Could Days Be Numbered For NASCAR Champion's Week In Vegas?
A NASCAR spokesperson Thursday said that it is "premature to discuss the future of Champion's Week" and whether it will remain in Las Vegas, as Charlotte and Nashville have also been "mentioned as possible sites," according to Ron Kantowski of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. This was the 10th year Las Vegas has hosted NASCAR Champion's Week, and with the city "having pulled its $400,000 sponsorship to add it" to a seven-year, $2.5M commitment to the fall playoff race, "speculation is increasing that it might not return." This year's Champion's Week has been "reduced to Champion's 48 Hours," as the "only two official events this year" were Wednesday's Myers Brothers Awards and Thursday's televised Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas. Gone were the "burnouts on the Strip and the bawdy question-and-answer session that followed known as 'After the Lap.'" Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "equally popular fanfest on Fremont Street was canceled" in '16 (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/30).