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.