From the Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, Ky. (May 2011) Kentucky Speedway unveiled its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 trophy design inspired by fan William Stohr of Sparta, Ky., through a fan contest.
Sparta resident William Stohr will take
part in the trophy presentation in
the Winner's Circle at the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race July 9.
The 33-inch high, 22-inch wide, 30-pound trophy will blend Kentuckys racing traditions by featuring a chrome-plated Thoroughbred bust with a flowing checkered-flag mane. The bust will be mounted on a tulip poplar wood pedestal to represent the official state tree and mounted to a stainless-steel base complete with a split-rail fence that depicts the Commonwealths signature rolling hills.
Thinking about Kentucky and the speedway, I wanted to combine stock car racing with a Thoroughbred horse, the 33-year-old Stohr said.
His design was chosen from 120 entries submitted by the enthusiastic Kentucky Speedway fan base since November 2010 and brought to life by designer, Murray, Ky., native and University of Kentucky alumnus Rusty Wright, 44, through an association with Maryland-based Aquarius Sports Management. The trophy will be manufactured through Fast Forward Marketing of Spring, Texas.
Stohr will receive Quaker State 400 tickets and will be present in Victory Lane July 9 when his creation is awarded to the speedways first Sprint Cup Series race champion.
Its pretty overwhelming to think that something that I created will be on a drivers shelf, Stohr added.
The Quaker State 400 will conclude the speedways historic opening weekend that opens July 7 with a 225-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event and continues July 8 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300.