Record $14.2 Million Purse for May Races
Six races will be run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 19, and Sunday evening, May 28, and each carries a record purse with a total of $14,227,498 up for grabs.
Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,432,681 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $153,032 more than was posted for last year's event and $2,095,632 more than competitors raced for in the 600-mile event just five years ago.
"These are some impressive numbers as the prize money for our races continues to escalate, but money is only part of what these guys race for," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I think we could pay nothing for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the racing would be just as furious."
Competitors participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NASCAR NEXTEL Open on Saturday night, May 20, will be competing for a record $4,200,450 with the Challenge winner guaranteed a minimum of $1,005,000.
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 $1,227,316 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night, May 27, and the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday night, May 19, adds $524,098 to the total prize money.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, May 24, for the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown. The nomadic sprint car series' first appearance at the four-tenths-mile oval since 2003 will pay competitors $62,100.
Tickets for all May events, including the May 20 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 28 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.