Not only has Lowe's Motor Speedway posted record purses for its three races in October, but the speedway is also participating in helping a stuntman set a world's record. Track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler announced a combined purse of $3,113,408 for October.
The purse in the Oct. 10 UAW-GM Quality 500 Winston Cup race has been raised to $2,119,002. In comparison, in the inaugural October race in 1960, winner Speedy Thompson earned $11,550 from a $65,489 purse. The purse for the All Pro Auto Parts 300 Grand National race has been raised to $800,657 while the purse for the EasyCare 100 Automobile Racing Club of America series race has been set at $191,249.
Before the start of the UAW-GM Quality 500, stuntman Mark Hager will attempt to jump 500 Harley-Davidson motorcycles in a Winston Cup series Chevrolet Monte Carlo. In doing so, he hopes to break the jumping record of 283 feet set in 1991 at the speedway by Brian Carson.