Truex Jr. Collects Record Payout
December 9, 2005 | 3:46 P.M. EST
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:
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.