Austin Dillon’s deer skull hero card stand – cool or creepy?

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He may be a Sprint Cup rookie, but Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon has already proven he can stand out in a crowd with his omnipresent black cowboy hat.

He’s also standing out in another way: His wooden autograph “hero card” stand, which stands outside of his hauler in the Sprint Cup garage – and has a deer’s skull as its centerpiece.

NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello tweeted the proof this afternoon before The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:

At this point, it’s hard not to make a Shakespeare joke with this: “Alas, poor Bambi. I knew him, Horatio…”

It bears noting that Dillon has the same fondness for hunting that his grandfather and car owner, Richard Childress, has. Last November, Dillon and his younger brother, Nationwide Series driver Ty, took down a 13-point elk on a hunting trip in Wyoming.

But to some folks, a skull is still a skull and an unwanted reminder of one’s mortality in the great Circle of Life.

So, let’s put it to you race fans. Do you think Dillon’s deer skull card stand is awesome or does it give you the heebie-jeebies?

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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