BUSCH: 2003 payout report

Series champion one of five to exceed $1 million in season winnings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2002) -- NASCAR Busch Series 2003 driver champion Brian Vickers won a total of $1,987,255 for his efforts this season, with the bulk...

Series champion one of five to exceed $1 million in season winnings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2002) -- NASCAR Busch Series 2003 driver champion Brian Vickers won a total of $1,987,255 for his efforts this season, with the bulk coming from his race winnings ($1,112,255) and his share of the series point fund ($855,000).

The balance of Vickers' season total came from $20,000 via various contingency awards. Vickers captured the 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Award, worth $10,000 and the Goodyear Tire Award, worth another $10,000.

Other season wrap-up, money-related highlights:

* Four other NASCAR Busch Series drivers exceeded $1 million in race winnings -- series runner-up David Green ($1,135,360), fourth-place Bobby Hamilton Jr. ($1,167,465), fifth-place Jason Keller ($1,117,840) and sixth-place Scott Riggs ($1,122,030).

* Keller, whose total payout of $1,488,340 places his career winnings at $8,050,615, is the NASCAR Busch Series' all-time leading money winner.

* The $5,700,000 point fund included a $2.9 million contribution from series sponsor Anheuser-Busch. It's the largest points fund in the 22-year history of the NASCAR Busch Series. Anheuser-Busch's commitment has more than quadrupled since 1998, when the company contributed $650,000 to the point fund.

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