Leaving Las Vegas: NASCAR moving awards to Nashville

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Denny Hamlin leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR is leaving Las Vegas and taking its annual Champion’s Week and awards to Nashville, Tennessee.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards will be held Dec. 5 at the Music City Center in Music City, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

NASCAR will move its Xfinity Series Awards and trucks series awards to Nov. 22 with the home tracks champions awards Nov. 23 still in Charlotte at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, said in a statement that the birthplace of country music in Bristol joined Tennesseans in welcoming the awards to the Volunteer State. Caldwell says Nashville never misses a beat hosting high-profile events and that race fans will want to join NASCAR stars in Music City to wrap up the season.