Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 | 10:02 p.m.
NASCAR wrapped up its exciting 2012 season with the annual Champion’s Week in Las Vegas and the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn on Friday honoring first-time winner Brad Keselowski in an event broadcast live on Speed TV.
Hitting the red carpet on Friday afternoon: host Howie Mandel (“America’s Got Talent”), performers Train, “The Beatles Love” by Cirque du Soleil, Season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield and sports VIPs and stars Keselowski, parents Bob and Kay Keselowski, Robin Meade, Johnny Damon, Jeff Gordon with wife Ingrid Vandebosch, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and wife Delana, Matt Kenseth and wife Katie, Denny Hamlin with girlfriend Jordan Fish, Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra, Clint Bowyer with girlfriend Lorra Podsiadlo, Roger Penske, Mike Helton and Brian and Amy France.
Be sure to also check out our coverage of the Fan Fest sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday afternoon and the Victory Lap featuring the year’s Top 12 drivers that temporarily shut down the Strip on Thursday afternoon and where MGM headliner magician David Copperfield shouted four of the most famous words in NASCAR: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
Keselowski and friends celebrated after the awards at nearby Surrender Nightclub in the Encore. Donoghue also was onsite for photo galleries from Fan Fest and the Victory Lap.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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