Nashville will host its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards banquet tonight at the Music City Center.
After media events and performing burnouts with their cars on lower Broadway, between 5th and 1st avenue on Wednesday, the playoff drivers will be celebrated on Thursday with the night ending by honoring 2019 series champion Kyle Busch.
Motor Racing Network will have coverage of the Awards banquet starting at 7 p.m. ET. Jeff Striegle and Alex Hayden will co-host MRN’s coverage.
The National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver Award will be announced at the banquet along with the winner of the ninth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $100,000 to the charity represented by the award winner and $25,000 to each of the other three finalists’ charities.
Prior to tonight, Busch has already had a busy week in Nashville that included winning the WWE 24/7 championship on Monday Night Raw only to lose it later when wrestler R-Truth claimed it back. Busch also took photos with his family and the trophy around Nashville and attended "NASCAR Night at the Opry" at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
"It’s been a lot of fun this week," Busch said. "It been really, really cool. Just enjoying…having some family time, down time not being at the racetrack. Just being able to let loose and have some fun."
Martin Truex Jr., who finished second in the standings for the second consecutive season after claiming the title in 2017, is also enjoying his time in Nashville.
"Nashville is a fun place and I’m a big country music fan," Truex Jr. said. "I think country and NASCAR go together pretty well so it’s cool to be here and have our first Champion’s Week in Nashville."