DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ( May 10, 2006 ) One of America's premier destinations will host one of NASCAR's premier events in 2006. The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Awards Banquet will be held Nov. 11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

It is the first time this gala celebration, which honors the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champion, Division champions, track champions and other special award winners, will be held in Las Vegas in the series ' 25-year history.

“There is no question that the glamour and excitement of Las Vegas will be a great backdrop for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Awards Banquet,” said Don Hawk , NASCAR's director of regional racing development. “Our champions and guests will enjoy a spectacular week at one the finest resorts in America."

The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Awards Banquet is one of the largest post-season events hosted annually by NASCAR and attracts nearly 800 guests. Dodge and other participating sponsors will distribute nearly $1.7 million in post-season awards.

Mandalay Bay R esort is tropically themed with lush surroundings. The site's 3,644 rooms and suites include 424 accommodations managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The property also has a House of Blues restaurant, concert hall and more than 100 House of Blues-themed rooms, decorated in the unique style for which House of Blues has become famous. 

Mandalay Bay earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award and offers three AAA Four Diamond restaurants, Aureole, Fleur de Lys and 3950. The new Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which opened in January 2003, brings the total meeting space to nearly 1.5 million square feet and is the largest convention center on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay's brands include: THEhotel, an all-suite hotel featuring 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites and Mandalay Place, a collection of 41 unique boutiques and restaurants.

For more information, contact:

        Jeremy Davidson, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 681-4173 or

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