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Too Tough to Tame 200
Darlington
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07-20-2005

Elvis Trophy Unveiled at Gates of Graceland
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Unique Award Will Be Presented to NASCAR Champions in Memphis

Memphis Motorsports Park's

Memphis Motorsports Park's "Elvis" trophy for the track's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Busch Series races for the next five years.
John Tucker / Memphis Motorsports Park Photo

Hollywood has Oscar. Broadway has Tony. The NHRA has Wally. And now Memphis Motorsports Park has Elvis.

In another display of the unique partnership between Elvis Presley Enterprises and Memphis Motorsports Park, officials from both organizations joined Memphis and NASCAR champions Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton, Jr., at the gates of Graceland today to unveil a one-of-a-kind trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the NASCAR races in Memphis.

But not indefinitely. Adding to the trophy's allure and intrinsic appeal to the racers is the fact that there will only be twelve produced over the next five years - one each for the winning drivers of the summer Craftsman Truck Series and fall Busch Series races, and one each for Graceland and Memphis Motorsports Park.

"This trophy is a signature piece that will stand alone in NASCAR's victory lanes," said Jason Rittenberry, Memphis Motorsports Park Vice President and General Manager. "Like our first-ever NASCAR night race this Saturday, the trophy is yet another chapter that we're proud to add to this city's storied sports history, and something that the track and Graceland will proudly display for all of our collective fans."

NASCAR duo Bobby Hamilton Jr. (Memphis Busch Series champion 2003) and Bobby Hamilton (Memphis Truck Series champion 2004) heft the new Memphis Motorsports Park NASCAR trophy, the first of which was unveiled at Graceland this morning and will be awarded Saturday night, July 23, to the winner of the O'Reilly 200

NASCAR duo Bobby Hamilton Jr. (Memphis Busch Series champion 2003) and Bobby Hamilton (Memphis Truck Series champion 2004) heft the new Memphis Motorsports Park NASCAR trophy, the first of which was unveiled at Graceland this morning and will be awarded Saturday night, July 23, to the winner of the O'Reilly 200 "under the lights" in Memphis.
John Tucker / Memphis Motorsports Park Photo

Bobby Hamilton, the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and winner of last year's O'Reilly 200, counts himself as one of those fans.

"I toured Graceland for the first time last week and was moved by it," Hamilton said. "It was by far one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I am excited to be a part of the unveiling of such a unique trophy for Memphis Motorsports Park and hope I can be the first to win it. The tie-in with Elvis is a great idea for the Memphis area and all of us Elvis fans out there. You bet we will be fighting for that trophy."

Likewise, Hamilton Jr., who is currently driving in the Nextel Cup Series and won the Memphis Busch Series race in 2003, is a fan of the idea and the area. "I have very fond memories of Memphis Motorsports Park and winning here, and the connection between racing and rock 'n' roll makes perfect sense to me."

The trophy design - 27 inches tall and 60 pounds of cast bronze - is based on the statue of Elvis that stands on Beale Street, the only statue ever officially commissioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

(From left) Jack Soden (CEO, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.), Memphis and NASCAR champions Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Bobby Hamilton, and Jason Rittenberry (VP & GM, Memphis Motorsports Park) unveil the track's new

(From left) Jack Soden (CEO, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.), Memphis and NASCAR champions Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Bobby Hamilton, and Jason Rittenberry (VP & GM, Memphis Motorsports Park) unveil the track's new "Elvis" trophy inside the gates of Graceland on Wednesday morning.
John Tucker / Memphis Motorsports Park Photo

"Elvis was a sports enthusiast, cars were one of his passions, and he loved Memphis. This award in his image embodies all three," said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. "Elvis is the face of our city, and you can see that in this unique trophy. Fans from around the world love Elvis, and now NASCAR drivers will have a chance to win the ultimate Elvis collectible."

Elvis Presley Enterprises is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and internet projects. EPE is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the Nasdaq National Market System (NMS) under the ticker symbol CKXE. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit elvis.com.

Bobby Hamilton Racing is headquartered in Nashville and has quickly developed into one of the most successful racing organizations in NASCAR. Four different drivers have won in BHR Dodges, posting over 70 top five's and over 135 top 10 finishes since the first full season in 1999. With eight wins in the last 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, BHR has established itself as a force to be dealt with each and every time the green flag falls for a NCTS race. In only 13 races of 2005, BHR has finished in the top 10 eight times, with seven of those coming from Hamilton himself. Five of those were top five finishes. For more information on BHR, visit bobbyhamiltonracing.com.

Memphis Motorsports Park is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 15 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn., and Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo.

The O'Reilly 200 will be the first-ever NASCAR race run at night "under the lights" in Memphis. A one-day event with practice and qualifying during the day on Saturday, the race will take the green flag Saturday night at 7:15 p.m., and the winner will receive the Elvis trophy sometime after 9:00 p.m.



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