Kurt Busch walked away with the biggest payout for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, collecting $440,575 for the victory in Sunday’s Dickies 500.
But Busch wasn’t the biggest winner of the day.
Michael McGee, of Broken Bow, Okla., won $1 million in conjunction with the Dickies American Worker of the Year promotion. McGee, who was announced as this year’s winner Oct. 30 during the Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas, received $50,000 and a VIP trip for two to the Dickies 500. McGee, 25, had the opportunity to add $1 million by randomly selecting the winner of the Dickies 500.
During a press conference Saturday at the speedway, McGee would select one of 12 Dickies models carrying a number of each of the 12 Chase contenders. McGee decided to go with his lucky number seven for the model and she held the No. 2 of Busch. It appeared as if Kurt’s younger brother Kyle was going to spoil his day, but Kyle ran out of fuel while in the lead with three laps to go. Kurt inherited the lead and McGee suddenly found himself as a millionaire. His plans for his new-found wealth?
“I think I’d like to pay off my house and maybe start some sort of scholarship program for some kids going to college, maybe pursuing some type of career in agriculture,” said McGee, an agricultural teacher and horse training business owner. “At my age, it’s truly an honor to be recognized for my hard work and achievements from a respected company like Dickies.”
Helping McGee win $1 million also was a special moment for Busch. He said to help a hard-working individual like McGee “hits true to home.”
“I’m a working man’s man, one that goes out there and gets his hands dirty, wears Dickies clothes when I’m out hunting, working on the cars,” Busch said. “To have their type of program, it’s really neat to see what they’ve done for a special someone like Michael.”