This weekend a rare blue moon will take place in the asphalt Late Model world with huge money on the line for Pro Late Models at Jukasa Motor Speedway. The 200-lap event will pay $50,000 (CAD) to the winner, which translates to nearly $39,000 in U.S. dollars.
Sunday’s Canadian Short Track Nationals will be the richest Pro Late Model race ever and one of the richest races of the year in the asphalt world. This got us thinking about some of the biggest asphalt Late Model paydays over the last several years.
Our list does not include Modified events, K&N Pro Series or dirt events. We know the dirt world has the big bucks almost on a weekly basis.
Notable Asphalt Late Model Paydays
$125,000 - With the bonus for winning a race earlier in the season at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Rich Bickle, Jr. pocketed $125,000 for his 1999 Snowball Derby win. To add to the drama, Bickle was awarded the win after Bobby Gill was moved back due to a scoring error. Gill was also in line for the bonus.
$115,000 - Erik Jones earned a total of $115,000 when he won the Winchester 400 in 2015. It wasn’t that single victory that netted him that much money, it was the CRA Triple Crown bonus of $100,000 for winning the Battle at Berlin 251, Redbud 300 and Winchester 400 in the same season.
$100,000 - Sam Sessions won the only “Big Dawg Challenge” at Wiscasset Raceway (ME) in 2003. Sud’n Sam bested a field of 39 PASS drivers to win the 400-lap race and earn $100,000.
$75,000 - It was tagged “The Race” and the $75,000-to-win event at North Wilkesboro Speedway was a special memory for eventual race winner Chris Eggleston.
$65,000 - Clay Rogers won a Late Model Stock Car race at Concord Speedway and the victory was worth $65,000. Rogers said at the time it was the largest payday in Winston Racing Series history.
$52,150 - Dave Whitlock’s 1995 Oxford 250 victory is the richest in the history of the race. In 1995 and 1996 the race paid $50,000 to win.
$50,000 - Gary St. Amant won $50,000 at the 2000 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
$50,000 - Dick Trickle won the first World Crown 300 at the now defunct Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) way back in 1983. He took home $50,000 for the win.
$30,100 - Cassius Clark took home $30,100 in 2015 when he won the Irving Blending & Packaging 250 at Speedway 660 in New Brunswick. That amount consisted of a $15,000 base payday and $15,100 in contingency prize money.
$30,000 - The Winter Showdown at Kern County Speedway has moved up the list to a $30,000-to-win show. Without figuring in purses and lap money, this is currently the richest Super Late Model race in North America.
$25,000 - The Martinsville 300 Late Model Stock race and the Oxford 250 both pay $25,000 to win. Oxford has lap money which ultimately makes the check bigger at the end of the night. The Snowball Derby now pays $25,000 to win, as does the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway (WA).
Did we miss one? It's possible. If we did please let us know by emailing [email protected]
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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