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NASCAR Cup Series Awards banquet set for Nov. 30 in Las Vegas

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This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards show will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

This will be the ninth year the show has been held in Las Vegas.

The ceremony celebrating the end of the season has previously been held on the Friday of the week following Thanksgiving.

“Awards season is a time when our entire industry, along with our passionate fan base, come together to formally crown a champion and celebrate a memorable season,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief global sales and marketing officer in a press release. “The prestige of our Awards grows each year, and with the return to Las Vegas for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards that trend promises to continue.”

The awards show will be broadcast on NBCSN.

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How Jimmie Johnson got Snoop Dogg to perform at his banquet party

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During the week leading up to December’s Cup banquet, Jimmie Johnson had two goals.

The first: Write an acceptance speech for his seventh series title.

The second: Book Snoop Dogg for a sweet invitation-only after party concert.

“I started making phone calls,” Johnson recalled Tuesday at the NASCAR Media Tour. “We had him play at the Super Skins (Celebrity Golf Classic) event Nick Lachey and I used to put on before the Super Bowl, so we had a contact there. I worked on it the whole week leading into the banquet. I had a hard time getting to him and I finally did Thursday. He got up there and blew everyone’s minds in the room.”

Fanfest canceled for this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

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The annual Fanfest on Fremont Street that is part of the NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas has been canceled for this year.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper was first to report on the event’s cancellation in Thursday’s edition.

Scheduling and logistic issues are partly cited for the reason of the cancellation, with Champion’s Week (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2) overlapping one of the biggest events held in Las Vegas each year, the National Finals Rodeo (Dec. 1 to Dec. 10).

“We anticipate a new Champion’s Week schedule, which will prevent the event (Fanfest) from taking place,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Jeff Motley told NASCAR Talk in an email.

Fanfest has served as the unofficial kickoff to NASCAR Champion’s Week for the last several years.

Other signature events associated with Champion’s Week are still expected to be held as usual, including the “Victory Lap” on the Las Vegas Strip, and the “After the Lap” Q&A session with Chase drivers at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

And, of course, the highlight of the week’s festivities is the Champion’s Awards Banquet on Dec. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

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