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November 28, 2012

Champion's Week Underway in Las Vegas

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Kevin Harvick travels to Las Vegas this week, where he will represent Richard Childress Racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week festivities. This year’s annual awards ceremony will be held at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 30, with SPEED, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio providing live coverage, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Friday night’s star-studded event will include performances by Train, Lifehouse, Natasha Bedingfield and Phillip Phillips. Performers from The Beatles LOVE will also take the stage during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. The ceremony will be hosted by “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel and is the culmination of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week honoring the 2012 champion along with the rest of the top-10 drivers in the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week is packed with activities celebrating the 2012 season as we build excitement for the upcoming 2013 season. Included among the events is the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, the annual event where drivers and teams collect a number of year-end awards and accolades. Last year, team owner Richard Childress was awarded the Buddy Shuman Award. One of professional stock car racing's oldest and most prestigious honors, the Shuman award is presented annually by NASCAR and Federal-Mogul's Champion spark plug brand to an individual who has played an integral role in the continued success of Sprint Cup Series competition.

Below is a rundown of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week activities. In addition to many of the events streamed live on NASCAR.COM, be sure to follow @RCRRacing and @RCR29KHarvick on Twitter and check out the RCR Facebook page facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing for behind-the-scenes action.

Tuesday – Saturday, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
NASCAR Pit Stop Tour:
The Pit Stop Tour consists of Official Partner show cars featured in iconic locations throughout the Las Vegas strip from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific Time each day. Fans can get up close and personal with the cars at the following locations: Welcome to Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Blvd. (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Car); Coca-Cola Store (Coca-Cola); New York, New York (Chevrolet); Bally's; and Fashion Show.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Fanfest Presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
The fourth annual Fanfest event will again be held on Fremont Street, and begin at 2 p.m. PT, with the arrival of the top-12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. The event will consist of a red carpet walk by the 12 drivers followed by a special "game show format," on-stage event featuring the drivers and hosted by nationally-known comedian Carrot Top. Race fans will have the chance to win two tickets to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to be held two nights later at Wynn Las Vegas. Highlights from the event can be viewed on NASCAR.COM later that evening.

Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Reception:
This year’s finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be honored at a reception at Wynn Las Vegas from 6–7 p.m. PT. Following, The NASCAR Foundation will announce the award winner during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday, Nov. 30. Fans can cast their vote to determine the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting NASCAR.com/award before 11:59 p.m. ET November 29.

Thursday, Nov. 29
Chevrolet SS Race Car Unveiled at Wynn Las Vegas:

A press conference will be held, at 9:30 a.m. PT, at the Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas, to unveil the 2013 Chevrolet SS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car. The first 400 people to register at http://WWW.GMPROGRAMHQ.COM/CHEVYSSDEBUTwill be able to attend. (Must be 18 years of age or older and present valid ID at the venue.) Can't join us in Las Vegas? Fans can watch the unveiling live on the Team Chevy Facebook page and NASCAR.com.

NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon:
The annual awards luncheon and industry gathering will be held from 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m.PT, in the Encore Ballroom at Encore Las Vegas, where several team awards will be presented. Among those awards are the Champion Sponsor, Champion Crew Chief, Sunoco Rookie of the Year and NMPA Most Popular Driver awards. The event will be streamed live on NASCAR.COM.

NASCAR Victory Lap:
The green flag on fan-favorite NASCAR Victory Lap will wave at 3:30 p.m., with pre-lap festivities to begin at 3 p.m. PT, when the top-12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will parade down Las Vegas Blvd. in their race cars with engines roaring. NASCAR Victory Lap will start and finish on Las Vegas Blvd., in front of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and will feature an authentic pit stop (performed by members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program) and two burn-out sections for drivers with viewing areas along the route. The event will be broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90 and streamed live on NASCAR.COM.

NASCAR After The Lap:
One of the premier events of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week, NASCAR After the Lap will be held from 5–6:30 p.m. PT at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Fans can purchase tickets at NASCARafterthelap.com for $20 each (all proceeds benefit The NASCAR Foundation) to attend the unpredictable, unforgettable driver tell-all event featuring the top-12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. The event will be broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90 and streamed live on NASCAR.COM.

The Stewie Awards:
Following NASCAR After The Lap, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart and Matt Yocum will host the sixth annual “Stewie Awards,” a lighthearted year-in-review, which airs live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Friday, Nov. 30
2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards:
The post-season, black tie event will begin at 5 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion driver and owner will be crowned and the top-10 drivers in the final standings will be honored. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, the culmination of Champion’s Week, will feature red carpet arrivals, celebrity guests, music and entertainment. SPEED, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will provide live coverage of the event.
For additional information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, visit NASCAR.com/ChampionsWeek.

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