Earlier today it was announced that NASCAR will be changing the trophy that they award to drivers who win races at Talladega Superspeedway. The new trophy not only looks cool but more importantly it gives a nod to the United States Military.
The new trophy is being called the “Freedom Trophy.” As you can see in the picture above, the trophy has images of different members of the military on it. The trophy also prominently features a star on top and in the center of the five sides. Not only will the winning driver receive this trophy, but the ones presenting the trophy will be service members.
Each time NASCAR runs a race at Talladega Superspeedway they will invite members of one branch of the military to come out to the track. Those service members will not only be a part of the pre-race ceremonies but they will also be in Victory Lane presenting the trophy. The stakes are already high at Talladega given it’s the circuits fastest track. Adding this special honor in Victory Lane will make winning at the track even better. NASCAR will rotate the branches invited to the track each race.
In a recent article on FOXsports.com, Talladega Chariman Grant Lynch commented on the new trophy.
Winning a Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega just got extra special. With the Freedom Trophy, we pay tribute to our race winners, as well as our servicemen and women who make so many things possible for us on a daily basis.
NASCAR will begin using this new trophy when the series hits Talladega in May, a few weeks from now. This trophy will also be used when the series goes back to Talladega during the chase in the final 10 races of the season. Some of the trophies NASCAR has are pretty cool while others are a bit odd. I think it’s safe to say that this one will reside on the cool side of the trophy conversation.