BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 8, 1999) Chevrolet Silverado brand manager Rick Scheidt announced the posting of a $25,000 contingency bonus, which will be paid if a Chevrolet team wins the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan Speedway.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 8, 1999) Chevrolet Silverado brand manager Rick Scheidt announced the posting of a $25,000 contingency bonus, which will be paid if a Chevrolet team wins the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan Speedway. "This July 24 race will be the first time the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks have come into our backyard and we'll have a lot of members of the Chevrolet truck family here at MIS to watch the action," said Scheidt. "We know that each and every Chevrolet driver and their teams give 110 percent effort preparing for each and every race and we wanted to add an extra incentive for this race right in our own backyard."
Chevrolet posts contingency money of $17,500 for each of the 25 races on the 1999 NASCAR truck schedule to be paid to Chevrolet drivers finishing in first, second and third place. A check for $10,000 goes to a winning Chevrolet driver with $5,000 and $2,500 to second and third, respectively.
The $25,000 award announce Thursday will be paid in addition to the regular first place award, making a first place Chevrolet win worth $35,000 plus other prize and contingency award money.
Another special Chevrolet award, the "Like A Rock Award," is an annual $50,000 check to the Chevrolet driver who completes the most total laps during the full 25-race schedule. This award is designed to reinforce the slogan long associated with Chevrolet truck promotion as "the most dependable, longest-lasting trucks on the road."
After 13 of 25 races, Andy Houston and his No. 60 Cat Rental Stores Chevy Silverado lead the "Like A Rock" competition by having completed 2376 of 2380 possible laps. Ron Hornaday's No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Silverado is second with 2363 completed laps. Jay Sauter's No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy Silverado is third with 2351.
Sauter was the 1998 winner of the $50,000 "Like A Rock" check, completing 4939 of a possible 4955 race laps.
Chevrolet has been a strong supporter of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since the first race in February 1995 when Mike Skinner won on the Phoenix one-mile oval. Skinner went on to win the first driver title and eventually to drive a Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Skinner's championship was followed by championship wins by Hornaday in 1996 and 1998 and Jack Sprague in 1997 -- four out of four. Sprague leads in driver points at the halfway point in the 1999 schedule.
Chevrolet has won four consecutive manufacturer titles in the series and leads in manufacturer points at the halfway point of the 1999 season.
Source: NASCAR Online