Rock Lobster: New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Unique Trophy
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.
Clint Bowyer wasn't exactly sure what to do with his lobster when he won the Chase race in 2010.
An avid fisherman, Ryan Newman is used to scoring big catches like the one he took home in the summer of 2011.
Tony Stewart made it an all Stewart-Haas Racing feast by winning the Chase race in 2011.
Kasey Kahne's winning lobster had a claw nearly as big as Kahne's head in 2012.
Denny Hamlin was a little nervous holding the beast after his Chase win in 2012.
Hamlin's crew chief Darian Grubb had no issues, though.
Brian Vickers showed earlier this year that anyone can take home the lobster.
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.