Jimmie Johnson Be On The Lookout; Carrot Top Is Coming For You

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer INovember 28, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Jimmie Johnson 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion poses for a photo at the top of the Empire State Building on November 24, 2009 in New York City. Jimmie Johnson is celebrating after winning his forth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jimmie Johnson, four-time NASCAR Cup Champion, best be looking out for his next big challenge.  Comedian Carrot Top, an avid NASCAR fan, will be gunning for Johnson next in an inaugural charity event prior to the banquet in Las Vegas.

The well-known comedian will be on hand to toast and roast the Champion, as well as the eleven other Chase contenders in a charity event dubbed "Chasers for Charity Fanfest".  The day-long event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The event will begin that morning, when the gate to the Neon Garage opens at 10:00 AM.  There will be entertainment by a country group called Tabor Dame, an interview session with NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett, autograph sessions with the Sprint Cup girls, and ride-a-longs with the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

ESPN's Jamie Little will host the events for the day.  At around 2:00 PM, the Chase contenders will walk the "red carpet" of the Neon Garage.  A reception will follow, giving credentialed fans the opportunity to mix and mingle with the elite drivers of NASCAR's 2009 season, including the likes of Jeff Gordon, native Las Vegas son Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya.

The "Chasers for Charity Fanfest" will culminate in the roast, hosted by Carrot Top, which will take place in the Black Jack Club.  Admission to the reception and roast is a $250 donation which will benefit Speedway Children's Charities. 

"One of the key elements to bringing NASCAR Champion's Week to Las Vegas was creating an event for race fans," said Las Vegas Motor Speedway president Chris Powell.

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"This event will bring the drivers and the fans closer together and raise money for charity in the process," Powell continued.   "We're very appreciative of NASCAR's efforts to make this a special fan event that we hope becomes a tradition during Champion's Week."

Carrot Top is well-known for his NASCAR fandom, attending many races, as well as his zany comedy, wild props and wild inventions.  Jimmie Johnson and friends, as well as the race fans, are forewarned to come prepared to be dazzled and razzed by the comedian dubbed, "Entertainer and Comedian of the Year."

Fans interested in attending this first-ever "Chasers for Charity Fanfest" should log on to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's website at lvms.com or call them at 1-800-644-4444.


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