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Jay Mohr returns to host Sprint Cup Awards banquet

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After a one-year absence, comedian Jay Mohr is returning to host the Sprint Cup Awards banquet in Las Vegas this weekend.

Mohr, who hosts “Jay Mohr Sports” on Fox Sports Radio, will headline the NASCAR banquet for the sixth time on Friday when it airs on NBCSN.

“I am proud to be asked again to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards,” said Mohr in a press release. “Everyone associated with this organization – the owners, the staff, the racing teams, and the drivers – are of the highest caliber, and it is truly an honor to perform for all of them again. It is by far my favorite thing to do.”

The former host of “Last Comic Standing” last hosted the banquet in 2014. In his opening monologue from 2013, Mohr poked fun at Danica Patrick for her lack of on-track success in NASCAR. Patrick and boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr were not amused.

Joining Mohr in performing Friday night will be music headliner Sting, the band American Authors and singers Skylar Gray and Olivia Holt.

The banquet will be broadcast on NBCSN, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Coverage on NBCSN begins at 8 p.m. ET with a red carpet show before the banquet starts at 9 p.m. ET.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.