The Scoop From Las Vegas
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series champions Philip Morris, Joe Kosiski, Mark Bliss and Woody Pitkat enjoyed the first official functions of their big weekend in Las Vegas, beginning with an invitational golf outing on Thursday morning.
page book, written by NASCAR Senior Editor Paul Schaefer, includes dozens of memorable photos and recounts the full history of the series. Each chapter highlights the national champions of each year and many other notable racing personalities. Banquet guests received complimentary copies of the keepsake book and it is available now for purchase at

Crew members and mechanics share spotlight … Saturday’s event isn’t just for drivers. NASCAR and its sponsors recognize many others who play important roles for their teams. Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, presents the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year awards. This year’s top honorees in that contest – decided by a vote of NASCAR members – include Cliff Lawrence, of Kansas City, Kan., Wilmer Weiss, of Hamburg, Pa., Harold Burton, of Riverhead, N.Y. and Howard Deitz, of Westminster, Vt.

Lunati will recognize the crew chiefs who led Morris, Kosiski, Bliss and Pitkat to their championships. Nathalie, Va.’s Neil Perkins, Morris’ crew chief, will receive $3,900 for the Lunati national champion crew chief award.
Afterwards, the champions refined their speeches, tried on their tuxedos and took in the scene at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort, the site of Saturday night’s awards banquet. The event crowns the series champions and commemorates the 25th year of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. Nearly 600 guests will attend this special event, including NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

Where stars are born … In tribute to the series’ 25th year, NASCAR and Coastal 181 Publishing teamed up to publish Where Stars Are Born, a book relating the history of NASCAR’s weekly racing program. The 170-
Woody Pitkat gets a little bit of golfing in during his trip to Las Vegas.
The Mandalay Bay Report is the setting for NASCAR's WRS banquet.  (NASCAR Photos)
Friday’s Functions … On the eve of the awards banquet, track operators will start the day with a trip to Hoover Dam, one of the region’s top visitor attractions. NASCAR President Mike Helton will arrive from Phoenix to attend a reception with all the banquet attendees on Friday evening.

Saturday’s Schedule … Before settling in for a night of gourmet dining and awards presentations, track operators have business to attend to. NASCAR’s Managing Director of Racing Operations George Silbermann and Director of Weekly Racing and Contingency Programs Bob Duvall will host a meeting with all of the track operators on Saturday morning, to discuss plans for the series in 2007 and address critical business issues facing NASCAR’s short tracks.