A record $12,985,818 in posted awards awaits competitors in seven divisions during the Coca-Cola 600 Month of May racing activities at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

The total is $2,024,494 more than for the track¿s May races just one year ago and represents an increase of more than $8 million over what competitors raced for in the 1998 events.

¿We paid just over $79,000 to the 60 competitors in the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 in 1960¿and we thought that was a lot of money!¿ said Lowe¿s Motor Speedway Founder and Chairman Bruton Smith. ¿But this year¿s prize money numbers are staggering. The purse for the Coca-Cola 600 alone is more than $5 million.¿

In fact, the posted awards for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 25, top the $5 million mark for the first time as competitors will be competing for $5,396,853 in stock car racing¿s longest event. The prize money represents an increase of $590,039 over the 2002 race.

The biggest jump in posted awards will be realized by NASCAR Winston Cup competitors participating in The Winston and The Winston Open on Saturday night, May 17. A total of $3,870,000 will be on the line in the two races with The Winston winner guaranteed to take home $1 million. The Winston and The Winston Open combined to pay $3 million last year.

In addition to the posted prize money, $1,780,853 in television awards for The Winston will be distributed through the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program.

Topping the $1 million mark for the first time, NASCAR Busch Series drivers will battle for $1,034,631 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, May 25.

The inaugural Hardee¿s 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night, May 16, adds $473,250 to the till.

ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors will be chasing an event record purse of $224,011 when they take to the 1.5-mile superspeedway during CTC Pole Night Thursday night, May 22, for the ADG 100 presented by EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts.

Prior to The Winston, the NASCAR Goody¿s Dash Series drivers will compete for an event record $92,575 in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100.

The O¿Reilly World of Outlaws sprint cars return to The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway for two nights of competition Friday and Saturday, May 23-24. The 800-horsepower machines will be joined by the 600 Racing Thunder Roadsters with a total purse of $113,645 on the line in the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown.

Tickets for all May events are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.