SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Speedway has unveiled its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" trophy design, inspired by fan William Stohr of Sparta, Ky., through a fan contest.
The 33-inch high, 22-inch wide, 30-pound trophy will blend Kentucky's 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 Commonwealth's 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.
Stohr's design was chosen from 120 entries submitted since November 2010. Stohr will receive "Quaker State 400" tickets and will be present in Victory Lane July 9 when his creation is awarded to the speedway's first Sprint Cup Series race champion.
The "Quaker State 400" will conclude the speedway's 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."
Tickets for all 2011 Kentucky Speedway events can be reserved online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling 888-652-7223 or by visiting the speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71, Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.