Darlington fan to win Southern 500 trophy

(Source: Showtime Networks)
(Source: Showtime Networks)

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - This year's Darlington 500 winner will not be the only person going home with the top prize. One lucky NASCAR fan will get one, too.

Darlington Raceway and Showtime will award an authentic Johnny Mantz Showtime Southern 500 trophy to a lucky fan. The trophy is identical to the one awarded to the race winner.

"The Johnny Mantz Showtime Southern 500 trophy really tells the story of Darlington Raceway," said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. "Adding your name to this trophy is a huge accomplishment for a Sprint Cup driver. This trophy is one of the most coveted pieces of hardware a Sprint Cup driver can win and will certainly make a great show piece for one lucky fan."

The trophy is being given away as part of an Ultimate NASCAR Experience at the Southern 500. In addition to the trophy the winner will also receive roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, VIP access at the track including suite access for the race and of course access to Gatorade Victory Lane.

To enter the sweepstakes fans can visit http://sports.sho.com/500sweeps/.

"This is really the ultimate prize for any race fan," said Browning. "The winner will receive VIP treatment at the track and be presented with their replica Johnny Mantz Showtime Southern 500 trophy in victory lane just like the winning driver."

The trophy features the name and image of every driver to win the famed event, including the trophies namesake, Johnny Mantz, the winner of the first Southern 500 in 1950. The trophy stands approximately 3' tall and weighs 50 pounds.

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