If the total prize money for Lowe¿s Motor Speedway¿s UAW-GM Quality 500 Week Oct. 13-16 was laid end-to-end in $1 bills, the money would circle the 1.5-mile superspeedway nearly 402 times, covering almost 603 miles.

The record purse of $6,236,982 represents an 11.6-percent increase over the prize money posted just one year ago and is $2.5 million greater than what was paid for the October races in 2000.

¿There¿s no place like ¿home sweet home¿,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿With October¿s purse exceeding $6.2 million, we¿ve paid competitors more than $20 million to race in their backyard this year.

¿We¿ve got an action-packed week of diverse racing entertainment and it concludes with the excitement that round five of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup will certainly provide.¿

The UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 16, will be worth a record $4,936,541, an increase of $671,792 over last October¿s NEXTEL Cup event at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Featuring several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers battling the Busch Series regulars, competitors in the Lowe¿s presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 on Friday night, Oct. 15, will be chasing the lion¿s share of a record $1,121,281 in posted prize money and awards.

When the cars and stars of the American Speed Association make their Lowe¿s Motor Speedway debut in the Aaron¿s 99 during Bojangles¿ Pole Night Thursday, Oct. 14, they will be racing for a total of $138,260.

The second annual Mopar Sprint Car Nationals on Wednesday night, Oct. 13, 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 a record $40,900 in posted awards.

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