Watkins Glen, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After 90 grueling laps around Watkins Glen International, one NASCAR driver will take home the Cheez-It 355 trophy. When he or she holds it up, they'll be looking at a locally-made piece of art.
This year's trophy was made by the Corning Museum of Glass, and it focuses on many of the things that make the Glen such a special race track.
The trophy was made from blue glass to match the railing of the track, and even has some signature curves etched into the top. Both give a personal touch to make the trophy stand out.
"Personally I wanted it to be a clean, triumphant form," said Eric Meek, the trophy designer from the Corning Museum of Glass. "When I thought formally about this, that the driver would want to grab and would want to hold. I was really happy about the moment where he saw it like this, but then the moment when he looks at the top, the driver, and then he realized that earlier that day he was zooming around this profile."
The trophy took about five hours to make. The first-ever Cheez-It 355 at the Glen runs August 11 at WGI.