Unlike most sports, every single victory in NASCAR is accompanied by a huge celebration, and depending on the track, a neat traditional celebration and/or trophy. Here are 13 of them in honor of the the 20th running of the Brickyard 400 — whose champions kiss the bricks of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway — this weekend.
13. Polish Victory Lap
A Polish victory lap is when a driver turns his car around and drives in the wrong direction, which for NASCAR means clockwise. This one is last because it is mildly offensive to Poles, though we’re sure they’re used to it.
12. Steering Wheel Heist
When Joey Logano wins, he takes the steering wheel with him. Rumors that he sits in his bed at night holding them and saying “vroom, vroom!” are unconfirmed.
11. The Lobster Mash
Winners of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH take home a giant Loudon Lobster.
10. Victory O’Clock
The winner at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia gets a grandfather clock. That is badass.
9. The Prison Break
The climbing of the fence originally started with IndyCar Series driver Hélio Castroneves, but Tony Stewart has been doing this post-victory move since 2005.
8. Firing The Revolvers
After winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, it’s customary to fire blanks from six-shooters because Yee-haw!
7. The Locker Room
The champagne spray is normally reserved for championships, but for NASCAR, it happens in Victory Lane all the time.
6. Sonoma Drink of Wine
The Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 is held in Sonoma, California, so naturally, winners drink wine from the trophy.
5. The Victory Kiss
This isn’t necessarily a tradition, but it happens so often that it might as well be one.
4. The Backflip
Carl Edwards’ trademark move is a backflip off his car.
3. The Burnout
It’s a classic that never gets old.
2. The Patriotic Burnout
All the better.
1. Kissing The Bricks
In 1996, Brickyard 400 champ Dale Jarrett kissed the yard of bricks as a tribute to all the champions before him. Since then, it’s become a tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included a non-NASCAR celebration. (7/25/13)
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