NASCAR: Nobody was safe in Jay Mohr’s Sprint Cup Awards monologue (VIDEO)

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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.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.