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Drivers trade zingers at 'Newlywed Game' event

December 01, 2011, Official Release, NASCAR.com



Drivers trade zingers at 'Newlywed Game' event

Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman won Wednesday's This Ain't the Newlywed Game, a riff on the television original hosted by Bob Eubanks. Stewart and Newman edged the team of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch by most accurately recalling the estimated attendance of March's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

There were other activities, as well, as Champion's Week rolled into its second day working toward Friday night's awards banquet at Wynn Las Vegas, a signature event that will feature same day coverage (9 p.m. ET) by SPEED, SiriusXM Radio and MRN Radio.

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Tony Stewart is a winner again, only this time he needed teammate and "partner" Ryan Newman's help to win NASCAR's version of "The Newlywed Game."

Travis Pastrana sat for a featured one-on-one interview during Wednesday's second and final day of the Motorsports Marketing Forum at Caesars Palace. Pastrana noted his recovery process from a broken ankle, which delayed his Nationwide Series career, saying, "I actually became a bigger fan and feel like I learned a lot by watching on television."

Pastrana said the biggest challenge he faces in 2012 is working with crew chief and crew to make the optimum adjustments. "In Rally, if you want to make up time, you can take chances to jump up further," he said. "In NASCAR, you really have to not only know what the car is doing, but how to relate that."

The Newlywed Game-style event, held on downtown Las Vegas' historic Fremont Street Experience, drew several thousand fans. Some carried signs welcoming their favorite drivers.

The game had a myriad of humorous moments -- some broad, others ribald -- and in some cases more resembled a roast of the top 12 finishers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Stewart got in the final zinger to his teammate's incorrect answer that he would be the driver the champion most likely would bump out of the way on the final lap to win the race.

"I figured you'd pick me," said a disappointed Newman. Stewart thought Newman's answer would've been "Brian Vickers."

Carl Edwards said Roush Fenway Racing partner Matt Kenseth would be a better driver "if he didn't qualify in the back." Kenseth responded, "Are you kidding me? I beat Ryan Newman for poles this year." Actually, they both won three poles during the 2011 season.

Kenseth set up Eubanks by telling Edwards his most annoying habit was always being late. Eubanks said, "Even late crossing the finish line" in reference to Edwards' second-place finish to Stewart in the championship deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"This could be the end of my career," Eubanks said. "I'm not sure I'll ever do it again but it's been fun."

* Video: Relive the Newlywed fun from Vegas

Thursday is the longest day of Champion's Week with the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, NASCAR Victory Lap and NASCAR After the Lap on the schedule. Details can be found below:

-- NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: Beginning at 2 p.m. ET in the Bellagio Ballroom at the Bellagio, this annual industry/media gathering includes the presentation of awards to the champion crew chief (Darian Grubb), champion sponsor (Office Depot and Mobil 1), Sunoco rookie of the year (Andy Lally) and most popular driver (to be announced). Co-hosted by NASCAR and the National Motor Sports Press Association, fans can attend this exclusive event for the second-consecutive year. Fans can watch the event on NASCAR.COM via this link: http://www.nascar.com/Myers_Brothers_Luncheon.

-- NASCAR Victory Lap: Set for 6 p.m. ET, the fan-favorite NASCAR Victory Lap will feature the top 12 drivers parading -- with engines growling -- down the famed Las Vegas Strip in their teams' respective race cars. NASCAR Victory Lap will feature an authentic pit stop along the route and two burn-out sections for drivers. NASCAR Victory Lap will start in front of Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard and end at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Fans can watch the event on NASCAR.COM via this link: http://www.nascar.com/Victory_Lap. NASCAR.COM will be inside championship runner-up Carl Edwards' car, giving viewers a first-hand look at the excitement.

-- Coca-Cola Fan Zone: Fans can get a front-row seat for the conclusion of NASCAR Victory Lap at the Coca-Cola Fan Zone, a free event located at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, the Coca-Cola Fan Zone offers interactive displays from The Sprint Experience, Game Show Network, Ford, Coca-Cola, and is a prelude to NASCAR After the Lap.

-- NASCAR After the Lap: Starting at 7:15 p.m. ET, NASCAR After The Lap is one of the highlights of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week. Tickets for the third-annual event will be available for purchase at www.NASCARAfterTheLap.com for $20 each, with proceeds benefiting the NASCAR Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises funds that support children's charities and important causes throughout the nation. Sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and Coca-Cola, the event is renowned for its unfiltered, "tell-all" format featuring the 2011 top-12 Cup Series drivers. Fans can watch the event on NASCAR.COM via this link: http://www.nascar.com/After_The_Lap.

-- The fifth annual Stewie Awards: A Champion's Week tradition, 2011 Cup champion Tony Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum return to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 5th Annual Stewie Awards, broadcast live on the SiriusXM Channel 90 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The annual highlight of NASCAR Champion's Week honors the best, boldest and funniest moments from the NASCAR season. Here's the link for the list of awards: http://www.siriusxm.com/stewieawards.

For more information on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony and NASCAR Champion's Week, click here. For photo images from Champion's Week, including more from This Ain't the Newlywed Game, click below.