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The 5 Best Trophies in NASCAR

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Loudon, New Hampshire last weekend gave out one of the most interesting trophies in NASCAR, a lobster. It is far from the only iconic trophy in NASCAR, so it got us at NASCAR thinking about this. What are the five best trophies in NASCAR?

5. New Hampshire Motor Speedway: The Lobster

Wait a minute, I used the lead of this piece talking about the lobster, and I only put it at number 5 on this list? Well, let me explain. The lobster is still an incredible trophy, hence why it is number five on this list.

What other race track can say that they have won a living creature at a race track. However, the trophy does not necessarily appeal to everybody. Denny Hamlin literally ran away from the lobster before wincing to take a picture with the thing after winning there.

That being said, this is still an incredibly unique trophy. It fits the New England area, and it’s truly unlike anything else in NASCAR. It deserves a spot on this list.

4. Auto Club Speedway: The Surfboard

This may be surprising to some, but there are few cooler looking trophies than the surfboard trophy at Auto Club Speedway. Some may call it strange, but others may call it bold. Regardless, it’s unique.

It also fits the theme of Auto Club Speedway and Southern California in general. You want a trophy to represent the place where they race at well, and Auto Club Speedway has done that. Now, the trophy may begin to change now that Auto Club Speedway is being reconfigured into a short track, but this surfboard trophy is just too cool to forget about totally if that happens.

3. Dover: Miles the Monster

Dover Motor Speedway is affectionately nicknamed “The Monster Mile” What better a mascot for the track than a concrete monster? That is exactly what they did.

Not only is that the track mascot, but they actually implemented the mascot into the trophy. Every series winner at the track gets their own version of “Miles the Monster” as their reward for winning. It’s pretty cool to see a race track that can give the same trophy to different series.

Kyle Busch is one of the few drivers who has wins at Dover in all three series. One can only wonder what he does with all of those “Miles the Monster” trophies.

2. Daytona 500: The Harley J. Earl Trophy

To those who win the Daytona 500, one of the most iconic trophies in all of NASCAR awaits, the Harley J. Earl Trophy. The trophy is in the shape of the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval with the GM XP-21 Firebird on top. A car that was famous for setting land speed world records at Daytona.

The trophy gains a lot of prestige for it being the winner’s trophy of the Daytona 500. However, it also just looks really cool. It may be a somewhat simple design, but, sometimes simple is better. It’s an iconic piece of NASCAR history, and, when you see it, you know exactly what it is for.

Of all places, the trophy given to the driver is sculpted in Omaha, Nebraska. The trophy is sculpted by John Lajba.

1. Martinsville: The Grandfather Clock

Whenever NASCAR comes to Martinsville, the question is not “Who will win?”, but it is, “Who gets that grandfather clock?” It’s a big trophy that represents a big accomplishment, winning at NASCAR’s oldest race track.

It’s a trophy that is big, but there is no mistaking what it is. It’s a trophy that has been a part of the race track since 1964, and it differentiates it from any other trophy on the circuit. There truly is nothing quite like it, and the trophy stands the test of time (No pun intended).

Maybe more trophies will develop grand traditions over time as NASCAR goes to newer and newer race tracks. Will these trophies remain the best of the best?

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