Total Prize Money for May Races Tops $14 Million
Nine races will be run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 20, and Sunday evening, May 29, with $14,010,052 up for grabs.
Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,279,649 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $118,520 more than was posted for last year's event and nearly two $2 million over what competitors raced for just five years ago.
"If one driver can win both the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 21, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29, he'll take home nearly $1.4 million," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "There are many drivers who ran their entire career and didn't make that much.
"We've seen an incredible amount of growth in the Coca-Cola 600 Month activities. The purses have soared and there are many more off-track attractions, all of which contributes to the economy of the Charlotte/Concord region."
Competitors participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NASCAR NEXTEL Open on Saturday night, May 21, will be competing for a record total of $4,138,400 with the Challenge winner guaranteed a minimum of $1 million.
In addition to the posted prize money, $1,780,853 in television awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge will be distributed through the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program.
NASCAR Busch Series drivers will compete for a record $1,155,088 during the inaugural nighttime running of the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday evening, May 28.
The Quaker Steak & Lube 200 presented by Click It or Ticket for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night, May 20, adds a record $502,682 to the till.
CRASHCars, a new division that is revolutionizing entry-level stock car racing, will be in action twice at Charlotte Motor Speedway during May, chasing $40,000 in prize money. The division's unique character cars will compete on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and again on Thursday night, May 26, following CTC Pole Night qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
Dirt-track racers will compete for a record $113,880 during two nights of action at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Advance Auto parts Modified Super DIRT Series will be in town Wednesday night, May 25, for the Ferris Commercial Mowers presented the Eckerd 75 with the steel head late models of the Dixie Thunder Series sharing the card. The late models of the O'Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series hit the clay on Friday night, May 27, for the Jani-King Southern Showdown with CRASHCars also in action.
Tickets for all May events, including the May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 29 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.