The 50th anniversary of NAPA Super DIRT Week was honored with a special trophy

Fifty years of NAPA Super DIRT Week history will be awarded to the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 champion in October.

The stories and legacy of the event will be encased in a more than two foot tall gold cup like no other.

At first glance, the 50th logo draws your eyes to the center of the trophy before venturing around the smooth curves and angles of its unique design. But what you will miss, if not careful, is the story it tells.

At the base of the trophy and above are black acrylic ovals. From any side view, they appear as another design element. However, look from above and you will be carried over time.

The black oval at the base is the exact shape of Syracuse’s “Moody Mile,” the treasured track that gave birth to Super DIRT Week and hosted the event from 1972 to 2015 before being torn apart. On top of the trophy, the smaller black oval is the exact shape of Oswego Speedway’s “Steel Palace”, which became the new home for Super DIRT Week in 2016 and will host the event’s historic 50th running event this year. this, Oct. 3-9.

“Between the history and importance of the race, there is no bigger event this year than the 50th NAPA Super DIRT Week,” said Jeff Hachmann, DIRTcar Executive Director of Events. “We want to emphasize that in this year’s trophy for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 by highlighting the history of the event and its roots that we all value.”

When you look at the trophy again from the front or side, you’ll see the “Moody Mile” represented below to indicate how it laid the foundation and held the weight of the event’s historic 50-year running. The golden metal cup rises from the “Moody Mile,” signaling the years of success and growth that led to the 50th Running and support for its new home in the “Steel Palace.”

“This is a one-of-a-kind trophy that will only be awarded this year,” Hachmann added. “Only one driver in the history of the event will have this trophy, so we want to make sure the design also indicates importance.”

The trophy, which will be more than 27 inches tall and 17 inches wide (from handle to handle), is made by MTM Recognition – which has also produced iconic trophies for college football championships. Just celebrating their own 50th anniversary last year, they took the design to heart, made a trophy, unlike anything they had done before.

“For us, the track outline is something we haven’t done before,” said CJ Norton, an account manager at MTM. “We always start with a little bit of directions and then go from there. We have a lot of different cup ideas that we’re trying. Cups are kind of the industry standard. We’ve made some different changes from the traditional cup already. like this and made and framed a cup. “

Completed in May in preparation for a year -long trophy tour across New York – covering places like Time Square in New York City, Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen and more – the trophy went through a comprehensive engineering process.

The engineers made a schematic, down to the nuts and bolts and paths. Then, it went into manufacturing where the wood base was cut by a CNC machine and all the metal pieces were cut using a water jet machine.

The historical significance of the event was never lost throughout the process, as the trophy was made at a weight of 35 lbs. – the same number of miles between the “Moody Mile” and the “Steel Palace.”

The final product is a polished relic of history, granted in just one ride that can master 200 laps around the 5/8-mile “Steel Palace” and will forever be etched in Super DIRT Week history.

Track for the upcoming full trophy tour schedule and visit the site to purchase your tickets to the 50th NAPA Super DIRT Week.

DIRTcar Series PR


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