Thursday, December 2, 2010

Champion's Week - Day 2

A NASCAR version of popular TV game show, “The Family Feud” held Wednesday
at Las Vegas Motor Speedwayfeatured the top 12-drivers. (
Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2010) – Survey says: Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch says…Kyle Busch.

Day 2 of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week featured a day-long fan-friendly event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dubbed “Chasers for Charity.” The highlight was a NASCAR version of the popular TV game show “The Family Feud.”

And hometown boy Kyle Busch stole the show early, correctly guessing ‘himself’ as the answer to this question: “What driver would you least like to have racing your driver for the win on the final lap?”

Hosted by comedian Kevin Burke, the top-12 drivers in the final series points standings, split into two teams, battled for survey supremacy. Through the track’s website and social media outlets, fans answered a number of questions, with the top-five answers to each put ‘on the board.’

Totaling a combined 13 series championships, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick made up one team. The other squad featured Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.

Go figure – Team Hamlin, the roster with zero NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, easily bagged the Family Feud title, 400-99.

A sampling of the questions, all of which were NASCAR-themed:
  • “Name a famous finish in NASCAR history.” (No. 1 answer: Darlington, 2003 – closest finish in history, between Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven)
  • “Which driver do most media people enjoy interviewing?” (No. 1 answer: Jeff Burton)
  • “Which NASCAR driver would be most suitable to appear on The Bachelor?” (No. 1 answer: Kasey Kahne)
  • “Name the non-Chase driver who has the best chance of making the Chase next year.” (No. 1 answer: Jamie McMurray) 
  • “Which driver from the past would you most like to drive one of your cars today?” (No. 1 answer: Dale Earnhardt)

The game show capped off a number of festivities held throughout the day.

NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kevin Conway came from behind to beat comedians Carrot Top
and Kevin Burke and San Francisco Giants centerfielder Aaron Rowand during Wednesday’s celebrity
go-kart race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
(Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Earlier, the track held a celebrity go-kart race featuring Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kevin Conway, comedians Carrot Top and Kevin Burke and San Francisco Giants centerfielder Aaron Rowand. Predictably, Conway – the ringer of the group – won.

Some of the other activities held in the track’s famed Neon Garage: live music, autograph sessions and a question and answer session with SPEED personalities Krista Voda and Larry McReynolds.

Additionally, the Richard Petty Experience offered rides around the track and charity memorabilia auctions were held throughout the day, with proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charities.

For the second-consecutive year, Las Vegas hosts the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week, culminating with Friday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.
SPEED, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio will broadcast the event, live at 9 p.m. ET.

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