Daytona 500 Purse At 17 Million

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 47th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious event of the year, will carry the biggest purse in the history of stock car racing at more than $17 million.

The post awards for the "The Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 20 will be $17,623,980, an increase of nearly $2 million. The posted awards for the 2004 Daytona 500, which was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., was $15,972,313.

The winner of this year's Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,430,030. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,029,425, $736,625, $584,750 and $456,875 respectively.

Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be rewarded with a minimum of $219,931.

"The Daytona 500 is without doubt NASCAR's signature event and the 43-car field in this year's event will be paid handsomely for their efforts," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said.

Other purses for Speedweeks 2005 events are:
  • Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $305,507
  • Budweiser Shootout: $1,087,300
  • Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $807,103
  • Hershey's Take 5 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,409,495

    Tickets to any of the Speedweeks 2005 events are available online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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