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Record purse and halfway bonus for Daytona 500

Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:34 pm
Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fifty fourth annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET) – NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race – will carry a record purse of more than $19 million as well as a new contingency award that will payout $200,000 to the driver leading at the completion of Lap 100.

The posted awards for “The Great American Race” are $19,142,601 with the winner collecting a minimum of $1,431,325. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,050,075, $759,600, $609,900 and $486,550.

The Daytona 500 Mid-Race Leader Award will reward the driver leading the midway point of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race with a $200,000 bonus. If the race is under caution at Lap 100, the leader of the race at the completion of the fifth consecutive green flag lap following the caution will receive the award.

“There is plenty of incentive for drivers to run up front the entire race but even more so at the halfway point and the last lap of the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This year’s ‘Great American Race’ stands to be one of the most exciting and thrilling ever seen, and will serve as a great kick-off to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”


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Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:50 pm

Record purse and halfway bonus for Daytona 500

I've always said that the recent 2 car tandem racing is more akin to a Joie Chitwood stunt show. 
;Precision driving.

The $200,000 bonus will likely guarantee a "big one" midway throught the race. I wonder how the mega teams are going to handle this new wrinkle? It ought to be interesting.

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:03 pm

Record purse and halfway bonus for Daytona 500

I think thats alot of money for one person to win the Daytona 500 on Sun,Feb 26/2012.The Great American Race is $19,142,601 with the winner collecting a minimum of $1,431,325 and the second,third,fourth and fifth place finishers at the Daytona 500 will receive of$1,050,075,$759,600,$609,900 and $486,550 and i believe it go higher by next year and at the 200-lap,500-mile race with a $200,000 bouns as well is to much for one racer in the big race.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:20 pm

Record purse and halfway bonus for Daytona 500

WOW thats a lot of samolians!!!!

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