Jay Mohr was back to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards for his sixth time Friday night in Las Vegas and he came prepared with a fresh monologue.
After Sting opened the show with a performance, Mohr welcomed everyone to what the drivers call “the annual Jimmie Johnson Las Vegas hoedown.” Mohr then took on everyone from Tony Stewart to Jeff Gordon and Chase Elliott. Of course, he even poked fun at himself.
Here are some of Mohr’s best jokes while the entire opening segment can be seen above:
On Brian Scott: “Biggest story this season in NASCAR, in my opinion, was the retirement of a NASCAR icon, a superstar, a NASCAR legend. Brian Scott.”
On Tony Stewart’s dune buggy accident: “How did it take two hours to find Tony Stewart? … Kevin Harvick‘s pit crew could have gotten to him in like an hour and 20 minutes tops.”
On Jeff Gordon: “Everyone likes Jeff’s work on TV, except, well Chase Elliott does not like it because when he watches the races after the fact, he doesn’t like the fact that when the 24 car goes by, Jeff Gordon goes, ‘Wow, there’s me but slower.'”
More on Jeff Gordon: “By the way, Jeff hosted Saturday Night Live. I was on Saturday Night Live for three years and he was in more sketches than me.”
On Chase Elliott: “I saw Chase Elliott backstage. I owe him an apology because I didn’t say hi. I thought he was Fred Savage from The Wonder Years.”
On Joey Logano: “You finished first at Talladega, which is amazing. Your jack finished 12th.”
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?
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.
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?
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.