NASCAR News for Friday, April 24, 2009

Awards Ceremony Moved To Las Vegas

NASCAR announced on Thursday that the end of season awards ceremony will be held in Las Vegas this year, after holding the event in New York City for 17 years. The move was cited as being more flexible for driver and fan events. The awards ceremony will still feature the “victory lap” procession with the top ten drivers.

“I can’t say enough about the warm reception from Las Vegas,” said NASCAR CEO Brian France. “Las Vegas really made it a priority to get the awards ceremony moved there. We were able to come to an agreement on reasonable room blocks, banquet facilities and approvals to hold fan activities on the famous Las Vegas strip.”

The Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will hold their postseason events at Loews Miami Beach this November.

HT Motorsports Trucks To Carry “Autism Speaks” Paint Schemes At Kansas

HT Motorsports, owner of the No. 24 and No. 25 Toyotas in the Camping World Truck Series driven by David Starr and Terry Cook respectively, will have “Autism Speaks” paint schemes on their trucks for the coming O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

HT owner Jim Harris has a grandchild with autism, and Cook’s son has autism as well. April is Autism Awareness Month.

“During Autism Awareness Month, I encourage everyone who has a child or knows someone with a child to take a few minutes to learn more about autism,” said Cook. “This is something that hit close to home with Amy and me when our son, Cody, was diagnosed at 18 months of age. We learned that 1 out of 150 kids is now diagnosed with autism, and that early intervention is the key to helping a child meet his potential.”

For more information, log onto www.autismspeaks.org.

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