Record $14 Million Purse for Coca-Cola 600 Month
The total is $1,069,987 more than was posted for the track¿s May races last year and represents an increase of nearly $8 million over what competitors raced for just five years ago.
¿There are some small countries that operate annually on less than $14 million,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿We¿ve seen an incredible amount of growth in the Coca-Cola 600 Month activities during the past 20 years. The number of races has increased, the purses have soared and there are many more off-track attractions, all of which contributes to the economy of the Charlotte/Concord region.¿
The biggest jump in posted awards is for the Coca-Cola 600 as NASCAR¿s longest race offers more than $6 million for the first time. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competitors will compete for $6,161,129 in the 600-mile event on Sunday, May 30¿an increase of $764,276 over last year.
Along with a new name, the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday evening, May 22, has an additional $225,000 in posted awards. Competitors participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NASCAR NEXTEL Open will be competing for a total of $4,095,000 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.
Topping the $1 million mark for the second consecutive year, NASCAR Busch Series drivers will battle for $1,099,766 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday afternoon, May 29.
The Infineon 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night, May 21, adds a record $489,966 to the till.
ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors will be chasing an event record purse of $252,941 when they take to the 1.5-mile superspeedway during CTC Pole Night Thursday, May 27, for the Quaker Steak & Lube 100.
Prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, the sub-compact cars of the IPOWER DASH Series will compete for $79,700 in the IPOWER DASH Series 75. Formerly sanctioned by NASCAR but now competing under the IPOWRacing banner, the DASH Series will be making its 19th appearance at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.
The late model stock cars of the O¿Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series make their first May appearance, competing in the May 28-29 Jani-King Southern Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. IMCA modifieds and Lowe¿s Motor Speedway¿s new Road Hawg division are also on The Dirt Track card which features a total two-day purse of $96,450.
Tickets for all May events are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.