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Many thanks to John-David Rusk, who found this information for me on NASCAR Online.
Here's some of the awards and incentive programs, and how to qualify for them:
Unocal 76 Challenge ($7,600/race since last claimed) NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus ($10,000/race since last claimed) Gatorade Front Runner ($10,000) MCI Fast Pace Award ($5,000) RCA Pit Strategy Award ($5,000) Opryland Great Entertainment Award ($4,000) Plasti-Kote Winning Finish Award ($3,000) True Value Man of the Race ($2,000) Western Auto Mechanic of the Race ($2,000) Exide All Charged Up Award ($2,000) Raybestos Top-Stopper Award ($2,000) Goody's Headache Award ($1,500) NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Race ($1,000)
The Busch Pole Awards are sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., through its Busch brand, the Official Beer of NASCAR. Throughout the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, this program will award $5,000 to the winner of each Busch Pole Award.
The driver who wins the most Busch Pole Awards also will win an additional bonus of $30,000. Another $10,000 will be awarded to the that driver's crew chief.
Each Busch Pole Award winner also automatically recieves an invitation to compete in the Busch Clash, a rich 50-mile race held exclusively for the previous year's Busch Pole Award winners and two other selected drivers.
Western Auto, the Official Parts and Service Store of NASCAR, rewards NWCS racing's top mechanics through the Mechanic of the Race and Mechanic of the Year Awards. A special committee determines the Western Auto Mechanic of the Race for each NWCS event and the winner receives a $2,000 bonus. The Mechanic of the Year Award is based on a special point system which, in turn, is based on starting and finishing positions throughout the year. The mechanic who picks up the most points wins the $25,000 Western Auto Mechanic of the Year Award.
The RCA Pit Strategy Award honors the crew chief of the team which displays the best strategy during each of the 31 point events on the NWCS schedule. Selected by a special media panel, the weekly award is worth $5,000. The crew chief with the most awards at the end of the season will collect an additional bonus from RCA and Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.
Any driver who uses Unocal oil and lubricants in his NASCAR Winston Cup Series car is eligible for the Unocal Contigency Point Fund Award. Award winners are determined by the NWCS points accumulated by each driver. The NWCS driver who meets the program's stipulations and finishes highest in the final standings wins $100,000 from Unocal. The second-place finisher will win $50,000 and third place will receive $25,000. In addition, Unocal, the Official Fuel of NASCAR, awards a $25,000 gasoline contingency award to the NWCS champion.
The Rookie of the Year is given to the first-year driver who earns the most points based on their finishes in relation to one another. Points are based on each driver's best 15 finishes. Bonus points are awarded for top-10 finishes and standings in the NASCAR Winston Cup points at various times during the season. Points also are awarded on a subjective basis in various areas from a special rookie panel at the end of the season. The winner is awarded $25,000.
Sponsored by Quaker Oats Company through its Gatorade Sports Beverage, the Gatorade Front Runner Award includes all NASCAR divisions. The leader at the halfway mark of each NWCS race receives $10,000 from Gatorade. In addition, a $50,000 bonus will be awarded to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point leader after the 16th race of the season, which signifies passing the schedule's halfway mark. Gatorade is the Official Sports Beverage of NASCAR.
Plasti-Kote, the Official Spray Paint of NASCAR, presents a $2,000 Winning Finish Award to the crew chief of the winning car in each of the 31 NWCS events. In addition, Plasti-Kote will present $38,000 in Quality Finish Awards at the conclusion of the season to the crew chiefs on the top three teams that post the best average overall finishing positions in 31 NWCS races this season.
There are others, I know, and as I find out about them, I'll send 'em along.
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