Entertainment Set For Cup Banquet


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A little bit of country, pop, rock and roll and comedy will equal a show chock full of entertainment when chart-topping musicians John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley and Sara Bareilles take the stage, and comedian, actor and radio personality Jay Mohr hosts this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, which will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6, will begin at 8 p.m. ET. The event will crown six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and honor the remaining top 10 drivers in the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. The event will air on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also providing coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Jay Mohr, who transcended the comedic world from a fixture on Saturday Night Live landing roles in popular films such as Jerry McGuire, Pay it Forward and Hereafter, will host this year’s event. His career in show business, which also includes hosting nationally syndicated Jay Mohr Sports and other top radio programs, spans more than three decades. Mohr is no stranger to the spotlight, making him a natural fit to showcase some of NASCAR’s most prominent stars.

“It may be just a coincidence, but I hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in 2006 when Jimmie Johnson won the first of his five straight titles,” said Mohr. “Now, I’m back again to officially crown him champion for a sixth time. I couldn’t be more thrilled to host this show again and help honor some of the best drivers – and athletes — in the world.”

To get the night started, NASCAR® fans will be treated to a special performance by John Mellencamp. With 22 top 40 hits to his credit, Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including Billboard’s Century Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, The John Steinbeck Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award over the course of his storied career.

Later in the evening, Dierks Bentley, one of contemporary country music’s biggest stars, keeps his NASCAR performance streak rolling following his act at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Bentley has forged his own artistic path by mixing elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, which has helped him maintain an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound.

Additionally, three-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles will perform a song from her fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, which features the current hit song “Brave.” She achieved initial mainstream success in 2007 with the chart-topping single “Love Song,” which was number one on Billboard’s Pop 100 list. Since then, Bareilles has sold more than one million records and more than four million singles in the United States.

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will re-air on FOX Sports 1 at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 8.