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.
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Defending champion Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s Rally Australia with a chance to clinch his sixth World Rally Championship in a row. Thierry Neuville, a runner-up four times but never a champion, hopes to change the world order.
Neuville led the series for much of the season but Ogier’s win in Britain and a second place in Spain has given the Frenchman 204 points, three ahead of Neuville, heading into the final rally of the championship.
“We are not the best friends but we are rivals and respect each other for our performances,” Neuville said Wednesday. “I’ve been second many times in the championship now, we are so close to the main goal.”
“If we need to take more risks because we need to pass Sebastien we’re going to try,” the Belgian driver added, “we’ll take the maximum risks.”
Ogier says the feeling is mutual when it comes to his main rival.
“We are different, definitely, but most important we’re in a great fight together and respect each other for that,” Ogier said. “It’s about trying to beat each other and do it with respect.”
Ott Tanak of Estonia sits 23 points behind and with 30 points for a win in Australia, and other results going his way, he could also capture the world title.
Ogier will be hoping for some Friday morning rain to settle the dust and gravel before he sets off first on what will be more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) of timed racing through forests on the New South Wales state’s north coast, about 530 kilometers (325 miles) north of Sydney.
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