Pepsi 400 Purse Exceeds 6 Million

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The stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will vie for a purse of more than $6 million under the lights at the "World Center Of Racing” in the 49th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7th at Daytona International Speedway.

The posted awards for this year’s mid-summer classic will be a record $6,202,439, an increase of almost $200,000. The posted awards for the 2006 Pepsi 400, which was won by Tony Stewart, was $6,074,820.

The winner of this year’s Pepsi 400 will collect a minimum of $284,550. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Pepsi 400 will receive a minimum of $195,575, $160,725, $131,425 and $118,725 respectively.

The posted awards for the Winn-Dixie 250 NASCAR Busch Series race presented by PepsiCo on Friday, July 6th will be $1,552,701.

"We are very excited about this year’s Pepsi 400 weekend," said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. "The stakes will be high and race fans will be able to experience one of NASCAR’s most exciting night races - the Pepsi 400 - as well as some of the special events planned surrounding the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008."

In the 49th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 7, Stewart will look to tie legend David Pearson's mark of three consecutive Pepsi 400 victories while 2007 Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick will attempt to become the fifth driver to sweep both NEXTEL Cup Series races at DIS and the first since 1975.

Also on tap for the Pepsi 400 Weekend will be the sixth annual Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race on Thursday, July 5.

Tickets to any of the 2007 Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available online at www.racetickets.com.

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