Jay Mohr’s skewering monologue stars at NASCAR banquet (VIDEO)

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Jay Mohr opened last night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Awards Ceremony with a monologue that pulled no punches, yet left the room in Las Vegas in stitches.

No one was spared, as the at times controversial 2013 season was captured in comedic genius for the better part of 14 minutes.

To open, Mohr recounted the last time he was asked to host the banquet, in 2006.

“Last time I hosted was seven years ago. Jimmie Johnson, by coincidence, was celebrating his first championship, and we were celebrating the birth of Joey Logano,” he cracked.

Moments from there included several references to the Richmond regular season finale and ensuing chaos that came of it.

“How’s that poison oak treating you?” Mohr asked Clint Bowyer, whose spin to cause the final caution flag of the race was the catalyst that sent things in motion. As a follow-up, Mohr said Bowyer will be great in marriage (he recently got engaged) because, “You’re already really good at apologizing for things you may or may not have done.”

Jeff Gordon’s addition as the 13th driver to this year’s Chase, which occurred on Friday the 13th of 2013, was also a popular topic.

“Jeff Gordon has just been added to the BCS Championship Game. I guess it will be you versus Florida State,” Mohr said, in a “breaking news” style interruption.

Further such interruptions: Gordon was “just added to the Best Picture category at the Oscars,” and later, “A 13th month has been added to the calendar. Jeff Gordon-ary. It’s right after December.”

The only particularly icy moment when Mohr noticed Danica Patrick, and offered a joke based largely on her performance this year.

“I hope you’re not too uncomfortable… I know you’re not used to being this close to the front,” he said.

Praise for Johnson, and the things he could get away with (wearing a championship ring hat at Homestead), was also offered. There were the usual Mark Martin’s old, and Joey Logano’s young jokes.

But it’s 14 minutes worth of video worth watching, because Mohr pretty much said everything you would hope for in a skewering, comedic monologue. It was a treat to watch.

Formula 1: Ricciardo nurses power unit trouble to win in Monaco

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo had dominated the Monaco Grand Prix weekend heading into Sunday, topping every practice session and laying down a lap-record 1:10.810 to secure the pole.

The race itself was also going according to plan for Ricciardo, as he got the jump off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on the start to lead into Sainte Devote.

However, on Lap 28, after the leaders all made their lone pit stops of the race, Ricciardo’s day nearly came unglued when he reported a loss of power on his RB14.

With the Red Bull team monitoring the issue, Vettel was able to close back in on Ricciardo and began stalking him for the lead.

However, Ricciardo brilliantly utilized a combination of late-braking and sustained cornering speed to keep Vettel at bay and secure his first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The victory, Ricciardo’s second of the 2018 Formula 1 season, serves as sweet redemption after a pit stop error cost him a possible victory in 2016, when he settled for second behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, meanwhile, saw his challenge hampered after a Lap 72 Virtual Safety Car for a crash between Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley – Leclerc suffered brake failure on the run up to the Nouvelle Chicane, and collected Hartley in the process.

When the VSC ended, Vettel could not get his Pirellis back up to temperature, and Ricciardo pulled away in the final laps.

While Vettel ended up second, Hamilton rounded out the podium in third, despite struggling with a graining issue on his Pirelli ultrasofts in the second half of the race. Hamilton held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also fended off Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas for fourth – the trio finished up third (Hamilton), fourth (Raikkonen), and fifth (Bottas).

Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, with Pierre Gasly coming home a strong seventh for Toro Rosso. Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth for Renault, while Max Verstappen came home ninth after starting last – Verstappen ran long on his first stint before switching to hypersofts on Lap 48. He ran the hypers all the way to the end to finish ninth.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was the final points finisher, coming home tenth for Renault.

Results are below.

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