Pepsi 400 at Daytona next chance for Winston No Bull 5 $1 Million bonus. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 28, 2002) -- Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon will have some extra incentive to win the 44th annual Pepsi 400...
Pepsi 400 at Daytona next chance for Winston No Bull 5 $1 Million bonus.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 28, 2002) -- Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon will have some extra incentive to win the 44th annual Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6.
Based on their top-five finishes in last weekend's 600-mile race in Concord, N.C., the five NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers can pocket the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus with a victory in the Pepsi 400. In addition, five fans once again will be paired with the five drivers and will also have the opportunity to win $1 million.
It's the second time the Winston No Bull 5, the richest single-season bonus program in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history, will be contested under the lights at the "World Center of Racing" in the Pepsi 400. The program was offered for the Daytona 500 between 1998-2000.
In last year's Pepsi 400, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Martin and Bobby Labonte were eligible, but none were able to bring home the checkered flag and collect the $1 million bonus. The Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus was awarded twice in the Daytona 500 (Gordon, 1999 and Dale Jarrett, 2000).
With his two Pepsi 400 victories in 1995 and 1998 and his two Daytona 500 victories in 1997 and 1999, Jeff Gordon is the only driver of the five eligible this year who has won a points race at Daytona International Speedway.
Gordon, who will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet with a patriotic Pepsi scheme in the Pepsi 400, has already won the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus four times.
he only other eligible driver who has previously won the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus is Martin, who captured it for the first time in his ninth attempt with a victory in last weekend's race.
raven, who wheels the No. 32 Tide Ford for PPI Motorsports, is looking forward to his first crack at the Winston No Bull 5 under the lights at Daytona.
I think they've done such a great job of lighting the Speedway," Craven said. "The only difference is you don't have the horizon. Anything from the wall on is dark. You don't have any distraction. It makes such a neat atmosphere. I know from a fan's perspective, you've taken a car that is traveling at 190 mph and made it appear 390 mph because the light has that affect. It's really cool."
Fans can see Martin, Kenseth, Craven, Rudd and Gordon compete for the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus in the Pepsi 400 by purchasing tickets online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.
Winston No Bull 5 Records Entering Pepsi 400
Mark Martin, Eligible nine times, won once
Matt Kenseth, Eligible twice
Ricky Craven, First time eligible for the Winston No Bull 5
Ricky Rudd, Eligible twice
Jeff Gordon, Eligible nine times, won four