Jay Mohr back to host this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards; Aloe Blacc, Lady Antebellum among performers

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A familiar face will be back to host this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards in Las Vegas.

Comedian/actor/radio host Jay Mohr, who’s still remembered fondly for opening last year’s celebration with a blisteringly funny monologue, will return as host for a second consecutive year.

“This is my fifth time hosting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and I’m honored to share the stage once again with some of the most talented athletes in the world,” said Mohr in a NASCAR release. “This has been an incredibly exciting year for NASCAR and it’s not every day that you get to be a part of a defining moment in the history of a sport.”

Additionally, soul/R&B star Aloe Blacc and country mega-group Lady Antebellum will be part of the night’s musical entertainment; Blacc, who also performed at the Daytona 500 back in February, is scheduled to be the night’s first performer, with Lady A coming on later in the evening.

Also set to take the stage are young sister act Lennon and Maisy from the hit TV show “Nashville.”

Said NASCAR veep of entertainment marketing/content development Zane Stoddard: “The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards present the opportunity to spotlight the biggest names in NASCAR, and we are thrilled to augment that star power with some of the most popular personalities in the entertainment industry. This year’s line-up is sure to add to what has been one of NASCAR’s most climactic racing seasons ever.”

The ceremony will take place at the Wynn Las Vegas on Dec. 5, with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and the Motor Racing Network starting coverage that night at 8 p.m. ET before the TV broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET (check your local listings). Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick and the rest of the Chase contenders will be honored.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).