While the New York City will no longer host the season-ending awards banquet for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, today the Big Apple is playing host to the twelve drivers gunning for this year's championship. Before heading to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for this weekend's first Chase race, the twelve championship contenders are spending the day meeting with members of the media at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
With the awards banquet moving to Las Vegas, NASCAR has kept New York City in the loop by showcasing the best of the regular season in this annual media blitz. Drivers were guests on many of the early morning shows and will participate in a fan Q&A session.
As their drivers hit the town in New York City, the top-12 crew chiefs will be guests on Motor Racing Network's "NASCAR Performance Live." The show will be broadcast in front of a live audience from the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. and will be carried on MRN affliates throughout the nation beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The event is free to attend for those in the area.
Speaking of the banquet, NASCAR announced earlier this week that for the first time fans will be allowed to attend the awards cermony. The move to Las Vegas was geared towards spicing up the often-times mundane event and by allowing fans to attend the excitement and hype is only growing.
NASCAR will distribute 300 tickets to the top-12 teams, Sprint Cup Series track operators and official partners to use for various promotions. According to NASCAR's official release, fans will make up about 25% of the crowd when the banquet is held at the Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2009.
"Making tickets available provides the teams, tracks and partners a truly unique opportunity to reach out to the fans like never before,” NASCAR CMO Steve Phelps explained. “We’re looking forward to seeing creative promotions for the limited number of tickets. We’ve worked very hard over the past four months to iron out details for the awards ceremony and the fan element was top priority.”
Be sure to check back for more details on your chance to earn a ticket to one of the most historic banquets of all time.