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The Hendrick Motorsports driver downplayed his achievements, though, in a typically humble champion’s address at the Wynn ballroom. Johnson said he found comfort in Earnhardt’s speech after his sixth title.
“He was just as nervous up here as the rest of us are, and that built a lot of comfort up here in me tonight,” he said. “To do something only two men have done is crazy,phoenix de Luxe Belstaff, wild and humbling,Belstaff Mojave leather, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. We’re all indebted to them for their contributions to the sport, so mad respect and props to them.”
In a seven-minute speech,Belstaff Waxed Cotton jacket, Johnson hardly focused on a season in which he notched six victories, his second Daytona 500 win and a payout of $5,226,405 from title sponsor Sprint.
“This was clearly a huge year professionally, but personally it was so much more,” said Johnson, whose wife, Chandra, gave birth to their second daughter in September. “Being a parent is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life, and I love my girls so much.”
He closed with a quote from Nelson Mandela, the human rights activist and Nobel Prize winner who died Thursday.
“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does,” Johnson said. “And that’s NASCAR.”
It was a rare instance of gravitas in a mostly light-hearted affair. Many Sprint Cup drivers said the ceremony’s highlight was comedian Jay Mohr, who returned to host after a seven-year absence.
There were no sacred cows as Mohr tackled the season’s biggest controversy and skewered some of the sport’s biggest stars without mercy in a topical monologue:
–Mohr joked that a Wynn valet attendant tweeted that Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted him to park his car in victory lane, but his GPS couldn’t find it.
–There were several shots at Jeff Gordon being added as the 13th driver in this year’s Chase after the team orders scandal at Richmond International Raceway, suggesting the four-time champion would be added to the Best Picture category in the Oscars. “I have breaking news right here in my earpiece,” Mohr said. “This just in: Jeff Gordon has been added to the BCS championship game. It’s going to be Jeff against Florida State.”