Rock Lobster: New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Unique Trophy

BY foxsports • September 21, 2013

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013 in Loudon, N.H.

There are plenty of cool trophies in NASCAR, but none of them quite compare to the one given to the winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Along with the traditional hardware, the driver that wins at the 'Magic Mile' is also given a live rock lobster. Provided by Makris Lobster and Steak House in Concord, N.H., the winning driver hoists the living crustacean before usually making one heck of a post-race meal. 

Started seven years ago, the tradition of earning a rock lobster at the end of the day is something drivers and fans certainly have fun with. 

So it led us to wonder, who has the biggest lobster?

Jimmie Johnson was the first New Hampshire winner to be presented with the lobster in 2010. 

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 27: Jimmie Johnson (R), driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, is presented with a large lobster by New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice president Jerry Gappens, after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, N.H. 

Clint Bowyer wasn't exactly sure what to do with his lobster when he won the Chase race in 2010. 

LOUDON, NH - SEPT. 19: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet recieves a huge lobster during Victory Lane ceremonies at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 19, 2010 in Loudon, N.H.

An avid fisherman, Ryan Newman is used to scoring big catches like the one he took home in the summer of 2011. 

LOUDON, NH - JULY 17: Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, holds up a lobster in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2011 in Loudon, N.H.

Tony Stewart made it an all Stewart-Haas Racing feast by winning the Chase race in 2011. 

LOUDON, NH - SEPT. 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane with a ceremonial winner's lobster after winning the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 25, 2011 in Loudon, N.H.

Kasey Kahne's winning lobster had a claw nearly as big as Kahne's head in 2012. 

LOUDON, NH - JULY 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15, 2012 in Loudon, N.H.

Denny Hamlin was a little nervous holding the beast after his Chase win in 2012. 

LOUDON, NH - SEPT. 23: Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 23, 2012 in Loudon, N.H.

Hamlin's crew chief Darian Grubb had no issues, though. 

LOUDON, NH - SEPT. 23: Darian Grubb, crew chief for the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 23, 2012 in Loudon, N.H.

Brian Vickers showed earlier this year that anyone can take home the lobster. 

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013 in Loudon, N.H.

According to bonappetit.com, there is a three phase process to dealing with the lobster once presented to the driver in victory lane.

First, the lobster poses for photographs with the winning driver (like he really has a choice).

Second, a team from Makris pressure cooks the lobster and takes out about six pounds of meat. The team then flash freezes the meat, packages it and ships it to the team's race shop. 

Finally, a taxidermist "reassembles the shell, repaints it to look like an uncooked lobster, and mounts it as a trophy," which is then shipped to the winning driver. 

So who will be hosting a lobster dinner later this week? Whoever it is, let's hope they have the right music playing when they serve the lobster. 

 


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