The 6th annual Stewie Awards from the Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip capped off Thursday night in lovely Las Vegas, Nevada honoring the best, boldest and funniest moments from the recent NASCAR season.
The always entertaining duo of Tony Stewart and Matt Yocum hit the Sirius Xm NASCAR radio waves live and yet again delivered an entertaining, never dull, amusing couple of hours reliving some of the most memorable moments from the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr also stopped by to join in the fun of the annual event during NASCAR’s championship week.
The crowd seemed very out of it tonight, so out of it that Tony Stewart along with the guests kept trying to get the sardines packed in the inside of Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo restaurant riled up. Nevertheless, it was a must see evening.
Fans voted and determined the winners of the 2012 Stewie Awards.
The winners of the 2012 Stewie Awards are:
Best Original Drama:
- Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski duking it out for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Bonehead Move of the Year
- Danica Patrick intentionally wrecking Landon Cassill at the Kansas Speedway but instead her car received more damage than Cassill’s. Landon Cassill accepted the award on Patrick’s behalf via a telephone.
Patrick was not at the event because she’s attending a wedding.
“Feels Like the First Time” Award
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaking his winless drought at Michigan International Speedway. Jr.’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, accepted the award on Jr.’s behalf because Dale has left Vegas and is headed back to North Carolina because of a sinus infection. Denny Hamlin picked up the trophy and will deliver the hardware to Junebug.
Best Vocal Performance
- Tony Stewart for his vocal performance to the media after he crashed out of the Talladega spring race. Back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. presented the award to Tony Stewart.
Tony joked to the media a lengthy period after the spring Talladega race, apologizing that he and the drivers didn’t wreck enough cars that day.
It was Tony’s first Stewie Award.
Best “Driver2Crew Chatter”
- Carl Edwards playing an April’s fool joke on his crew by saying his transmission broke.
Best Original Comedy
- Matt Kenseth doing his own media availability at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. As Kenseth approached the stage, he gently threw a helmet at Tony Stewart, and then later signed it saying ”You catch better than you throw!”
Hal Needham Award (Best Stunt Sequence)
- Juan Pablo Montoya’s fiery crash with a jet dryer at the Daytona 500. This was a no brainer. Juan was not at the event.
“Boys Have At It” Award
- Jeff Gordon vs Clint Bowyer in the final few laps of the AdvoCare 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. Gordon dumped Clint Bowyer in turn 4 as the field came to the white flag, and eventually a brawl broke out in the garage area. Clint Bowyer accepted the award. Jeff Gordon was not present during the show.
“The Social Stewie”
- Matt Kenseth wins his second Stewie of the night for his joke on twitter about being the most popular driver in Dale Jr.’s absence. In the tweet, Kenseth says he’s happy Jr. is coming back because being the most popular driver is hard work.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined two weeks during the Chase for the Sprint Cup due to a concussion.
“Lifetime Achievement” Award
- Legendary Broadcaster Bob Jenkins. He accepted the award via telephone.
“The Golden Stewie” Award
- The winner of the coveted “The Golden Stewie” Award was Dick Berggren