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DICKIES 500 PURSE RICHEST IN CHASE HISTORY $6,815,880 Up For Grabs in Nov. 6 Inaugural Texas Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race FORT WORTH, Texas (October 25, 2005) - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced Tuesday that the...

DICKIES 500 PURSE RICHEST IN CHASE HISTORY

$6,815,880 Up For Grabs in Nov. 6 Inaugural Texas Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 25, 2005) - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced Tuesday that the inaugural Dickies 500 on Sunday, Nov. 6 will have a purse in excess of $6.8 million, making it the richest payout in the two-year history of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

The official purse totals $6,815,880 and eclipses the previous purse high for a Chase race by nearly $1 million, which was held by Atlanta Motor Speedway at $5,889,437 for this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

The Dickies 500 purse, in which the winner will collect $424,350 plus any additional posted awards and contingencies, also is the fourth largest for the entire 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.

"The Dickies 500 will offer the largest Chase purse ever, be held in front of the largest crowd in Chase history and be hosted in the largest market for any race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "These factors make this truly historic inaugural event even more significant for the drivers, teams and our fans."

The awards posted for the Dickies 500 trails only the Daytona 500, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Texas' April NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the Samsung/RadioShack 500.

Gossage made the purse announcement in the speedway's Victory Lane and was joined by former Texas Cup Series winners Jeff Burton (1997), Terry Labonte (1999), Matt Kenseth (2002) and Ryan Newman (2003) as well as 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte, the only two-time Cup pole-sitter (2003, '04) at Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition to the record-setting Dickies 500 purse, $1,150,720 will be awarded in the Nov. 5 O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Busch Series race and $543,771 in the Nov. 4 Silverado 350k NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

"More than $8.5 million will be paid to NASCAR competitors during the Dickies 500 race week," Gossage said. "The Dickies 500 race week offers our fans Texas' first NASCAR tripleheader weekend and will reward those that visit this Victory Lane handsomely."

Tony Stewart leads the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by 15 points over Jimmie Johnson after six of the 10 races. Newman is 63 points out of the Chase lead with Samsung/RadioShack 500 winner Greg Biffle 83 points behind.

Tickets are available for all Dickies 500 race week events. Tickets may be purchased daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215- 8500, online 24 hours a day at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson