Over $8.7 Million On the Line For Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
When Bill Elliott won his first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1985, he earned $59,800. Even if he finishes last in the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Elliott will take home a bigger paycheck.
A Georgia native, Elliott will make his 56th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, which will have drivers competing for more than $5.7 million in prize money.
In all, the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend purse has climbed to a record $8,785,920 million.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, Oct. 29, with the Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night, followed by the American Speed Association 150. The ASA series will end its season with a 100-lap shootout for prize money totaling $131,260.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, the NASCAR Busch Series¿ up-and-coming drivers will compete for a purse of $973,391 in the Aaron¿s 312.
Immediately following the Aaron¿s 312 will be the weekend¿s newest addition, the Crown Royal IROC season finale. Twelve drivers from different disciplines of auto racing will compete in this all-star event, battling for the $1.9 million champion¿s prize.
The weekend will culminate on Sunday, October 31, with the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, as NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers will be pushing their abilities as they battle for a record $5,781,269 in prize money. This year¿s total purse represents a 14 percent increase from last year¿s record amount.
And Elliott certainly wouldn¿t mind taking home the winner¿s cut of this purse, a 400 percent increase over his winnings two decades ago in Atlanta.
With over $8.7 million in prize money at stake this weekend, the racing action promises to be even more thrilling.
Great seats are still available for all three days of intense racing with weekend ticket packages starting at just $69. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.