500 Purse Exceeds 18 Million

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 48th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19, America’s biggest and most prestigious motorsports event of the year, will once again carry the biggest purse in the history of stock car racing at more than $18 million.

The posted awards for the “The Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 19 will be $18,029,052, an increase of nearly half a million. The posted awards for the 2005 Daytona 500, which was won for a third time by Jeff Gordon, was $17,623,980.

The winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,438,155. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,034,175, $741,325, $589,500 and $461,925 respectively.

Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be rewarded with a minimum of $224,665.

"The Daytona 500 is without a doubt the biggest motorsports event of the year," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "This year’s event will boost a substantial reward for all the competitors."

Other purses for Speedweeks 2006 events are:

  • ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $ 286,849

  • Budweiser Shootout: $1,119,920

  • GM Flex Fuel 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $835,651

  • Hershey’s Kissables 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,629,362
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