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?