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NASCAR Champion's Week hits the Vegas strip

2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson poses with the trophy in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas on Wednesday to kick off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson poses with the trophy in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas on Wednesday to kick off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR"S Champion's Week festivities were held in Las Vegas for the first time ever today. The previous 28 Champion's Week events were held in New York City.

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson
Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

But New York wasn't left out entirely. Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his crew took part in the traditional Landmark Photo Shoot, which hit a number of famous spots along the Las Vegas Strip, including a replica of the New York City skyline that makes up the New York New York Hotel & Casino.

Johnson and Crew Chief Chad Knaus also had photos taken in front of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign at the very end of the strip, where they met with fans and signed autographs.

After the photo shoot Johnson and all 12 of his fellow Chase competitiors headed to Las Vegas Speedway, where Johnson was on the hot seat as the guest of honor at a Charity Roast. 

“Jimmie has gotten a lot better looking. As a kid he was ugly. He was so ugly that he had to trick-or-treat by telephone,” said Hendrick Motorsports teammate and 2009 championship runner-up Mark Martin.

Day four of Champion's Week tomorrow will include the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards event from 1-2:45 p.m. PT in the Venetian Showroom at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Johnson will be joined by the rest of the top 12 drivers in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, plus Raybestos Rookie of the Year Joey Logano and other annual award winners.

Race fans will also get to see Johnson and fellow Chase drivers participate in a Victory Lap parade in their show cars on Las Vegas Boulevard – the city’s legendary “Strip” – beginning at 3:15 p.m. PT at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton, will drop the green flag to start the event.

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