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Photos: 2012 NASCAR champions cruise the Strip in Victory Lap

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Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson at the Victory Lap of 2012 NASCAR Champion’s Week on the Strip on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
Photo: Tom Donoghue/DonoghuePhotography.com

2012 NASCAR Champion's Week: Victory Lap on the Strip

2012 NASCAR Champion's Week: 'Rock of Ages' at Victory Lap

The Strip was temporary closed down Thursday afternoon for the Victory Lap of 2012 NASCAR Champion’s Week, and hard-working contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite yet again for another fantastic photo gallery.

NASCAR took over the Strip as Mayor Carolyn Goodman, resplendent in red, presented 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who was all smiles throughout the afternoon, with a Key to the City of Las Vegas.

Legendary magician and MGM Grand headliner David Copperfield, with 26-year-old French model girlfriend Chloe Gosselin by his side, yelled, “Gentlemen! Start Your Engines!” and the Top 12 drivers of the year took off along Las Vegas Boulevard, among them Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, whom Donoghue captured in his photo gallery.

Cast members of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” which opens next month at the Venetian, also performed during the Victory Lap. Champion’s Week wraps up today with the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards honoring Keselowski at the Wynn.

Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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