NASCAR drivers competing in the March 18 Kobalt Tools 500, the March 17 Nicorette 300 and the March 16 American Commercial Lines 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be battling for nearly $7 million in posted prize money.

The awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series events are part of a $6,609,084 purse announced for the three days of racing that comprise the March 16-18 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend schedule of events.

This exciting weekend of racing will kick off Friday night, March 16 with Georgia Power NEXTEL Cup Qualifying night, immediately followed by the American Commercial Line 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, where the tough trucks of NASCAR will hit the 1.54-mile quad-oval and battle for more than half a million dollars.

Racing action will heat up on Saturday, March 17 when the NASCAR Busch Series regulars try and beat select NEXTEL Cup drivers in the Nicorette 300, with $1,115,577 up for grabs.

On Sunday, the stars of the NEXTEL Cup series will take on the high banks at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Kobalt Tools 500, racing for a record purse of $4,957,097.

Great seats are still available for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend, March 16-18. Contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849) or 770-946-4211.