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Stanley Cup gets a rival: Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 trophy traveling country on own tour

59th Annual DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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So what happens to the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy when its owner is out playing, er, racing?

It lounges in the hotel room. Although, maybe a better spot would be the pool, especially in Las Vegas.

The trophy’s tour continues with the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, but Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch admits plans are being made for additional trips for the trophy.

“Earl is going to have his own identity,’’ Busch said Friday of the Daytona 500 trophy. “I think he’s probably going to hit a blackjack table Sunday night after the race. Watch out, he’s going to bet all 500s. We’re just going to have fun with it. Go to the beach in LA. Go to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Ideas keep coming up.’’

Earl already has been busy on the tour scene.

Busch came up with the idea of a Stanley Cup-like tour of the Daytona 500 trophy after finding out only two copies of it are made — one goes to the winning owner and one to the winning driver. Busch had wanted to get additional copies for others. Instead, he’ll take the trophy to those and to fans.

You can follow Earl’s adventures across the country on Busch’s site.

Of course, what Earl needs are some social media accounts.

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