FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 22, 2001) - When drivers line up to take the green flag in next week's NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, they will be competing for two of the largest purses on either NASCAR circuit.

The Harrah's 500 Winston Cup race on Sunday, April 1, will offer a record $5,038,203 in prize money -- up more than $700,000 from the $4,326,666 awarded in 2000. The Saturday, March 31, Jani-King 300, annually one of the richest races on the Busch Series, is offering $1,123,496 -- up from $1,060,821 last year.

"Each year, Texas Motor Speedway is proud to present two of the largest events in NASCAR with our Busch and Winston Cup races," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "With more than a million dollars at stake in the Jani-King 300, and more than five million dollars on the line for the Harrah's 500, it is very clear the importance the drivers put on competing here."

Since the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup race at Texas in 1997, the purse, which at $3,802,255 was then the fourth largest in the series history, has steadily grown. The NASCAR Busch Series event, which offered $783,150 in prize money back in 1997, has also consistently provided one of the biggest series paydays of the year.

"Things truly are bigger in Texas," said Gossage.

Tickets for all RPM Week-Texas races, including a limited number for the Sunday, April 1, Harrah's 500, are on sale seven days a week at the speedway ticket office by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com, and at all participating Ticketmaster locations.

-TMS