Earlier today at the ESPN Zone in Las Vegas, NV, Nationwide Series rookies Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Colin Braun took home the Rookie of the Year Cook Off golden spatulas.
Their award-winning mac'n'cheese was decided by about 20 children from area Las Vegas Boys and Girls Clubs.
The duo, who called themselves “Le Chef Dum Dums” (because they gave out Dum Dum lollipops) beat out other Nationwide rookies Brian Scott and James Buescher (“Team Cooking Cavaliers”) and Sprint Cup rookies Terry Cook and Kevin Conway (“Team Cook-E-Monsters”).
Scott and Buescher made a chicken alfredo dish while Cook and Conway made a penne in meat sauce dish.
Each team was joined by a chef from the ESPN Zone and the event was moderated by MRN Radio's Steve Post, who asked the drivers questions when the children had none.
The event was filled with laughter and fun, especially from the drivers themselves.
Cook asked the other drivers what they do when they have to go to the bathroom during the race and Braun poked fun at Post for having a pink camera.
The first question from the children was “what was the worst thing you did on national television?”
Scott answered about the time he wrecked under caution at Daytona and Cook mentioned he saw a driver picking his nose (but wouldn't name names!).
Danica-mania took over when a little girl asked about the percentage of women in racing. Scott said he didn't know but more women should come and the girl said rides dirt bikes and plans on it. It was a great moment!
When asked if they had any other jobs besides racing in their lives, Conway mentioned he previously drove for the Richard Petty Driving Experience for eight years to earn money.
After the kids voted on their favorite dish, they, along with the drivers, received free game cards to play in the arcade. As the kids raced on the Daytona arcade game, they had their very own crew chiefs!
The event was a success and everyone left with smiles on their faces.
This is the fifth year this event was held at the New York New York Hotel and Casino restaurant. Last year, participants included Joey Logano and Scott Speed.
Photo Courtesy: Farrah Kaye