Purse Takes Big Jump At Texas

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Texas Motor Speedway, which offers the NASCAR Winston Cup Series’ third-largest purse, has increased the total posted awards for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 and the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series again this year. More than $7.3 million will be up for grabs during the four days of racing.

The Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, March 30, passed the $6 million mark, jumping to a record $6,047,759 in prize money -- up more than $560,000 from the $5,487,422 awarded in 2002. The Saturday, March 29, O’Reilly 300, traditionally one of the richest races on the NASCAR Busch Series, is offering $ 1,284,492 -- up from $1,197,691 last year.

“Texas Motor Speedway hosts two of the largest events in NASCAR with our Busch and Winston Cup races each and every year,” said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. “The purse for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 alone has increased more than one-million dollars over the past two years. We work very hard to accommodate not only our fans, but the teams participating as well. It’s easy to see why the drivers put such importance on racing at Texas.”

Since the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup race at Texas in 1997, the purse, which at $3,802,255 was then the fourth largest in the series history, has steadily grown to the third largest purse of the season. The NASCAR Busch Series event, which offered $783,150 in prize money back in 1997, has also consistently provided one of the biggest series paydays of the year.

1999 Texas race winner Terry Labonte, driver of the #5 Kellogg’s/got milk? Chevrolet, helped with the announcement. The $376,840 in prize money Labonte won for his victory Texas Motor Speedway remains the largest single-race payday of his career.

"I'm excited about coming back down here,” said Labonte. “The track is great and the fans are, too. I'll never forget all of 'em standing in the grandstands and waving anything they could get their hands on when I took the checkered flag to win here in 1999. That's still one of the biggest thrills of my career and nothing would make me happier than to feel that same type of excitement again. I want to be the first two-time Winston Cup race winner at Texas."

For ticket information, contact the speedway ticket by calling (817) 215-8500 or go online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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