Author Janet Evanovich Wins 2008 Sprint Cup Celebrity Chase Tracker Title

Horn FanSenior Writer INovember 22, 2008

Best-selling author Janet Evanovich beat Chef Mario Batali by 57 points to win the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Celebrity Chase Tracker Title.

Evanovich started writing romances and after 12 books moved into the mystery genre. She now writes the Stephanie Plum series, Alex Barnaby series, co-authors a series with Charlotte Hughes, and all her romance books are currently be re-issued.

Evanovich's win was the largest margin in the history of the third annual event. NASCAR is her favorite sport; she likes Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; and she earned most of her points from picking Johnson.

She predicted Johnson to be leading the Chase standings from weeks three to 10 for 62 of her 167 points; and she got another 10 points for his Martinsville and Phoenix victories.

Evanovich, plus six other participants predicted Johnson's three-peat, six other picked Kyle Busch; and four picked Carl Edwards as the 2008 Champion.

Seventeen celebrities and sports personalities participated in the third NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase tracker.

Here is this year's list of personalities, including both Evanovich and Batali. You had:

Actor Tobin Bell

Model/Actress Patricia Kara

Country Songwriter Brandon Kinney

Reality Show Star Khloe Kardashian

Philadephia Flyers center Jeff Carter

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley

EMG Recording Artists Dirty Heads

Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer Steve Johnson

San Francisco 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan

Former New Yankee Mickey Rivers

Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. I like both her Stephanie Plum Series and her newer Alex Barnaby Series. She'll get you hooked with her hilarious sense of humor, so beware reading Stephanie Plum in public.

You'll be laughing your head off between Stephanie's attempts at being a bounty hunter, when will her vehicle blow-up, what's Grandma Mazur up to, or Lula's outrageous outfits. It's all good.

Now with Christmas right around the corner, if you have a avid reader on your list and they haven't read Janet Evanovich, then her Stephanie Plum and Alex Barnaby Series will make a great present for them.