The Vegas Planning Gods were screwing with us this year!! The PBR is earlier, the NFR is later and that confused NASCAR fans with the annual NASCAR Awards show as well as the always popular Victory Lap down the Las Vegas Strip!
This year, the entire event has been downsized and made more compact. Not sure if its the sponsors are getting more restrictive or the drivers getting too anxious to get on their winter vacation. Whatever the reason, the amount of fan interaction with the drivers has been dramatically reduced and the number of events cut way back as well. But at least the burnouts are still happening!
The entire Champions Week schedule of events can literally fit on a normal sized sheet of paper. NASCAR Champs Week link
Our main focus will be the Victory Lap and the Awards
NASCAR Victory Lap™ Fueled by Sunoco
LOCATION: Las Vegas Blvd /Toshiba Plaza at T-Mobile Arena
DATE: Wednesday, November 29th
TIME: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM PST
If you plan to be here in Las Vegas for the burnouts, get your spot on the Strip early. I mean really early. Arriving by noon is considered late!! The die-hard fans will be camping out along the famed boulevard for hours to get the best vantage points.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards
LOCATION: Wynn Las Vegas
DATE: Thursday, November 30th
TIME: Red Carpet – 4:00PM PST
Awards – 5:00 PM PST
Broadcast live on SiriusXM and MRN
Broadcast on NBCSN, 9:00PM EST/ 6:00PM PST
The awards are the toughest one because all the drivers get cleaned up, shaved and wear real suits with ties. You need a media guide to know who is who. Plus walking the Red Carpet, often with their significant others who are equally if not more stunningly dressed for the occasion. It’s almost like the academy awards but with real people, you care about.
Here is the video I shot last year. I was in my spot by 12:30 and the friends we made from 2015 were already there, holding the corner down with snacks and drinks… I love NASCAR fans!