Big Names, Big Dreams and Big Purse at Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (July 29, 2011) – The most prestigious Legend Car event in the country, the Legends Big Money 100, is coming up Monday and Tuesday on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile oval. Below are some big stories leading up to the event that boasts a $100,000 purse.
David Ragan among Those to Watch in Legends Big Money 100
The largest Legend Car event of the year, the Legends Big Money 100 held Aug. 1-2, is set to bring out some of the most popular names in grassroots racing. Drivers to watch on Monday and Tuesday include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Darrell Wallace Jr., Kevin Harvick, Inc. development driver Gray Gaulding and last year’s Legends Million winner Daniel Hemric, who recently returned to the driver’s seat of his Legend Car after undergoing knee surgery in May. Doug Stevens, the driver who led 89 laps of the Legends Million A-Main last year only to lose the lead to Hemric, will be returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway to see if he can claim victory in the Legends Big Money 100. Another favorite will be Sean Rayhall, the recent winner of the Legend Car Pro division championship in the 2011 Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SPEED to Televise Legends Big Money 100
SPEED, the nation's first and foremost cable television network dedicated to motorsports, will televise footage from the 2011 Legends Big Money 100 held Aug. 1-2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, on Sept. 18. The channel will air a 30-minute highlight show including commentary from SPEED personalities Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds as well as pit reporting by Derek Pernesiglio.
NASCAR’s Green Family to Compete in Legends Big Money 100
Members of one of the most recognized families in NASCAR will be competing in the Legends Big Money 100 on Aug 1-2. Tyler Green, who was the 2010 Legend Car Pro division champion at the Summer Shootout Series, has entered the prestigious race along with his father, NASCAR Nationwide Series veteran Mark Green and his uncle, 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Jeff Green. Austin Green, the son of 1994 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion David Green, will also compete in the Bandolero Bandits division of the Bandolero championship event held in conjunction with the Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Largest Purse for a Legend Car Event in the Country
The Legends Big Money 100 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 1-2 will boast the largest purse of the year for a Legend Car event and one of the biggest in all of grassroots racing. More than 200 competitors from 22 states and Canada will compete for a $100,000 purse with the winner of the Legends Big Money A-Main winner receiving $25,000 and the last place driver taking home $1,000. In comparison, the highly-competitive Legend Car Nationals has a purse of $30,000.
Former Legend Car Stars Now in NASCAR’s Premier Divisions
Before they made it big in some of NASCAR’s top divisions, several drivers honed their racing skills by wheeling Legend Cars in events around the country. 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Coke Zero 400 winner David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Reed Sorenson are among some of the drivers who have raced in Legend Cars. Ragan can still be spotted racing in the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be competing in the Legends Big Money 100, Aug. 1-2.
Legends Big Money 100 A-Main Format
The Legends Big Money 100 A-Main will be held on Aug. 2 and is scheduled for 100 laps. Competitors will complete time trials to determine their starting position in the heat races. Drivers will then progress to B-Mains based on their finishing position in the heats. The starting lineup for the A-Main will consist of top finishers in each heat race and the first-place finishers from the B-Mains. A total of 30 competitors will race in the Legends Big Money 100 A-Main event. Caution laps will count during the first 50-lap segment. At the completion of Lap 50, the field will be given a 10-minute break to add fuel, make adjustments, change tires and replace front and rear bumpers as necessary. When green-flag racing resumes for the final 50-lap segment, caution laps will not count.
Legend Car Drivers Travel Extreme Distances to Compete in the Legends Big Money 100
More than 200 competitors from 22 states and Canada will take to the track Monday and Tuesday for the Legends Big Money 100. Austin Reed, a native of Coto de Caza, Calif., will be among the drivers traveling the greatest distances with a trip of more than 2,000 miles. Kevin Foisy, of Clayton, ON, Canada, made the 900-mile trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Summer Shootout Series and will return for the Legends Big Money 100, Aug. 1-2.
The Legends Big Money 100 is a two-day grassroots racing spectacular featuring fierce competition among the nation's best Legend Car and Bandolero racers.
Competitors who register for the Legends Big Money 100 must register in one of three divisions: Young Lions/Semi-Pro, Masters or the Legends Big Money 100, which is open to all drivers.
Each division will run heat races and an A-Main race, with the Legends Big Money 100 A-Main serving as the grand finale of the two-day event.
For additional information on competitor registration for the Legends Big Money 100, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205.
Tickets for the Legends Big Money 100 are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under get in free.
For Legends Big Money 100 tickets, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.