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

Mar 2, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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?

  1. justinnelson71 - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I think it awesome!

  2. ditto65 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Who cares?! When does F1 start?

  3. wethog66 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    I am neutral. I really don’t care either way.

  4. worknman24hours - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    In Germany, this is a standard way to display an awesome buck you got blessed enough to hunt and kill.

    The idea is to show the antlers in full head dress as well as the skull to show just how darn big the deer was alive.

    It’s a normal way to show an awesome kill for a hunter.

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