BUSCH: Biffle collects record payout at banquet

Biffle collects over $2 million in final NASCAR Busch Series payout. Series champion exceeds $1 million in both winnings, point fund award. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2002) - NASCAR Busch Series 2002 champion Greg Biffle earned a total of ...

Biffle collects over $2 million in final NASCAR Busch Series payout. Series champion exceeds $1 million in both winnings, point fund award.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 25, 2002) - NASCAR Busch Series 2002 champion Greg Biffle earned a total of $2,337,255 for his efforts this season, with both his race winnings ($1,275,410) and his share of the series point fund ($1,016,245) exceeding $1 million. This is the first time since the NASCAR Busch Series' 1982 inception that the series champion's total payout has exceeded $2 million. This also is the first year the champion's point-fund share exceeded $1 million.

The balance of Biffle's season total came from $45,600 via various contingency awards, including the season Bud Pole Award worth $20,000. Biffle, driving the No. 60 Grainger Ford owned by Jack Roush, had a series-leading five poles this season.

Other season wrap-up, money-related highlights:

* Two other NASCAR Busch Series drivers exceeded $1 million in race winnings - series runner-up Jason Keller ($1,146,220) and 10th-place finisher/Raybestos Rookie of the Year Scott Riggs ($1,010,950). Keller got $508,122 from the point fund.

* Keller was one of nine drivers to exceed $1 million in total payout, with $1,669,642.

* A total of 30 drivers received shares of a $5,081,223 point fund that included a $2.5 contribution from series sponsor Anheuser-Busch.

<pre> Point Driver Race Winnings Point Fund Other Award Total Awards Postions Winnings Awards Awards Type & Winnings 1 GREG BIFFLE $1,275,410.00 $1,016,244.62 $2,337,254.62 $10,000.00 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil Award 20,000.00 Bud Pole Award 10,000.00 Clevite Engine Builder Award 5,000.00 Goody's Headache Powder Award 600.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 2 JASON KELLER 1,146,220.00 508,122.31 1,669,642.31 15,000.00 Gatorade Front Runner Award 300.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 3 SCOTT WIMMER 900,306.00 431,903.96 1,332,409.96 200.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 4 MIKE MCLAUGHLIN 900,165.00 381,091.73 1,281,356.73 100.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 5 JACK SPRAGUE 773,610.00 330,279.50 1,103,989.50 100.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 6 JAMIE MCMURRAY 764,715.00 279,467.27 1,044,282.27 100.00 Goodyear Eagle Tire Award 7 KENNY WALLACE 654,145.00 228,655.04 882,800.04 8 BOBBY HAMILTON, JR 881,735.00 190,545.86 1,072,280.86 9 STACY COMPTON 696,785.00 165,139.75 861,924.75 10 SCOTT RIGGS 1,010,950.00 149,896.08 1,170,846.08 10,000 Raybestos Rookie of the Year 11 RANDY LAJOIE 873,815.00 144,814.85 1,018,629.85 12 TONY RAINES 673,720.00 139,733.63 813,453.63 13 TIM SAUTER 613,165.00 127,030.58 740,195.58 14 HANK PARKER, JR 710,221.00 121,949.35 832,170.35 15 JOHNNY SAUTER 867,045.00 124,489.97 991,534.97 16 SHANE HMIEL 644,425.00 60,974.68 705,399.68 17 ASHTON LEWIS 616,840.00 58,434.07 675,274.07 18 RON HORNADAY, JR 575,225.00 102,521.04 677,746.04 19 JEFF GREEN 587,315.00 201,306.10 788,621.10 20 LARRY FOYT 581,335.00 50,812.23 632,147.23 21 CASEY MEARS 576,180.00 576,180.00 22 KERRY EARNHARDT 622,131.00 622,131.00 23 TOOD BODINE 782,891.00 54,398.98 837,289.98 24 KEVIN GRUBB 530,126.00 530,126.00 25 KEVIN LEPAGE 622,300.00 35,493.84 657,793.84 26 JIMMY SPENCER 403,870.00 403,870.00 27 MICHAEL WALTRIP 445,575.00 445,575.00 28 RICKY HENDRICK 372,685.00 32,878.51 405,563.51 29 SHANE HALL 350,225.00 350,225.00 30 BRAIN VICKERS 288,325.00 288,325.00 36 JAY SAUTER 294,960.00 80,701.78 375,661.78 39 JEFF PURVIS 304,850.00 22,417.16 327,267.16 40 DAVID GREEN 217,510.00 8,966.86 226,476.86 44 LYNDON AMICK 196,310.00 15,692.01 212,002.01 51 TIM FEDEWA 154,710.00 5,828.46 160,538.46 68 ANDY HOUSTON 73,160.00 5,828.46 78,988.46 70 ELTON SAWYER 64,995.00 5,604.29 70,599.29 TOTALS 22,047,950.00 5,081,222.97 $71,400.00 27,200,572.97

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