Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 | 6:24 p.m.
Beyond the Sun
NASCAR legend Tony Stewart will be at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Thursday to honor the best, boldest and funniest of the 2009 racing season.
The two-time Sprint Cup Series champion will be on hand to host the annual The Stewie Awards, along with Fox NASCAR announcer Matt Yocum.
Joining the NASCAR buffs at the Rio will be this year’s Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, as well as drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers.
The two-hour event is open to the public and will take place in the Masquerade Village. The awards show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be aired nationwide on Channel 128 on both SIRIUS and XM Radio.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.