THE LEAST DESIRABLE TROPHIES IN NASCAR

The grandfather clock of Martinsville, kissing of the bricks at Indy and the custom cowboy boots of Texas Motor Speedway are iconic trophies in the sport of racing. The rich traditions of these trophies are tied to the identity of the local people themselves. If a driver wins in Nashville they get a hand-painted guitar, the winner in Vegas gets a championship belt built for a boxer, but not every track has a championship-caliber history to represent in trophy form.A few race tracks are still sea ...

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KISSING THE BRICKS: NASCAR’S BEST TRADITION?

The Sprint Cup has many fine traditions: Speedweeks, the night race at Bristol and flipping off Kyle Busch, just to name a few. But it is one of the sport's newest traditions that has emerged as one of its most beloved. Since 1996, no race at The Brickyard has been complete without the kissing of the bricks. This Sunday at the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 43 drivers will vie for the pleasures of the flesh that Bill Elliott, above, experienced in 2002.The Sprint Cup started runnin ...

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