Between championship points and the prestige of winning at the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway, drivers battling in Saturday's HISTORY 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race have all kinds of motivation to fight for the win. But with the most unique trophy of the entire season on the line, things are sure to reach a fever pitch as the laps wind down.

In partnership with Charlotte Motor Speedway, HISTORY® channel TV personality Rick Dale of the hit series American Restoration has crafted a one-of-a-kind trophy that will be the envy of drivers. The trophy will be unveiled Saturday before the 300-mile race.

"As much as it means to drivers to win at NASCAR's home track, this adds a little something extra to encourage them to race even harder to the checkered flag," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The history that this trophy represents and the personal touches that Rick put into it make it truly one-of-a-kind."

After researching the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway's storied history, Dale created a unique trophy that represents the facilities early years and some of the challenges builders faced to complete to project.

The base of the trophy is North Carolina granite in the shape of the track — that granite had to be blasted through to make the raceway possible. Dynamite sticks are supported by a brass blaster to represent the force needed to get it done. And in case there was any doubt as to the personalities of speedway founders Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner, two 38 snub-nosed revolvers filled with aluminum sit upright, barrel-to-barrel were included in Dale's masterpiece. According to speedway legend, as the construction deadline loomed, guns were drawn to encourage crews to pick up the pace of the build.

"As a fan of NASCAR and racing, I'm thrilled for the second year in a row to design this year's HISTORY 300 trophy using elements of the colorful story surrounding the Charlotte Motor Speedway's construction and founding," said Dale. "I'm honored to be part of this exciting race."

Documenting the production process, HISTORY filmed an episode of American Restoration 

about Rick's return to Charlotte and the creation of the 2014 Trophy. Fans can catch the episode during the upcoming season of American Restoration, beginning Monday, June 2 at 10 p.m

HISTORY will also have some of their stars from Swamp People and Top Gear as Grand Marshals, announcing the Start Your Engines" and waving the green flag."

About American Restoration

HISTORY's hit series AMERICAN RESTORATION tells the story behind things you just don't see anymore. Rick Dale of Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas is busier than ever bringing new life to objects from the past. Returning with all new episodes on Monday, June 2 at 10 p.m., Dale heralds some of his largest restorations to date - including George Clinton's Chickering quarter baby grand piano, a knife throwing board from David Copperfield's Museum of Conjuring Arts, an authentic James Bond 1977 Esprit Lotus Submarine Car featured in the film The Spy Who Loved Me, a 1950s hockey pinball game and a 1900s cigar slot machine. These treasures make up the tapestry of American culture; for every piece that gets refurbished, a bit of history comes back to life.

 

About 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™, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man 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, Men Who Built America, 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. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com