After the success of last springâs huge NFL
Draft that brought hundreds of thousands of football fans to downtown
Nashville, NASCAR has decided to get into the game by bringing their annual Championâs
Week celebration to Music City December 3-5. After ten years in
Vegas and decades of history visiting the Big Apple before that, the racing
organization has chosen Nashville as the next site for their biggest
celebration of the year. Theyâll officially crown the 2019 Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series Champion at a gala awards ceremony at the Music CIty Center
on Thursday night, December 5, but thatâs just part of the festivities that
will be taking place downtown over the course of the three-day celebration.
Championâs Week waves the green flag in a uniquely Nashville way Wednesday night with NASCAR Night at the Opry in the venerable Ryman Auditorium. Rascal Flatts will headline a bill of country music performers which will also feature appearances by some of the winningest drivers of the year. Throughout the three days of activities, various drivers and other NASCAR personalities will hold autograph sessions to offer the chance for their fans to interact with the stars. These signing events will take place at the NASCAR Fan Fest which will be set up at the base of Broadway next to the Cumberland River.
In an event that will turn up the volume on
the already raucous Lower Broad strip, all sixteen of the 2019 Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers will participate in what organizers are
calling Burnouts on Broadway. The drivers will jump in
their cars and lay some rubber on the streets of downtown while putting off
billowing clouds of smoke from their shredding tires in the traditional
celebration ritual of NASCAR race winners. The tires will squeal beginning at
6:00 Wednesday night, December 4 and continue until theyâre running on their
The Playoff Series driversâ cars will also be on display throughout the week at Fan Fest offering the opportunity for racing aficionados to get up and personal with the powerful machines and experience all sorts of multimedia exhibits and what they are calling âamplified social media engagement.â That means you can take a selfie in front of Martin Truexâs Toyota and share it with all your jealous friends!
Fans will get to see their favorite drivers
dressed to the nines as they walk the red carpet before the big awards ceremony
on Thursday night. As Ricky Bobby demonstrated in âTalladega Nights,â drivers
usually have some âsmokinâ hot wives,â so there will be plenty of eye candy for
both makle and female fans. NBC Sports Network will televise the gala awards
ceremony, but fans can watch them live and in person by purchasing a NASCAR Championâs Week Fan Package for $450 or
an upgraded VIP experience for a hundred bucks more.
In addition to honoring the 16 playoff
finalists and crowning the 2019 champion, the awards ceremony will also reveal
the winner of the coveted Most Popular Driver award voted on by the fans of the
sport. Chase Elliott won the award last year after almost three decades of the
category being dominated by popular drivers Bill Elliott (Chaseâs dad) and Dale
Earnhardt Jr. Voting on the NASCAR website will remain open
until December 4, so you can still help to choose this yearâs winner.
One thing is for certain, itâs gonna be fast
and loud on Lower Broad come this December. (Actually, thatâs true most