Record Purse for Daytona 500
Feb 02, 2012
The 54th annual Daytona 500 -- 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 pay out $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 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 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."
*Story by Dave Rodman, NASCAR.com