Big bucks are made in NASCAR

NASCAR racing is not just about the trophy and paycheck. There are a lot of special awards given out.

Some of them are presented during the victory lane ceremony at the end of each race, which often makes the ceremony last a while.

The first award, presented before the race even begins, is for the Coors Light Pole winner. The fastest qualifying time gets a check for $5,600. The driver with the most poles at the end of the season will get a bonus of $100,000.

DIREC TV sponsors an award for the crew chiefs, determined by averaging each crew's driver's qualifying and race finish positions. The crew chief receives a check for $5,900 and, at the end of the year, one is named the DIREC TV Crew Chief of the Year and will receive $121,054.

The Dow Automotive Strategic Call of the Race Award is given to the team that makes the best strategic call during the race as determined by NASCAR. That pays $6,000 and, at the end of the year, the team with the most awards will get a bonus of $100,000.

The Goodyear Gatorback Belts Fastest Lap Award goes to the driver with the fastest lap while leading the race and comes with a $5,600 cash prize. The driver with the most wins will get a $100,000 bonus.

The Goodyear Tires Award goes to the Sprint Cup series champion at the end of the season. It comes with a check for $45,000.

Mobile 1 Oil Command Performance Driver of the Race Award goes to the winner of the race or the highest finishing eligible driver. The decal on the race car has to be displayed in a specific location on the car in order to be eligible. That pays $5,000 per race, with a bonus of $100,000.

The MOOG Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Award goes to the crew chief whose driver has improved the most from the first half of the race to the second half. The winner takes home a check for $5,200 and possibly a bonus of $75,000.

The $1,400 Sunoco Diamond Performance Award goes to the winner of each race. The Sprint Cup series champion gets a $100,000 bonus at the banquet in December.

Now, I didn't get to the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award and a few others but, trust me, they all pay big bucks.

Here are the results for our local drivers.

nStafford Motor Speedway: SK Modifieds: Doug Coby (22). SK Lights: Lauren Cooper (15), David Webb (17).

nWhip City Speedway: Peter Dance (5).

nLebanon Valley: Kyle Armstrong (6).

nThe Accord Speedway was rained out again.

The Sprint Cup guys are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday.