show.
Last year’s program featured host Howie Mandel, Train, Phillip Phillips, Lifehouse with Natasha Bedingfield and Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles' LOVE. Other entertainment acts who have performed since the move to Vegas include Reba, Kid Rock, Brooks and Dunn, David Gray, Rascal Flatts, Colbie Caillat, Martina McBride, Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil’s "Viva ELVIS" and Frank Caliendo.
"Every week, NASCAR creates the big-event experience so it’s fitting that our year-end celebration of the Sprint Cup Series champion takes place in a city built on major moments," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR's chief marketing officer. "Each year, it grows bigger, better and more entertaining for our fans. Undoubtedly, this Champion’s Week will continue – and heighten – that tradition."
"Two of the world’s most recognizable brands, NASCAR and Las Vegas, have developed a strong and successful partnership that delivers unrivaled excitement to millions of loyal fans," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "We’re proud to celebrate this milestone as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and its Champion’s Week return for the fifth year, proving that no destination matches the passion and energy of NASCAR like Las Vegas."
The full lineup of events and activities to be held during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week will be announced at a later date.