NEW TROPHY UNVEILED FOR NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicked off the season Sunday at Thompson
(Conn.) International Speedway. Before the racing got underway, the
drivers got a glimpse of what they were chasing.
NASCAR and series sponsor Whelen Engineering unveiled a
three-tiered championship trophy that honors the Modified’s history,
recognizes its present and leaves plenty of room for the future
“Whelen is committed to preserving the heritage of the
Modified Tour,” said Phil Kurze, Whelen’s director of motorsports. “This
trophy is a big step toward accomplishing that.”
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which is just over 3 feet tall, includes a chronological
list of names of every Modified champion, dating back to Red Byron’s
inaugural title in 1948. The list of the NASCAR Modified national
champions, which encircles the eight-sided bottom base, includes racing
legends the likes of Bobby Allison, Bugs Stevens, Red Farmer, Richie
Evans and Jerry Cook. The second tier is devoted to the Whelen Modified
Tour, starting with Evans’ ninth championship in 1985. It spans Mike
Stefanik’s seven titles and Tony Hirschman Jr.’s five crowns, as well as
Jimmy Spencer’s two championships, and titles won by current drivers
Jerry Marquis, Jamie Tomaino, Rick Fuller and Todd Szegedy.
“This prestigious trophy reflects the stature of the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour championship and celebrates its rich heritage,”
said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s managing director of racing operations.
“The design also provides future space to add today’s up and coming
drivers who can become the Richie Evans, Jerry Cooks
and Mike Stefaniks of tomorrow.”
The top tier is reserved for the 2007 winner, with the text
“CHAMPION” etched across the gold plaque that dominates the front. The
body of all three tiers of the base is fabricated in durable and elegant
black acrylic Burlstone Sunstone. The trophy is topped by a hand-blown
cut crystal bowl with a deep etched NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour logo.
At the end of the season, the trophy will be presented to the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and an identical trophy will be
produced for 2008. The etched magnetic plates can be easily updated and
provide space for future champions to add their name.
The trophy was custom designed for NASCAR by Jostens. The
Minnesota-based jeweler is the exclusive designer/manufacturer of all
NASCAR championship diamond rings. In addition, they have created 27 of
41 Super Bowl championship rings and the Heisman Trophy.
April 24, 2007