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Fanfest canceled for this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

NASCAR Fanfest Presented By Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 28: Drivers participate on stage in a version of the game “Are you Smarter then a Fifth Grader?” during NASCAR Fanfest presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Fremont Street Experience on November 28, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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The annual Fanfest on Fremont Street that is part of the NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas has been canceled for this year.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper was first to report on the event’s cancellation in Thursday’s edition.

Scheduling and logistic issues are partly cited for the reason of the cancellation, with Champion’s Week (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2) overlapping one of the biggest events held in Las Vegas each year, the National Finals Rodeo (Dec. 1 to Dec. 10).

“We anticipate a new Champion’s Week schedule, which will prevent the event (Fanfest) from taking place,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Jeff Motley told NASCAR Talk in an email.

Fanfest has served as the unofficial kickoff to NASCAR Champion’s Week for the last several years.

Other signature events associated with Champion’s Week are still expected to be held as usual, including the “Victory Lap” on the Las Vegas Strip, and the “After the Lap” Q&A session with Chase drivers at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

And, of course, the highlight of the week’s festivities is the Champion’s Awards Banquet on Dec. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

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