Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns the ranking of the most wealthiest NASCAR driver, with an estimated net worth of $300 million. His career began in the late 90s and he quickly became a legend in the racing community. From 2003 to 2017, racing fans have selected Earnhardt Jr. as NASCAR'S Most Popular Driver every year consecutively. Earnhardt Jr. was the first to cross the finish line at the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s, and he won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR XFINITY Series titles. Over his whole career, he has won 50 NASCAR-sanctioned races. He also owns JR Motorsports, a professional race team.
Jeff Gordon is the second most wealthiest professional NASCAR driver as of 2020. His popularity and successes have enabled him to have his fortune, worth about $150 million. He was an integral aspect in having the sport reach mainstream media and Gordon became a household name. He is a four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, three-time Daytona 500 winner; he has amounted a total of 86 Cup victories in his career, ranking third on NASCAR's all-time list. Retired on the track, Gordon now is a NASCAR announcer on FOX Sports, sharing his experiences and driving knowledge with a large audience.
Jimmie Johnson is one of the richest professional stock car drivers, with a net worth of $120 million. His success on the track proves his worth; he has won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seven times and is the only driver in NASCAR history to win five titles in consecutive years. He began his career in 2002, and currently holds the record for most premier series championships, alongside Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. He was also named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2009, the only race car driver ever to be awarded this title.
Tony Stewart makes the list of the Top 10 Richest NASCAR Drivers because of his estimated net worth due to all of his driving successes. It is estimated that Stewart is worth approximately $70 million. Stewart has acclaimed great fame for being the only driver in racing history to win a championship in NASCAR, IndyCar racing, and Silver Crown cars. He has also won three NASCAR Cup titles, joining the ranks of only 15 other drivers to accomplish this feat, many on this list. Aside from his racing career, he also founded Tony Stewart Racing and became an owner of Eldora Speedway.
Mark Martin guarantees himself on this list because of his long-time success in the driver's seat in NASCAR. Martin is estimated to be worth $70 million, primarily from his racing fortunes, but also from his business ventures owning five car dealerships. On the track, Martin has been incredibly successful; he has won a total of 96 wins in NASCAR's national series. He retired in 2013, and in 2017, he was awarded a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On the showroom floor, Martin owns and operates five car dealerships, called Mark Martin Automotives, in three cities in Arkansas.
Kevin Harvick is a professional NASCAR driver with an estimated net worth of $70 million, enabling him to join the ranks of the wealthiest race car drivers. He earned most of his fortunes from all his wins on the race track. He has a total of 49 career NASCAR Cup Series victories, including wins from NASCAR's most-coveted tracks: Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400, and the Southern 500. He also has two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships and 47 Xfinity series wins. Harvick also was awarded the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion by President Obama and won an ESPY (ESPN's Sports Award show) for Best Driver.
A legend in this sport, Richard Petty has a current net worth of approximately $65 million even after retiring from NASCAR in 1992. Richard Petty grew up watching his father, esteemed stock car race driver Lee Petty, on the track and knew he wanted to continue in his shoes. In his entire NASCAR career, Petty has participated in over 1,180 NASCAR races, and was victorious in 200 of those races. He won the Daytona 500 on seven different occasions. He got inducted into the International Motorsport Hall of Fame in '97, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
Danica Patrick has broken record upon record in NASCAR history, acclaiming her great fame and great financial profits, with a net worth of approximately $60 million. She began her professional race car career with a bang. In her first Indy 500 race, she led 19 laps and finished in fourth place; she is the only woman to accomplish this. She continued to break more records in 2013 as the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole, setting the fastest qualifying 500 time, and proceeding to place in eighth. She also became the first-ever female to host the ESPYs. She is now retired and is the sole proprietor of a winery in Northern California.
Known for his bright yellow M&M; sponsor, Kyle Busch has an approximate net worth of $50 million from much of his successes and also his own motorsports racing company named after himself. Busch has had many successful runs on the race track, helping him grow his fortune. He has won 56 NASCAR Cup wins, and was the NASCAR Cup Champion in 2015 and 2019. In his NASCAR career, Busch has had 211 victories. Aside from driving, he founded Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2010, and has had many victories from that as well.
Ken Schrader began his stock car racing career in the early 1980s and has continued driving his passion today, acquiring a net worth of approximately $30 million through his career. During his three decades in the profession, he raced over 760 races. Schrader retired from NASCAR raceways in 2013, with many wins under his belt including the Busch Clash Winner in 1989 and '90, and the Daytona 500 pole winner in three consecutive years from '89-'90. He also won multiple awards including the 1980 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year, Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 1985, and the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Sportsman Award in 2009.
A NASCAR purse is the amount of money that can be allocated to the drivers after the race is completed, depending on where they place. NASCAR is not a "winner-take-all" sport; drivers earn money even if they did not place first. It is private information of how the money is distributed to the players, however, it was announced that the Daytona 500 purse will be the largest sum in history at $23.6 million.
The most popular and well-recognized NASCAR race track is the Daytona 500. This is a stock car race set for NASCAR, in which the drivers race around the track for 500 miles, hence the Daytona 500 title. The official title of the raceway is Daytona International Speedway, and it is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Kyle Busch will be the highest paid NASCAR driver for 2020, earning an approximately $17.8 million dollars for total earnings. His total earnings accounts for his combined winnings and salaries, and his endorsements. He received $16.1 in winnings and salaries, and an additional $1.7 in his endorsements and licensing deals.