Remembering NASCAR’s New York Run

In between Daytona Beach and Las Vegas, annual awards were held at the Waldorf-Astoria.

We believe it. For an article revisiting the years that NASCAR held its annual awards banquet in New York, senior writer Kenny Bruce collected the following quote:

“It was unbelievable, the difference between the two [venues],” three-time series champ Darrell Waltrip told earlier this week when asked about the move from Daytona Beach, Fla. to New York City.

Waltrip, now a race analyst for FOX Sports, was the first champion to be honored in the Big Apple when he captured the 1981 title. Two years earlier, he had finished second.

The move occurred in 1981 and lasted through 2008. Since 2009, NASCAR’s awards celebration has been held at the Wynn Las Vegas and now encompasses a full week of related activities.

Among the pluses of the event’s new, extended Vegas home: the ability to do burnouts on Las Vegas Blvd.; the lack of snow; and the fact that commuting to the host hotel from six blocks away does not take 45 minutes during the height of holiday season. Bruce also spoke to Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson about the New York years. Read the rest here.

[Photo via: @AllWaltrip]