American Restoration's Rick Dale Designs Unique Trophy for HISTORY 300 That Honors NASCAR's Past
When drivers take to the track for the NASCAR Nationwide Series HISTORY 300 on Saturday, May 25, they'll be racing for more than just the bragging rights that come with winning at NASCAR's home track. Rick Dale of HISTORY's American Restoration® has designed a one-of-a-kind trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the 300-mile race.
As last year's Honorary Starter for the HISTORY 300, Dale awarded the trophy to the 2012 winner, Brad Keselowski, who mentioned that Dale should have designed the trophy as well. With Charlotte Motor Speedway's blessing, Dale embraced the challenge and designed 2013's HISTORY 300 trophy with a reverence for racing and its history.
"If winning isn't enough motivation, drivers now have even more reason to put on a great show for fans at the HISTORY 300," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The winner gets a unique trophy that not only pays tribute to the history of our great sport, but will also look great in any driver's trophy case."
A 1940 Ford Coupe steering wheel, representing the beginning of stock car racing, forms the centerpiece of the trophy. Two gas pump nozzles from a 1936 North Carolina highway gas station, notoriously frequented by moonshine runners, provide the frame. A Custer Car drive gear completes the design, symbolizing the first go-kart a child builds when dreaming about becoming a race car driver.
Owner of Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas, Nev., Dale is an expert when it comes to restoring any classic object to its original state. From a 1960s three-wheeled golf cart to an antique Hershey's candy dispenser, Dale and his staff painstakingly restore objects from history's past to precise original detail.
"As a fan of NASCAR and racing, I'm thrilled to put my own 'American Restoration' spin on this trophy for the HISTORY 300," said Dale. "I'm honored to be part of this exciting race for the second year in a row."
About American Restoration
HISTORY's hit series AMERICAN RESTORATION tells the story behind things you just don't see any more. Rick Dale and his colorful crew bring back to life an Edison projector from the early 1900's...a tandem bicycle...a rare gas pump...vintage Pepsi cooler...a 1950's juke box...and much more. And with no owner's manual in sight every repair is its own mystery. What did the original Mutoscope look like? Where do you find replacement parts for a 1940's candy machine...or will they have to be manufactured from scratch? These treasures make up the tapestry of American culture; for every piece that gets refurbished, a bit of history comes back to life.
AMERICAN RESTORATION returns with all new episodes beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY.
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as HISTORY®'s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us® and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®'s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.