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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Revealed




12 weeks from now, one NASCAR driver will stand above all others as the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series Champion. The championship hardware was revealed today. NASCAR unveiled their latest trophy for the premier series.

Hand-forged from machined aluminum, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup stands at an impressive 37 inches in height. The trophy also weighs in at 68 pounds. The craftsmanship of this trophy was handled by Jostens. This process took over 300 hours.

Displayed front and center on the trophy, in a hand-formed seal, is the new series logo. The famous Monster Energy claw design is on its base as well. But the wonderment and uniqueness of this crown jewel doesn’t end there. The cup portion of the trophy holds roughly 600 ounces of liquid. An amount equivalent to over 37 16-ounce Monster Energy drinks. Also proudly displayed on the cup are outlines for all 23 racetracks on the Cup Series circuit.

10 weeks of Playoffs will determine the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion. A field of 16 drivers will fight to decide the eventual winner. Round 1 of the title fight begins on September 17 at Chicagoland Speedway. The following 9 weeks include visits to 9 of the toughest racetracks in America, ranging from short tracks to superspeedways. The Playoff fight will come down to its final 4 combatants on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The most coveted trophy in stock car racing now has a large stature and revolutionary new design. This is a testament to the wide variety of changes NASCAR has undergone in 2017. Another fan favorite is retiring. In addition, stage racing has brought more excitement. And lastly, young guns are beating veterans.

In the past 3 seasons, there have been 3 different champions. Therefore, who will hoist this magnificent trophy on the championship stage in Miami? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure. Whichever driver and team wins this championship will have earned it. It is sure to be an entertaining and dramatic Playoff fight.