New NASCAR trophy adds to creative array

August, 10, 2012
Watking Glen TrophyCourtesy of NASCAR
Coming Sunday to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen: The above winner's trophy, a unique work designed and created by Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass artist Eric Meek, one that -- per NASCAR's official release, "encompasses key aspects of the Finger Lakes Region, including The Glen’s iconic blue guardrail, the Finger Lakes and ... glass."

It also adds to a long line of creative NASCAR trophies, ones that often incorporate local themes and bring life -- literally, in one case -- to the post-race podium.

Check out some of our previous favorites:

Grandfather Clock, Martinsville

Martinksville ClockJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Awarded since 1964, this special item -- seen with Richard Childress, left, and Kevin Harvick in March -- stands about seven feet tall and a few years ago was valued at $10,000.

Miles the Monster, Dover

Matt KensethAndrew Weber/US Presswire
This trophy, seen here with Matt Kenseth in 2011, is a miniature version of the "Monster Mile's" monster, Miles.

Giant Lobster, New Hampshire

Joey LoganoAP Photo/Jim Cole
In 2009 Joey Logano took this "trophy," which meets a rather morbid fate, if you're an animal lover and/or non-seafood eater.

Cowboy Hat & Boots, Texas

Denny HamlinRusty Jarrett/NASCAR/Getty Images
Denny Hamlin is from Virginia, but here in 2010 he got sooooo Texas.

Ethanol Pump, Iowa

Kyle BuschMatthew Stockman/Getty Images
American Ethanol is a key sponsor at Iowa; no wonder it inspires trophies, like this one won by Kyle Busch in 2010.

The Wrench, Las Vegas

Tony StewartAP Photo/Isaac Brekken
A trophy with utility? No wonder Tony Stewart was happy when he won this 16-pound piece of aluminum in March.

Wine & Glass, Sonoma

SonomaEzra Shaw/Getty Images
Speaking of trophies with utility, California's wine country happily offers wine and wine glass to the victor; this year it was Clint Bowyer.

Harley J. Earl, Daytona 500

McMuray/Ganassi/FranchittiJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
This decades old-yet-still distinctive trophy, seen here with Jamie McMurray (left) in 2010, can stand up next to the Indianapolis 500's Borg-Warner (seen with Dario Franchitti; owner Chip Ganassi is in the middle).

The Sprint Cup Series Trophy

Sprint Cup TrophyChris Graythen/Getty Images
Beauty and craftsmanship collide, as Tiffany & Co. designed this special piece of sterling silver. It stands two feet tall, stands 27 pounds and, according to NASCAR, "takes nearly four months [to craft] and at least eight Tiffany & Co. Master Craftsmen work on the cup." Furthermore, "approximately 80 hours of etching are necessary to create the flag’s checkered pattern."
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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