The NASCAR Foundation began holding NASCAR Day on the third Friday of May each year in 2003 as a way to highlight the work it does for children through donations to the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Now, NASCAR Day is still celebrated in May but as part of a yearlong initiative to help children “survive and thrive,” according to the NASCAR Foundation.
That makes it the perfect time to highlight some of the most successful NASCAR drivers on the circuit that help champion the foundation’s mission. From Jimmie Johnson to the Busch brothers to Danica Patrick, NASCAR is full of multimillionaires racing toward that next big win and payday.
Check out the net worths of the top NASCAR drivers, some of whom rival the richest athletes of all time.
Jimmie Johnson Net Worth: The Richest, Highest-Paid NASCAR Driver
Dale Earnhardt Jr. — named NASCAR’s most popular driver for the 15th consecutive year — was the highest-paid driver until this year. But in 2017, he completed his final, full-time season and has since taken his voice and net worth of $300 million and joined NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage.
That makes Jimmie Johnson — who won his record-tying seventh NASCAR title in 2016 — the highest-paid active NASCAR driver. In fact, he actually knocked Earnhardt Jr. from his No. 1 seat in 2016 with earnings totaling $21.8 million — $16.8 million in race winnings and $5 million in lucrative endorsement deals.
Johnson, who is the only driver in NASCAR history to win five consecutive championships, also has the top net worth on the leaderboard at $120 million.
Kevin Harvick Net Worth
Kevin Harvick rolls in at No. 2 with a net worth of $70 million. Second place isn’t too shabby for Harvick, who has 42 career wins in the NASCAR Cup Series and won the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship.
Harvick pulled in $13.6 million in 2017, making him one of the five highest-paid drivers on the circuit.
Kyle Busch Net Worth
Of course, while his net worth of $50 million trails that of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch’s income for the 2017 season was $14.7 million, putting him behind only Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.
Notably, the net worth of Kyle, who won the Sprint Cup Series championship in 2015, is identical to that of his brother and racing rival, Kurt, at $50 million.
Other Top Drivers’ Net Worths
Here’s a quick look at the net worth figures for the rest of the drivers currently sitting among the top 40 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings. Interestingly, two of the richest drivers in NASCAR won’t appear there. Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth, both of whom have a net worth of $60 million, aren’t on the list. Patrick is currently in 42nd place and Kenseth is in 43rd place, as of May 11.
Check the following table for rankings of drivers, including Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney and other top names. Although net worth information isn’t available for all of them, the combined value for those with financial info is over half a billion dollars.
|NASCAR Drivers’ Net Worth|
|Current Standing||Car Number||Name||Net Worth|
|1||18||Kyle Busch||$50 million|
|2||22||Joey Logano||$24 million|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||$70 million|
|4||2||Brad Keselowski||$25 million|
|5||14||Clint Bowyer||$40 million|
|6||41||Kurt Busch||$50 million|
|7||12||Ryan Blaney||$5 million|
|8||11||Denny Hamlin||$45 million|
|9||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||$30 million|
|12||48||Jimmie Johnson||$120 million|
|15||9||Chase Elliott||$2 million|
|16||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||$20 million|
|18||3||Austin Dillon||$12 million|
|19||31||Ryan Newman||$50 million|
|21||21||Paul Menard||$30 million|
|22||43||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Unavailable|
|23||1||Jamie McMurray||$25 million|
|24||47||A.J. Allmendinger||$18 million|
|25||37||Chris Buescher||$5 million|
|26||38||David Ragan||$20 million|
|27||95||Kasey Kahne||$50 million|
|29||6||Trevor Bayne||$10 million|
|30||34||Michael McDowell||$10 million|
|35||00||Landon Cassill||$5 million|
|39||55||Reed Sorenson||$18 million|
|Standings current as of May 11, 2018.|
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