Myrtle Beach, SC -- If you see Kyle Shoemaker, Daniel Johnson and Gerald Davis trading paint at Peach State, don't be surprised. They won't be battling for the 2003 Hooters ProCup Championship or the $250,000 first-place check, but they...
Myrtle Beach, SC -- If you see Kyle Shoemaker, Daniel Johnson and Gerald Davis trading paint at Peach State, don't be surprised. They won't be battling for the 2003 Hooters ProCup Championship or the $250,000 first-place check, but they still have reason to perform well in the final Championship Series events.
The three drivers are currently outside of the top 30 in points. But if they can string together a couple of strong runs, the trio has a chance to move up in the point standings and--more importantly--the point fund.
Although the lions share will go to the champion, $645,000 will be paid out to the rest of the drivers in the top 40 in points after 2003 season finale at Lakeland.
If Shoemaker, Johnson and Davis finish the season in their current positions, they will take home $8,000 for their efforts. But if they move inside the top 30, an extra $2,000 will be added to their checks. Move inside the top 25 in points, and a $12,000 check will be waiting for them at the 2003 banquet. However, Shoemaker, Johnson and Davis will not be the only drivers looking the pad their wallets in the final two events.
Joel Kauffman is currently 20th in points. If the rookie stays there, he'll take home an extra $14,000 for finishing in the top 20. More than likely, Kauffman won't be looking to stay in his current position. Kauffman is just 28 points out of 15th position in points. If he gets there, he'll seize $15,000 from the point fund.
Every position from gained from 15th to 10th will add $1,000 to the driver's total winnings for the season. The driver who finishes in 10th in the final point standings will receive a $20,000 check.
With only 108 points separating the top 10 in points, most of the top drivers will be focusing on the $250,000 payoff. The money will only go to one driver, but being the first loser doesn't pay so badly.
The driver who finishes second in the Championship Series will get $60,000 from the point fund. Third position pays out $50,000, fourth position will net $40,000 and the driver who finishes fifth will take home $30,000. Drivers finishing sixth through ninth in points will receive bonuses ranging from $28,000 to $22,000.
In addition to the point fund payouts, a couple of drivers will have a chance to deposit additional checks at the conclusion of the season.
After winning two of the first three Championship Series events, Benny Gordon is eligible to win a $50,000 bonus if he can sweep the events at Peach State and Lakeland. The bonus money is part of The Four Champions Challenge, which pays a $100,000 bonus to any driver winning all five Championship Series events. Although no driver will snare the full bonus this season, the Four Champions Challenge also pays $50,000 to any driver that can win four of the five Championship Series events. Gordon is the only driver eligible for the $50,000 bonus. Gordon also stands to win an extra $10,000 for being the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year. If Gordon completes all these feats, the Ladson, S.C. driver could finish the 2003 season with nearly $400,000 in winnings.
If Shane Huffman can sweep the final two events, the Hickory, N.C. driver can win a $25,000 bonus as part of the Four Champions Challenge for winning three of the five Championship Series events. And if he does that, he surpasses the $400,000 mark for the season.