NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet to Be Moved From New York

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IApril 3, 2009

The season-ending awards banquet has a new home following the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Las Vegas.

NASCAR has reached an agreement with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to bring the banquet to the Strip in Las Vegas, moving from New York City, where it had been held the last 27 years.

The banquet will be held the first week of December, most likely on Dec. 4, and the LVCVA will pay NASCAR about $500,000 to $1 million to host it.

Although nothing has been finalized, there is an agreement in place.

The banquet is held each year to officially crown the season-ending champion and give the top 10 finishers of the 12 in the Chase, the chance to get on stage and thank the necessary people for their successful season.

New York has held the event and has had a "Champions Week" with the Series Champion making various appearance during the week and doing various photo shoots that lead up to the banquet,

The 2008 Champions Week was the first time that NASCAR did not have the "Victory Lap" in which the 12 Chase drivers would take their cars for a lap around the City of Manhattan.

Their were complaints of traffic back-up, so the event was cancelled.

No word on what events will take place in Las Vegas.