NASCAR driver Kyle Busch takes home the unique glass trophy

On Sunday, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch won the Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International. Not only did Busch take the checkered flag, but he also was awarded this year’s glass trophy designed and crafted by Museum glassmaker Eric Meek.

Eric Meek presents the trophy he designed and made to NASCAR race winner Kyle Busch.

Eric Meek presents the trophy he designed and made to NASCAR race winner Kyle Busch.

Eric was at The Glen’s victory lane to present the trophy to Busch. His design for the modern glass sculpture references the blue rails of the track at Watkins Glen International and the lakes and waterfalls of the Finger Lakes region.

Glassmaker Eric Meek was at The Glen’s victory lane to present the trophy to race winner Kyle Busch.

Glassmaker Eric Meek (front right) was at The Glen’s victory lane to present the trophy to race winner Kyle Busch.

According to a statement by WGI, “It was redemption of sorts for Busch, who led the most laps during the previous two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at The Glen, but could not secure the top spot to claim the checkered flag in either contest.” The driver’s last win at The Glen was in 2008. Busch’s victory on Sunday put him in fifth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings.

This summer marks the second year of the partnership between the Museum and WGI. Last year, Marcos Ambrose took home the unique trophy.

Marcos Ambrose and Museum glassmaker Eric Meek.

Marcos Ambrose and Museum glassmaker Eric Meek.

Learn more about the trophy’s design.