Bill France Sr. helped launch the National Stock Car Racing Association in 1947, and today NASCAR is America’s most watched racing league and big business. When it comes to television ratings, the only professional sports league to beat NASCAR is the NFL. While NASCAR drivers make moving around the track at top speed seem easy, it’s actually anything but that: Driving a race car requires immense skill and concentration. It is also very dangerous and each race can potentially be the last for a driver.
How are drivers attracted to sitting behind the wheel and risking it all? Taking advantage of his passion for racing and having the opportunity to win a lot of money. The most successful NASCAR drivers have made huge fortunes by winning big cash prizes or having endorsement deals with major companies.
Here are the 20 richest NASCAR drivers in history:
20. Denny Hamlin – $ 30 million
James “Denny” Hamlin started kart racing when he was seven years old and has now made a lucrative career driving a race car behind the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11. He won the MKA Manufacturers Cup in 1997 when he was 15 years old, and in 2006 Hamlin was named “Rookie of the Year” in the Nextel Cup Series. He has won multiple races, including the 2010 Southern 500, the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race and the 2016 Daytona 500.
19. Michael Waltrip – $ 35 million
Today, Michael Waltrip works as a commentator and has published books, but he is also one of NASCAR’s most esteemed drivers. He won the Daytona 500 twice and still occasionally races the No. 55 Toyota Camry from time to time. Greatness on the track runs in the family: Michael is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip.
18. Jeff Burton – $ 45 million
Before retiring, Jeff Burton, also known as the mayor, was able to rack up 21 Sprint Cup victories. He is another driver with a family history in the sport, as his brother, Ward, and his nephew, Jeb, have also competed in the Sprint Cup. Jeff currently serves as a NASCAR Analyst for NBC Sports.
17. Greg Biffle – $ 50 million
Driving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 Ford Fusion is Greg Biffle, one of the richest NASCAR drivers in the game. He has won many championships and awards, and also earned the title of “Most Popular Driver” during the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series. Some of his wealth came from being behind the wheel, but Biffle is also a co-owner of Willamette Speedway and Sunset Speedway.
16. Kurt Busch – $ 50 million
Kurt Busch is known to many as the older brother of NASCAR driver Kyle Bush, but he also won 27 Cup races during his career. In 2004, Kurt beat Jimmie Johnson to become the 2004 Cup Series champion. While he’s definitely talented, Kurt Busch has gotten into some trouble on and off the track and had some notable public feuds with other drivers. NASCAR.
15. Kyle Busch – $ 50 million
Kyle Busch has made a lot of money racing and has been a huge winner on the track. However, he also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which has enjoyed many victories since its debut in 2010. Aside from his NASCAR career, Kyle is known for being a generous donor to worthy charities and causes.
14. Carl Edwards – $ 50 million
Carl Edwards drives Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota Camry. His first championship win was the 2007 Busch Series, and his most recent was the Bojangles Southern 500 in 2015. Every time Edwards wins a race, fans are expecting him to do a backflip with his car, something that started to do in his first win by accident. .
13. Kasey Kahne – $ 50 million
Kasey Kahne, a 17-time Cup Series winner, has had a great career in stock car racing. Over the past 15 years, he has participated in 444 races and placed in the top ten in 86 of those races. He started racing when he was 17 at Deming Speedway in Washington.
12. Cale Yarborough – $ 50 million
Of all the NASCAR drivers, Cale Yarborough has had one of the longest relationships with the sport. While still racing, he racked up 86 victories, making him one of those most winning NASCAR drivers of all time. The septuagenarian is not only a former racing driver and team owner, he is also a farmer and an entrepreneur. Longtime fans of the sport will not forget the fist fight he had on the court with Donnie Allison in 1979; there is still talk of …