Short takes from the midweek motorsports notebook:
Record purse announced at Charlotte
The Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will have a purse of $5,291,863, part of record $6.6 million up for grabs during the weekend of activities. The purse for the Cup race is $3,362,232 than the purse for the same race a decade ago.
Brienne Davis scholarship event is Wednesday
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Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Stremme, Ron Hornaday, Aric Almirola and other NASCAR drivers and celebrities will be locked up on Wednesday at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson.
The "Jail and Bail" charity event will raise money for the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund. Davis, a graduate of the Universal Technical Institute who went on to serve as a Sprint Cup Series official, was killed in an automobile wreck earlier this year. The scholarship fund will provide an opportunity for a female student to attend the NASCAR program at UTI's NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville.
Tickets are free to the first 1,000 who register online at nascar.com/foundation. Remaining tickets will be $5 at the event. An online auction of NASCAR memorabilia to benefit the scholarship fund runs through Oct. 15 at nascar.com/foundation.
DEI holding an autograph party
Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard, Aric Almirola, Regan Smith and developmental drivers for the company will sign autographs for race fans on Friday, Oct. 10, at Dale Earnhardt Inc. The first 300 fans in line at 8 a.m. will get wristbands for the autograph session beginning at 10.