Top 10 Tuesday: Motorsports Trophies

Spencer Neff


Thank you for reading and I hope your week is starting off well.

This weekend at Martinsville Speedway, drivers in the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will be vying for the win and with it, the famous grandfather clock that is locally-made and presented to the winner of each race at the track. In honor of the grandfather clock, here is a look at the top trophies in motorsports.

10. Texas Boot: The giant cowboy boot given to the winner at Texas Motor Speedway, when combined with a cowboy hat and a pair of guns make for one of the most interesting celebrations in racing.

9. Nashville Guitar: Although racing has ceesed at the Nashville Speedway, the guitar (custom painted by famed artist Sam Bass), was long a part of the lore of winning at the track. One of the most famous moments came in 2009, when Kyle Busch smashed the guitar in victory lane.

8. Loudon Lobster: The winner of the  race at New Hamppshire Motor Speedway is given a live, 25-pound lobster, with some the reactions from victory lane becoming a notorious part of the celebration.

7. Sonoma Wine: Part of the allure of racing in Sonoma is its proximity to Napa Valley and WIne Country. SInce 2006, the winner of the race at Sonoma (in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and motorcycle racing) has enjoyed a glass of wine to celebrate their win.

6, Harley J. Earl Trophy: Named for the General Motrs designer, a scale replica of the trophy has been handed out to the winner of every Daytona 500 since the inaugural event in 1959.

5. Dover Miles the Monster: The mascot of Dover International Speedway, Miles the Monster was incorporated into the track’s trohy, where a replica of Miles holding a diecast of the winning car is given to the winner at the “Monster Mile”.

4. NHRA Wally: Named after NHRA founder Wally Parks, but modeled after Top Gas driver Jack Jones, the 18-inch, 12-pound brass statue has been given to the winner of each national event in each class since 1969.

3. Daytona Rolex Watch: In 1992, watchmaker Rolex took over as title sponsor for the 24 Hours of Daytona. SInce then, the winning drivers in each class of the famed endurance race have received a Rolex Daytona watch.

2. Martinsville Grandfather Clock: In September of 1964, Fred Lorenzen was given a grandfather clock from Ridgeway Clocks in Virginia. Ever since then, the grandfather clock has become one of the most cherished traditions in NASCAR.

  1. Borg-Warner Trophy: First awarded to Louis Meyer in 1936 after his third Indianapolis 500 victory, the Borg-Warner Trophy has been presented to the winner of the race every year since with the face of every winning driver on it. In 1986, a base was added to accomodate more faces, and was renovated to make enough space until 2033.

Enjoy your week and see you soon.


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