NASCAR Unveils National Championship Trophy
Whelen All-American Series Champ To Get Some Serious Hardware
A sparkling new NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship trophy was unveiled to the series’ track operators during events surrounding 2007 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway Saturday morning. The hand-crafted trophy was commissioned by NASCAR to the creator of some of the most prestigious championship hardware in professional sports – Jostens.
NASCAR President Mike Helton (left) and Whelen Engineering Vice President for Motorsports Phil Kurze unveil the new NASCAR Whelen All-American Series perpetual national championship trophy Saturday morning. The unveiling took place at the series track operator conference at Daytona International Speedway. Click photo for high-resolution. (John Harlson/Getty Images/NASCAR Photo)
“With a new era dawning for NASCAR short track racing and our new series sponsor Whelen, it is a perfect time to build upon and recognize the prestige of winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s Managing Director of Racing Operations. “This new trophy honors the heritage of our past series champions which is a perfect compliment for our future national title winners.”
The perpetual trophy displays the names of all 25 previous national champions on nickel silver sub-base plates. The 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion will receive a separate first-of-its-kind individual champions’ version of the award.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for short-track racing. Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering, a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting is the series sponsor. More than 10,000 drivers compete at NASCAR sanctioned short tracks throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“We are excited and proud to be the new title sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series,” said Phil Kurze, Whelen’s Director of Motorsports. “We are looking forward to building on its strong heritage of hometown NASCAR racing.”
The trophy weighs-in at a substantial 84 pounds and soars to more than 3 feet tall. Last year, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Jostens became the exclusive designer/manufacturer of all NASCAR championship diamond rings.
Jostens has created 27 of 41 Super Bowl championship rings, including the ring for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I victory and the Super Bowl XL ring for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jostens also produces prestigious awards such as the Heisman Trophy.