Kentucky Speedway blended horses with horsepower Wednesday in unveiling the champion's trophy for this summer's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400.
The design, which features a chrome-plated Thoroughbred bust with a flowing checkered-flag mane, was inspired by William Stohr of Sparta through a fan contest.
Sparta's first Sprint Cup race will be held July 9.
The trophy will stand 33 inches high, 22 inches wide and weighs 30 pounds.
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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," Stohr, 33, said in a news release.
Stohr's idea was chosen from 120 entries submitted by Kentucky Speedway fans since November 2010. Designer Rusty Wright, 44, a University of Kentucky graduate from Murray, brought the design to life 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 on July 9 when his creation is awarded to the speedway's first Sprint Cup champion.
"It's pretty overwhelming to think that something that I created will be on a driver's shelf," Stohr added.
Kentucky Speedway hosts three NASCAR races the weekend of July 7-9.
The Sprint Cup race will follow a Camping World Trucks race on Thursday and a Nationwide series race on Friday.