Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 10:57 p.m.
Who would have guessed that after hosting a meet-and-greet with fans Thursday at the D Las Vegas downtown, NASCAR star Brad Keselowski would go on to have a superstar weekend with back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday?
And all less than one month after the Michigan racecar star turned The Big 3-0 (his birthday is Feb. 12).
Hundreds of race fans lined up Thursday to meet Keselowski at Derek Stevens’ casino resort that abuts Fremont Street Experience. Afterward, Keselowski and his team enjoyed dinner at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and met the chef. (Stevens donned a lilac blazer for the occasion.)
On Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Keselowski finished ahead of odds-on favorite and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch to win the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series and then 24 hours later narrowly defeated Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his second victory at LVMS this weekend, this time the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery of NASCAR champion Keselowksi, who kept it casual in a short-sleeve white polo (from sponsor Miller Lite) with a black, long-sleeve undershirt and blue jeans, at D Las Vegas.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.