TALLADEGA, AL - Both introduced within the last 12 months, Talladega Superspeedway's two iconic trophies - the Vulcan and the Hammer & Anvil - are quickly becoming the most sought-out works of art in motorsports. To the victors of the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), nothing would be finer than to add these unique, handcrafted pieces to their trophy case.
The Vulcan Trophy made its debut last fall and was presented to defending Alabama 500 Champion Joey Logano. Awarded to all MENCS victors at the 2.66-mile venue, the Vulcan Trophy is a miniature version of the gigantic Vulcan - the largest cast iron statue in the world - that oversees the city of Birmingham, AL. The bold trophy depicts fearless Vulcan, the god of fire and forge, and stands more three-feet tall and weighs in excess of 100 pounds.
"Trophies are one of the best parts of what we do, and some of them are just cooler and more special because of what they are," said Logano, who hopes to make history with a record third consecutive win in the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15. "Talladega Superspeedway nailed it when they came up with the idea of the Vulcan Trophy."
The striking Hammer & Anvil Trophy showcases Vulcan's hammer and anvil that he used to create weapons and other items in his forge for the gods of Ancient Roman Myth. It is presented to winners of all other series (ARCA, NASCAR XFINITY & NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) that compete at the most competitive track on the planet. Making its debut in May, the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (Saturday, Oct. 14) will mark the first NCWTS event at Talladega where the driver who triumphs will take home the iron-casted work of art.
Both trophies are symbolic and inspired by the actual 54-foot tall Vulcan statue (which stands on a 124-foot platform), the main attraction of the Vulcan Park & Museum. Talladega's history with the Vulcan actually dates back decades - to 1969 - the year of the first events held at the historic venue. In 1969 and '70, the ARCA Racing Series competitions were called the Vulcan 500. Jim Vandiver captured the first checkered flag while Ramo Scott was victorious the next year.
The trophies are the creation of Marshall Christie, Director of Metal Arts at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, and Lead Sculptor/Artist in Residence Ajene Williams.
To secure your tickets to NASCAR's high-intensity playoff weekend, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call the Main Ticket office at 855-518-RACE (7223), which is available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (CDT) during the week and now open on weekends from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CDT).
Talladega's fall event weekend kicks off a week from today on Friday, Oct. 13 with a full slate of on-track activity, including practice sessions for the Alabama 500 and fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola - both of which are pivotal events in NASCAR's Playoffs. Sunday's Alabama 500 will also mark the final start for six-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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