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The 15 Richest NASCAR Drivers

Founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1947-48, the family owned and operated business venture NASCAR is now the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States. As for the drivers, they are also not the ones to sneeze at, most of whom are having both excellent racing performance and a large fortune. Now let us check out the 15 richest NASCAR drivers.

 

15. Jimmie Johnson – $40,000,000

 

Having won the Cup Series five times and the Daytona 500 twice, he has proved that he is a definite born racer. In addition to this, he is the first racing driver to become Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (U.S.). Moreover, he has also won Driver of the Year five times and he topped Forbes.com's Most Influential Athletes list for two consecutive years (2011, 2012).

 

14. Jeff Burton – $45,000,000

 

Having raced in NASCAR for over 22 years, Jeff Burton can be called a veteran driver. Of 693 races he participated in, he finished in the Top 10 254 times and won 21 times, which shows his consistent solid performance.

 

13. Carl Edwards – $50,000,000

 

Thanks to his marketability and driving success, Carl Edwards garners an annual income of over $20 million. He won the 2007 Busch Series Championship and has almost won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.

 

12. Kasey Kahne – $50,000,000

 

Over the span of 11 years in racing, Kasey Kahne completed a total 380 races, finishing top ten 143 times and collecting 16 wins. He was the Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2004 and he is a three-time Coca-Cola 600 winner.

 

11. Cale Yarborough – $50,000,000

 

In his 31 years of racing, Cale Yarborough has raced in 560 races, having a total of 83 wins and 319 top ten finishes. Besides, he is one of two drivers to ever win the Winston Cup Series three years in a row. And in 2012, he was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

10. Greg Biffle – $50,000,000

 

Greg Biffle drives No. 16 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. He is a champion in both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. And in 2002, he was voted the most popular racer in the Busch Series.

 

9. Matt Kenseth – $60,000,000

 

Over his 17-year racing career, Matt Kenseth has competed in 528 races, winning the Daytona 500 twice as well as 29 other wins. Also, in 2000, he was named Rookie of the Year for the Winston Cup Series.

 

8. Richard Petty – $60,000,000

 

Nickname The King, Richard Petty is undoubtedly a legend in the NASCAR history. He has won the NASCAR Championship 7 times and a record 200 races during his career. Of the 1,184 races he competed in, he won 200 times and he finished top ten 712 times, which is quite unbelievable.

 

7. Mark Martin – $70,000,000

 

Though not so well-known as Richard Petty, Mark Martin is still a decent driver. He finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, and has been described by ESPN as “The best driver to never win a championship.”

 

6. Tony Stewart – $70,000,000

 

Tony Stewart is not only a racer, but also a team owner. He drives the No. 14 car for his own team in the Sprint Cup Series. He is the first owner-driver to ever win the Sprint Cup Series Championship since Alan Kuwicki.

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Sr. – $70,000,000

 

Nicknamed The Intimidator for his aggressive driving style, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all-time. On February 18, 2001, he died in a last lap crash at the Daytona 500.

 

4. Kevin Harvick – $70,000,000

 

Kevin Harvick is a successful NASCAR driver, who has claimed 47 wins between the Sprint and Nationwide Series. Also, Harvick is a former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that ran in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series for seven years.

 

3. Ken Schrader – $75,000,000

 

Although Ken Schrader does not have an envious list of racing results as the other drivers listed here, he is definitely the most versatile one among them.

 

During the 1990s and the early part of the 2000s, Schrader was running as many as 100 races among many types of racing, including NASCAR’s national and regional touring series, ARCA, short track, and dirt track.

 

2. Jeff Gord

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