Jimmie Johnson was celebrated last night at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The racer picked up his sixth series championship at the high profile event. Johnson thanked his crew chief Chad Knaus for pushing him to be better, acknowledging the personal and professional bond they have developed over the past 12 years.
Kyle Busch, who finished fourth, welcomed the crowd to his hometown of Las Vegas. He told the group, “I’ve missed being up on this stage and being able to talk for the last couple of years. Even though I was gone for a while, not much has changed. Jimmie and Chad win the championship. Dale Jr. wins most popular driver.”
Earnhardt won the NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the 11th straight year, breaking a tie with Bill Elliott for the most consecutive years as winner of the annual fan vote. Elliott is still the all-time record-holder with 16 Most Popular Driver wins.
Among the Top 10 drivers who were recognized during the evening: Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch.
Winning the 2013 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Among the other contenders was his girlfriend Danica Patrick.
Check out red carpet gallery close-ups of each couple below: