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NASCAR increases Martinsville's Cup purse by $300,000, up $6 million over the Xfinity Series

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After the controversial race in Richmond last weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series has another short track race at Martinsville Speedway. Because the short track events have been so exciting and eventful so far, the Cook Out 400 is expected to provide fans with even more interesting stories and moments.

As drivers compete for points, the financial incentives will give drivers an additional incentive to do their best during the race. Speaking of prize money, NASCAR has decided to stick with its trend and increase the prize money for the Martinsville race.

The purse for the Martinsville Speedway race weekend has been announced

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The 2024 Cup Series season has proven to be a success in terms of attracting consistent TV viewership. This positive run has allowed NASCAR to spend better prize money on this season's events, and heading into the weekend in Martinsville, NASCAR has further improved its offering compared to last season.

NASCAR journalist and FOX reporter Bob Pockrass shared the prize money value for all three NASCAR events this weekend via his X account. “Purses for Martinsville. All payouts, all positions, including year-end points fund contribution, contingency bonuses, etc… and for the Cup, payouts to each charter team for participation and historical performance payouts: Cup: $7,669,028, Xfinity: $1,507,074, Truck: $746,572 .”

Last year's Cook Out 400 event at Martinsville offered a payout of $7,324,203. Comparing last year's numbers to this year's prize money, NASCAR increased winnings by $344,825, which is a big jump indeed. Additionally, it's a big difference compared to this year's Xfinity Series event, with the Cup event being $6 million more expensive.

Given the close competition among drivers, it is indeed difficult to predict who will take home the prize money and trophy for Sunday's race in Martinsville.

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Leaders winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway

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If there is one driver who has cracked the recipe for success in short distance racing this season, it is Denny Hamlin. With the perfect setup and driving conditions, Hamlin is certainly one of the top contenders to win Sunday's race. Last season he managed to finish in the top five in both races, but this time he would be looking to end his local race with a win.

Next we have Martin Truex Jr., who must be doing terribly after failing to secure his win at Richmond Raceway. Although he was unable to secure a win, the No. 19 JGR driver sits at the top of the Drivers' Championship, making him one of the favorites to win given his consistent performance and good track record locally.

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Kyle Larson is another driver who can make a case for victory at Martinsville. The No. 5 HMS driver sits second in the drivers' standings, 14 points separating him from Truex Jr. He has two top-five finishes in his last three starts locally, including winning last season's spring event . So there is a worthy Chevy driver who can counteract the aggression that the JGR Toyota has shown in recent races.

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