With everything that went down this NASCAR season, you knew that comedian Jay Mohr would have plenty of material to work with during his opening monologue at last night’s 2014 Sprint Cup Awards in Las Vegas.
Still, Mohr couldn’t resist a quick callback to his most infamous moment during the 2013 ceremony, where he zinged Danica Patrick (“I hope you’re not too uncomfortable… I know you’re not used to being this close to the front”) and got some frosty stares from her and boyfriend/on-track rival Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for his trouble.
“This is my fifth time hosting the NASCAR Awards, and I have learned that the drivers – you guys have proven to me that you can really take a joke,” Mohr said before adding, “Well…You guys.”
Prior to that early juncture, Mohr had gotten rolling by cracking on the winner’s sticker given out for placement on the race car after all victories (“That’s the same reward for winning a race that my two-and-a-half year old son gets for making a potty”).
But after dropping the Danica joke last night, Mohr admitted, “That joke’s so good I’m giving myself a sticker” as he pulled one of them out of his pocket.
From there, Mohr continued on a skewering rampage with extra emphasis on subjects like: The pit issues of Joey Logano’s No. 22 team, Michael Waltrip’s run on Dancing With The Stars, Brad Keselowski’s late-season controversies, Jeff Gordon’s age, and trying to get championship runner-up Ryan Newman to smile (which ultimately was a successful mission).
There were plenty of other quips in the 20-minute monologue, which you can check out in full above.
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Damage to the plate fitted to his repaired right humerus has seen @MarcMarquez93 return to the operating room in Barcelona.
It was another successful operation for the World Champion who is now recovering in hospital.https://t.co/A3ExSDcumg
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”