Record $14.5 Million Purse for May Races
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will battle for a record $6.5 million during the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway while total posted awards for the track's schedule of May events is more than $14.5 million.
Eight races will be run at Lowe's Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 18, and Sunday evening, May 27, and each carries a record purse with a total of $14,524,532 up for grabs.
Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,569,628 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $136,947 more than was posted for last year's event and $4,481,404 more than competitors raced for in the 600-mile event 10 years ago.
"If you were to lay $100 bills end to end around the race track, it would take a line of money stretching more than 14 miles, or nearly nine and half laps, to equal the prize money for our May races," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "And those are $100 bills, not ones!
"But with most of the race teams based here in the Charlotte/Concord area, our races are always about much more than the money," Wheeler added.
"In addition to the trophy, a victory here comes with bragging rights and a great deal of pride for the entire team."
Competitors participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NEXTEL Open on Saturday night, May 19, will compete for a record $4,264,364 with the Challenge winner guaranteed a minimum of $1,011,125. 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 battle for a record $1,249,138 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night, May 26, and the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 presented by Circle K NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday night, May 18, adds $544,474 to the total prize money.
SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Series competitors will race for $30,125 during CTC Pole Night on Thursday, May 24, and the inaugural Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs race prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 19, is worth $10,000.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday night, May 25, for the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown. The late model stock cars of the Goodyear Fastrak Challenge are also on the card and the two divisions will race for $75,950 in posted awards.
Tickets for all May events, including the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online.