Big payday awaits drivers at Daytona 500

The total purse for the 2002 Daytona 500 is reported to be an all time record that will exceed the twelve million dollar mark, breaking down to an average of five hundred dollars per car, per lap. This year's winner can expect to receive a check...

The total purse for the 2002 Daytona 500 is reported to be an all time record that will exceed the twelve million dollar mark, breaking down to an average of five hundred dollars per car, per lap.

This year's winner can expect to receive a check for a minimum of one million, three hundred thousand dollars -- astounding, when compared to Lee Petty's Inaugural prize in 1959 of little over nineteen thousand dollars.

Of the sixty-nine drivers who competed in Winston Cup in 2001, thirty-four of did not earn that amount in the entire season

The purse at Daytona is reflective of the significance of the event.

The running of the Five Hundred is one of the top three sporting events in the United States. The Super bowl and the Brickyard Four Hundred are the other two events that top all others in spectators and television viewer ship.

Most significant, is that each of these events generates a tremendous economic impact to the communities that call them home.

The minimum a driver will receive for qualifying (finishing forty third) for the event is one hundred and fourteen thousand.

Compared to what Steve Park took home for winning the second race of the season in 2001(Rockingham), was one hundred and forty four thousand it is easy to understand the importance of this event.

The immensity of Daytona lives up to what speedway president John Graham call "The Crown Jewel of Motorsports." The race is to motorsports what the World Series is to baseball, the Kentucky Derby to equestrians, and the Final Four to college basketball.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Steve Park , John Graham , Lee Petty