Daytona 500 purse a record $19 million
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)
The Daytona 500 will boast a record purse of more than $19 million, and the winner of NASCAR's biggest race is guaranteed a minimum $1.4 million.
NASCAR on FOX brings live coverage of the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Daytona International Speedway also announced Wednesday a $200,000 bonus for the driver leading at the halfway point of the race.
The ''Daytona 500 Mid-Race Leader Award'' will not be automatically awarded if the race is under caution at lap 100. The bonus will then be rolled over and paid to the driver leading the race at the completion of the fifth consecutive green flag lap following the caution.
Daytona president Joie Chitwood believes the bonus is incentive for drivers to race up front and not lay back in the Feb. 26 season-opening race.
Coverage of the Daytona 500 is scheduled to begin at noon ET live on FOX.