Danica Patrick 3 Races 3 Crashes
February 28, 2012 by staff
Danica Patrick 3 Races 3 Crashes, Martin Truex Jr. picked up a $200,000 bonus for Michael Waltrip Racing by leading at the halfway point of the Daytona 500. Truex passed Greg Biffle on lap 100 and held off the pack for the big paycheck.
NASCAR’s most prestigious race comes with a record purse of more than $19 million, and officials tweaked the payout rules this season to add more incentive to leading at the halfway point of the season opener.
The winner collects more than $1.4 million. Drivers, especially those driving for smaller teams, openly talked about going for the halfway bonus.
Former series champion Terry Labonte was going for it before he got spun out. That set the stage for Truex, who waited for his chance to make a move on Biffle before securing the bonus.
NASCAR’s television contract runs through 2014, but Fox Sports chairman David Hill said the network will begin its negotiations on an extension this season.
“You never stop negotiating,” Hill said. “But, it will start to get hot in the next three or four months.”
Fox shares the Sprint Cup Series schedule with TNT and ESPN. The network partnered with NASCAR in 2001 on a six-year deal, and extended once, by eight years, through 2014.
NASCAR chairman Brian France recently said the series is happy with its current television partners.
“My expectation is they want to renew their involvement with NASCAR, and my hope is at the right time we’ll figure that out together,” France said. “The sports landscape in general, as you know, has heated up quite a bit, so we will be in a good position at the right time. We’re having conversations.”
Fox broadcasts 13 points races on NASCAR’s 36-race schedule.
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