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Racin’ with Russ: 2011 NASCAR Champions Celebrate at Awards Banquets

The final curtain closed on the 2011 NASCAR season on Saturday night, after Tony Stewart gave his final thanks for accolades received from being crowned Sprint Cup champion.The over four-hour made-for-television affair was about an hour too long, especially for race fans on the East Coast who watched the credits roll at 1 a.m. It was entirely live, except with a few parts taped to expedite the big show.The first hour was filled with silly recaps and sillier awards for various driver situations such as "bad boy of the series." No surprises there, just a waste of time.There were numerous red-carpet driver (and date) interviews, most with expected results, except for the final one, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The driver, usually somewhat reserved in hi...

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