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COULD IT BE TIME FOR A CHANGE FOR NASCAR'S SEASON-END PARTY?
Published December 6, 1999
NASCAR held its annual Winston Cup Awards banquet in N.Y. on Friday night. Dale Jarrett was honored as the '99 Winston Cup points champ and Home Depot won the "NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award." In thanking his sponsors, second-place points finisher Bobby Labonte pulled out an Action Performance die-cast model of his No. 18 car so he wouldn't forget any of his team partners ("NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet," ESPN, 12/3). In Charlotte, David Poole wrote on the awards banquet and called it "all a little bit unreal ... and that's not altogether a good thing." Poole wrote that the "whole thing comes off canned," and recommended putting some "sense of celebration" back into the ceremony by moving it from a N.Y. hotel to an arena and "then sell seats around that floor to fans" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/5). In Raleigh, Barry Svrluga wrote on NASCAR's celebration weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria. Svrluga: "Everyone you meet, nearly everyone you see, is white. ... This is just an observation. Observe NASCAR, and you're observing white folks." Svrluga wrote that banquet host Mike Tirico and the Harlem Boys Choir at the event were a "few token gestures" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 12/5). NASCAR HITS THE BIG APPLE: NASCAR officials took "over" the NYSE on Thursday, as President Bill France "waved a checkered flag as trading finished," and Jarrett rang the closing bell (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/6).