Bright lights and big bucks will be the theme as drivers participating in the UAW-GM Quality 500 Week events¿all of which will be run at night under the lights¿Oct. 8-11 at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway will be battling for a record purse of $5.5 million.

The total purse of $5,587,088 represents a nine-percent increase over the prize money posted just one year ago and is $1.9 million greater than what was paid for the October races in 2000.

The inaugural nighttime running of the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Saturday, Oct. 11, will be worth a record $4,264,749, an increase of $450,254 over last October¿s Winston Cup event at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Continuing its tradition as one of the most prestigious races on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule, the purse of the ¿Little Trees¿ 300 on Friday night, Oct. 10, tops $1 million for the first time. Featuring several NASCAR Winston Cup drivers battling the Busch Series regulars, ¿Little Trees¿ 300 competitors will be chasing the lion¿s share of $1,059,328 in posted prize money and awards.

When the cars and stars of the ARCA RE/MAX Series roll off the line during Bojangles¿ Pole Night Thursday, Oct. 9, for the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 150 season finale, they will be racing for a record purse of $224,011 in posted prize money and awards.

The inaugural Charlotte Dirt Doubleheader Nationals on Wednesday night, Oct. 8, at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway will see the USAC sprint cars and O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series late models compete for $39,000 in posted awards.

¿With the October races worth more than $5.5 million, total posted awards for our three NASCAR weekends this year topped $18 million,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿That¿s more than seven times what three-time champion David Pearson earned in 574 races¿and he won 105 of them!¿

Tickets for all UAW-GM Quality 500 Week events are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at