Truex Jr. Collects Record Payout

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Martin Truex Jr. received a series single-season record payout of $3,123,692 for winning the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series driver championship. Truex collected over $1.5 million in race winnings as well as his share of the series point fund, $1,433,288.

The series’ $7.1 million point fund includes a record $3.7 million contribution from series sponsor Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to the NASCAR Busch Series will increase again for the 2006 season, exceeding $4 million.

Truex is the first driver in the 24-year history of the series to total over $3 million, and bettered the previous single-season winnings mark he set last year which was at $2,537,171. In 84 career series starts, Truex has totaled $5,907,470, the most for a driver with so few starts and seventh all-time.

The balance of Truex’s total – $114,000 – comes via various contingency awards which include: the Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award which awarded $20,000, the Goody’s Headache Powder Award which awarded $5,000, the Goodyear Tire Award which awarded $20,000, the Mobil 1 Command Performance Award which awarded $20,000, the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award which awarded $16,500, the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award which awarded $12,500 and the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award which awarded $20,000.

In addition to Truex’s record mark in 2005:

  • Series runner-up Clint Bowyer nearly joined Truex in the $3 million club, earning $2,831,236, a record amount for second place.

  • A series record 17 drivers exceeded $1 million in winnings this year, including a record three Raybestos Rookies (Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Reed Sorenson).

  • Jason Keller’s total payout of $1,074,447 builds on his title as the NASCAR Busch Series’ all-time leading money winner with a career total of $10,470,071. He is the first driver in series history to surpass $9 and now $10 million.

  • The series’ largest-ever purse was paid at Daytona last February – $2,412,152.

    Note: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Truex's co-owner, was at the banquet wearing a cast and a sling on his left arm. He had a minor surgical procedure done that morning to remove calcium build-up in his wrist.
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