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?

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”