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.