Drivers will be competing for their share of nearly $8.5 million dollars during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Oct. 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. The awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Craftsman Truck Series races comprise a $6,559,125 purse announced for the two money-paying NASCAR events during the three days of racing at AMS. The weekend of racing will kick off Friday night, October 27 with Georgia-Pacific Qualifying, immediately followed by the Papa John’s Pizza Shootout ASA Southern Modified Tour event as they battle on the Thunder Ring, AMS’s frontstretch quarter-mile-oval. Racing action will heat up on Saturday, October 28 when the Crown Royal International Race of Champions season finale takes place, with an $880,000 purse up for grabs and a $1 million bonus going to the season champion. Following the Crown Royal IROC race, the Truck series will go door-to-door in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200, where drivers will vie for a record $528,620 purse. On Sunday, the stars of the NEXTEL Cup series will take on the 1.54-mile quad-oval in the Bass Pro Shops 500, battling for a record purse of $6,030,505. This year’s purse represents an increase of $842,159 over the 2005 edition of the Bass Pro Shops 500. When Fireball Roberts emerged victorious at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960, he took home $10,130, part of a $39,500 total purse for the Dixie 300. The winner of this year’s Bass Pro Shops 500 will take home a minimum of $314,700.