MOBILE, Ala. – In just three seasons, the ARCA Mobile 200 Jukebox Trophy has become one of the most recognized and desired prizes in all of Stock Car racing.
Crosley Radio will once again present the winner of the second ARCA race of the season with a full-sized 42″ iJuke deluxe jukebox. The trophy has quickly joined the Martinsville grandfather clock, the Nashville guitar and Miles the Monster as one of the most unique prizes in motorsports.
“We like to think this is the coolest trophy in racing” event promoter Tommy Praytor told Popular Speed. “We really appreciate Crosley Radio providing this one of a kind trophy for our race. I’ve told the story several times but it’s really one of those things that just happened and it really fits our event.”
Praytor, who serves as the race strategist for his son — Thomas Praytor in ARCA, first came across the idea while his team was parked next to the Crosley team hauler two years ago at Daytona International Speedway. Crosley CEO Bo LeMastus is also a semi-regular on the tour and will compete in the Mobile 200 on Saturday.
One of LeMastus’ crew members pulled the iJuke out of the hauler for display and Praytor says he immediately knew that he had to make it the trophy for his signature event. LeMastus agreed and a deal was quickly put together.
The trophy is based on a nostalgic jukebox design but the interior is full of modern technologies like an AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3/WAV reader plus an iPod docking station.
The trophy has become such a hot commodity amongst the ARCA garage that even the defending tour champion, Mason Mitchell, has filed a one-off entry in the hopes of rocking out in Victory Lane.
“It’s simple, I want the jukebox,” Mitchell said. “Mobile has become the top short track on the ARCA schedule in a very short time. The trophy is the Martinsville grandfather clock of the ARCA Series.
“We learned a lot from last year and our short track program was really strong at the end of the year.”
Mitchell finished third in the Mobile 200 last season and should be considered one of the favorites alongside defending winner Grant Enfinger — the only competitor to have earned the jukebox, having won both events since it was first offered in 2013.
“It’s a really cool trophy,” Enfinger said. “I really take a lot of pride in racing at Mobile. As the only guy to have won the jukebox, we’ve been working really hard at the shop to keep it that way.”
The ARCA Mobile 200 is set for March 14 and is the second event of the 2015 season. The race will not be televised but complete flag-to-flag coverage of each track session on Friday and Saturday can be accessed on the ARCA Series website.
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