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 is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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