Jonathan Ferrey

Champion’s Week: How to see Dale Jr., NASCAR After the Lap up-close and personal

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The full Champion’s Week schedule from Nov. 28-30 is out, and sharp-eyed fans will notice a different type of event this year.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host an Appreci88ion event with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Presented by Nationwide, the evening with Junior is a special celebration of Earnhardt Jr.’s storied driving career.

Taking place at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., the event is exclusive to fans and starts at 9 p.m. local time and will feature surprise guests from Earnhardt’s career, a fitting final week for a man whose legacy includes a bevy of fans that make up Junior Nation.

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“I can’t imagine a better send-off than by spending time with people who made this career possible,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “That’s what this night in Las Vegas will be about. We’ll laugh. We’ll reminisce. We’ll be surrounded by fans. It’s the perfect finale made better in that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

Fans attending Champion’s Week also will see a retooled NASCAR After the Lap program on Wednesday, Nov. 29 (the show runs from 8-11 p.m. local time at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan). The yearly show is a fan favorite, with drivers rolling up their sleeves and letting their collective guard down. There are sure to be multiple moments that go viral on social media — maybe you’ll be in one of them.

After the Lap takes on added meaning this year with all ticket proceeds from the event benefiting the Vegas Strong Fund, which assists victims of last month’s shooting and strengthens the Las Vegas community.

This year, the fan event will feature a concert by country music star Lee Brice, along with a live, on-stage episode of the Glass Case of Emotion podcast, hosted by Ryan Blaney.

The full Champion’s Week schedule is available here. Highlights include the return of the NASCAR Fan Lounge at Beerhaus, the champions’ meet-and-greet on Tuesday where all three national series champions meet for a fan Q&A, NASCAR Victory Lap Fueled by Sunoco for some burnouts on the strip and the culmination of the week Thursday, Nov. 30, with the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards.

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