Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr Explain ‘Special Feeling’ of Winning Martinsville’s Unique NASCAR Trophy

Published 04/10/2021, 2:10 PM EDT
MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – JUNE 10: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 SiriusXM Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, 2020 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The Martinsville Speedway race is quite a unique one, largely because of its trophy. As it turns out, drivers are awarded a life-size grandfather clock. Many drivers have had the honor of taking home the trophy, like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Clint Bowyer. Bowyer even joked that he had to ‘ratchet-strap’ the trophy to his wife’s car.

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On a more serious note, Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr spoke about winning at Martinsville. According to Gordon, when a driver goes to Victory Lane, he is quite floored at how ‘cool’ the trophy is. Johnson said, “Its a trophy you want to go after. In some places, you go and get a weird plastic thing, here it is something you really want to put in your house.”

Meanwhile, Earnhardt Jr confessed that he put his trophy in a place where everyone could see it. Additionally, Gordon knows that that trophy is proof that drivers know what it took to earn it.

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Who else besides Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr have won?

While Dale Jr has won it once, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon won it multiple times. It is also worth mentioning that when Bowyer joked about strapping it to his wife’s car, it was his first Martinsville win. He confessed, “You know I make fun of these other drivers sometimes for having tears in victory lane, but I’ve got to admit that moment got to me,

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Speaking of the trophy itself, the grandfather clock has a rich history behind it. Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles first introduced it and it has become one of the most iconic NASCAR trophies. So, in 2018, Clint Bowyer got to take home this prestigious trophy.

It is worth mentioning that the latest recipients are Martin Truex Jr and reigning Cup Series champion, Chase Elliott. Now, the drivers will compete to bring home that iconic and stunning-looking trophy.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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