TOURING & WEEKLY SERIES CHAMPIONS' WEEK
SET TO KICK OFF IN CHARLOTTE
the culmination of the NASCAR season looming at the end of the week,
track promoters, drivers and officials are preparing to
descend on Charlotte, N.C., for the celebration of the outstanding
achievements in 2010.
Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., will be in the spotlight Friday,
Dec. 10 at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet,
where he will be officially presented with the championship trophy
for his first national title.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards
Gala will bring together the series champions and top drivers from
all seven of the NASCAR regional touring series.
The banquets will be held for the first time at the Charlotte
Convention Center's Crown Ballroom adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of
Fans throughout the U.S. and Canada, and around the globe, will
again be able to watch the festivities from both nights via a live
nascarhometracks.com. The Red Carpet Pre-Show begins at 6
p.m. and the banquets get underway at 7 p.m. each night.
Before the banquets, though, the drivers and track representatives
will take part in a schedule of special activities in the Charlotte
area, including a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The week also includes:
∑ The annual Champions Dinner Tuesday night, which includes the
presentation of the championship helmets to each of the touring
series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national
∑ The 3rd Annual Champions/Media Karting Showdown at Victory Lane
Indoor Karting on Wednesday. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion
Ryan Truex will attempt to defend his karting crown against the
other NASCAR touring and weekly series champions as well as members
of the media.
∑ In addition to their annual business meeting Thursday, track
operators will be treated to a tour of Joe Gibbs Racing and a Dinner
Cruise on Lake Norman. Also on Thursday, the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series U.S. state and Canadian provincial champions
will be recognized at a dinner at Hendrick Motorsports.
∑ Friday the spotlight is on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,
both with the Grand Champions Awards in the morning, and the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet that night.
∑ NASCARís touring series will take center stage on Saturday with
its Grand Champions Awards in the morning and the NASCAR Touring
Series Awards Gala in the evening.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet will feature
the top drivers from NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks across the
United States and Canada. Invited attendees will include the 2010
NASCAR national champion, U.S. state and Canadian provincial
champions, track champions, the national/state/provincial rookies of
the year, top NASCAR Finalist Recognition Program honorees, the 2010
Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner and many others.
The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala will include
invitees from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the NASCAR K&N Pro
Series West, the NASCAR Mexico Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and the NASCAR
Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
In addition to the new NASCAR Hall of Fame complex, the region is
the home of the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord,
N.C., as well as a majority of todayís NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,
NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The Westin Charlotte will be the host hotel for both awards
Source: Jason Christley / NASCAR