Monster trophies require space

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and crew chief Chad Knaus pose with the "Miles the Monster" trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 29:  (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and crew chief Chad Knaus pose with the "Miles the Monster" trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2013 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and crew chief Chad Knaus pose with the “Miles the Monster” trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. — Winners’ trophies at Dover are large. They feature track mascot Miles the Monster, a red-eyed creature of stone, poised to pulverize cars, atop a granite base.

Johnson says his collection of massive Dover trophies all reside in his “man cave.”

“It’s a big warehouse and I have a huge bar that I restored (with) a big top shelf,” Johnson says. “I think five of them are up there and others are scattered through this kind of pub area that I set up. They stand out. They’re a big trophy and they certainly draw a lot of attention.”

Kyle Busch captured his fourth Camping World Truck Series Monster trophy on Friday. They’re not quite as large as the Sprint Cup version, but nevertheless require dedicated display space that Busch has yet to establish in his home.

“Unfortunately, it’s quite expensive to build trophy cases,” joked Busch, who refers to his Monster trophies as a “family.”

“Some of them will have to live on the floor until we get a little further along. My big daddy Monster Mile Trophy (from Cup) – he’s in the trophy case.”

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