- Associated Press - Saturday, May 25, 2013

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR turned to Rick Dale and his wife, Kelly, of the History Channel’s “American Restoration” show to come up with a unique trophy to present to the winner of Saturday’s Nationwide race.

And they did just that.

The trophy for the History 300 included a 1940 Ford Coupe steering wheel, which Dale said represented the beginning of stock car racing.

He said it also included two gas pump nozzles from a 1936 North Carolina highway gas station on Route 18 _ a place rumored to be frequented by moonshine runners _ and a Custer Car gear, symbolizing the first go-kart a child builds.

“I’m very proud of it,” Dale said. “I’m just honored to have been a part of this. It took us about two months to design. We tied it all together.”

The idea for Dale to design the trophy came about when he presented last year’s winner Brad Keselowski with the winning trophy. Keselowski commented at the time that Dale should have been in charge of designing the trophy.

Dale said it took him about six weeks to come up with the idea for the trophy.

Kyle Busch won the race Saturday.



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