Daytona 500 Purse Exceeds 18 Million

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, America’s richest, 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. 18 will be $18,386,023. The posted awards for the 2006 Daytona 500, which was won for the first time by Jimmie Johnson, was $18,035,635.

The winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,443,250. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,041,525, $747,575, $593,550and $466,000 respectively.

Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be well compensated with a minimum of $226,295.

“The stakes will be high for this year’s Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Not only will the prestige of winning NASCAR’s signature event be on the line, competitors will also battle for an $18 million purse on the historic high banks of ‘The World Center of Racing.’”

Other purses for Speedweeks 2007 events are:

· ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $277,936

· Budweiser Shootout: $1,153,518 with the winner pocketing $215,000

· Gatorade Duel At Daytona: $1,350,000, $675,000 for each race

· Chevy Silverado HD 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $865,733

· Orbitz 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,596,288

Tickets to any of the Speedweeks 2007 events are available online at http://www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP

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