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The event highlighted Day Two of Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, and proved that the 12 qualifiers for this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup can enjoy a good laugh – generally at their own expense – and the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of NASCAR fans young and old.
Only Martin Truex Jr. was willing to predict in advance that he was smarter than a group of fifth graders from Nellis Air Force Base’s Lomie Heard Elementary School. That turned out to be the wrong decision, as neither he nor Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Clint Bowyer were able to supply the correct answers to a series of questions including math problems, term lengths for U.S. Senators and the name of the line that separates the earth’s top and bottom halves.
The event was hosted by Miss Sprint Cup, Kim Coon and former Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Kevin Burke, who plies his comic trade at Fremont Street Experience’s Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino.
“We drive cars for a reason,” admitted Kevin Harvick after one incorrect response, apparently speaking for himself and his 11 colleagues.
In the end, current and former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart emerged victorious. Stewart supplied the correct answer, but only after giving Burke an opening to comment on the driver’s ample midsection.
“You’ve still got your washboard stomach,” Burke told the three-time champion. “You’re just carrying a load of laundry on it.”
Keselowski celebrated the victory by lifting the team’s fifth grader overhead, trophy-style.
Also honored on Wednesday were this year’s finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award – Ron Eby, Michael Jackson, Ali McDonough and Lorri Shealy Unumb – at an evening reception at Wynn Las Vegas. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the Award winner during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday nightPhoto: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR