CONCORD, N.C. — Drivers competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series next year will have to make more room in their wallets.
The series is increasing its single-day and two-day event purses for the upcoming season, as well as the overall points fund payouts.
Every race will now pay a minimum $10,000-to-win and the points fund at the end of the season will award more than $730,000 – roughly a $90,000 increase from this year.
For the event purses, it’s not just the winner’s share that’s increasing. There are increases throughout the entire field.
Single-day events will payout more than $55,800 in total and will pay $1,000-to-start. Two-day events will payout more than $108,000 in total, with the first night paying $5,500 to second-place, $1,850 to 10th and $900 to start.
The second night will pay $6,000 to second, $2,000 to 10th and $1,000 to start.
“We’re excited to provide drivers and teams with an increased purse for the 2021 season, especially after the burdens COVID-19 placed on them in 2020,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “The increase is a representation of the series’ exciting continued growth, our commitment to our competitors and the growing support from the fans.”
The significance of the increase is not lost on the drivers either.
“Obviously, as a race car driver, trying to make a living racing, you want to race for the highest purses you can,” two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “I’m very happy that the World of Outlaws has taken the step to increase the purses. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
The championship will again payout $150,000 between the winning driver and team in 2021, but second-place and down will see significant increases.
Among the increases include second-place paying $100,000, third paying $60,000, fifth paying $50,000 and 15th paying $13,000.
Along with the purse increase, the 2021 season will see the return of several big-paying events, including the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway Aug. 11-14, which will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner.
A five-race “Showdown” event between the two-day (June 21-22) Huset’s 50 at Huset’s Speedway and the three-day (June 24-26) Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex will offer an extra $100,000 if a driver can win the finale of both World of Outlaws events.
The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, Fla.