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The 15 Richest NASCAR Drivers of All-Time

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947. As of 2014, NASCAR is the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States. The organization sanctions over 1500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 states. NASCAR is second to the National Football League for television ratings in the United States. In 2004, it was reported that NASCAR holds 17 of the top 20 regularly attended single-day sporting events in the world. The popularity behind NASCAR is no secret anymore.  In fact, NASCAR is well-known for representing TONS of Fortune 500 companies on the race track.  As for the drivers, they’re cashing in heavy and they have the net worth to prove it. Check out the Top 15 Richest NASCAR Drivers of All-Time….

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  1. This is why cup racing is boring today as well. A mediocre driver is instantly a millionaire when getting a cup ride and if you have a marketable personality and just win a hand full of races you’re in the mega millionaire class. Why push limits and risk all of that? It has totally ruined cup.

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    • All sports have become commercialized, it’s all about sponsorship, expensive tv time, etc., cup drivers may as well capitalize along with all other sports

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  2. how is Jimmy Johnson last? Did he waste all of his winnings on hookers and blow? this list is BS. Kaey Kahne worth more than JJ??? LOL

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    • It’s all about marketing I guess. Kahne has more fans which means more $$$. Winning, sadly, doesn’t have as much to do with it if you aren’t gaining fans with wins.

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  3. Looks like Dale Jr. will be a Billionaire before he’s 50. You forgot about the car dealerships they own as well. His daddy would be proud.

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  4. Interesting what being born with ‘right’ last name can do for you….. jr certainly isn’t worth that because of his talent as are the rest of the drivers on the list.

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  5. Lots of errors and omissions, no doubt a result of “kicking back” instead of doing any real research (guess that doesn’t come up to “finer things” standards)…maybe next a piece on the 10 richest hot dog cart vendors on Manhattan’s upper East side.

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  6. Jr is a joke. Despite having the best equipment money can buy he is nothing more than an average NASCAR driver. In his 16 years of Sprint Cup racing he has a total of 22 wins and no championships. Gordon on the other hand in his first 16 years in Sprint Cup had 79 wins (88 overall for 3rd place on the all time list) and 4 championships. Jr’s popularity is solely due to his daddy, certainly not his driving ability.

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  7. Would Roger Goodell or anyone in the NFL have the moral courage to tell fans the truth? I’ll make it as simple as possible.

    There are 60,000+ active cell phones in every stadium. These mobile devices are capable of receiving real-time information (panic-laden threats, false evacuation orders, etc.) in more ways than you can fathom. Both deliberate and unintentional.

    If something like this were to happen, IT IS A HOAX DESIGNED TO CREATE AN ARTIFICIALLY GENERATED STAMPEDE.

    There are 7 billion people on this planet. I am not the only person who has ever thought of this. Someone out there (other than me) needs to explicitly start telling fans that…

    LEGITIMATE emergency stadium evacuation orders would NEVER be delivered to your personal cell phone.

    I know it’s a touchy subject, but in the end, it’s just a common sense matter of public safety. And it could be more than an isolated incident. It could be the entire 1 o’clock slate of games (a dominipede). Someone in the NFL needs to acknowledge and confront this issue BEFORE there’s an unspeakable tragedy.

    agsaf dot org

    Removal of this post could conceivably constitute an act of criminal negligence. Feel free to copy and paste.

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    • you mean cheated his way to 6 cup championships no way 1 team out dominates the rest of his teams that badly without cheating and getting way with it

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  8. Haha… it’s sad that he makes anywhere near that much, but at least we know even the top bus drivers get paid nothing compared to most top entertainers/athletes in other industries.

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      • Yeah, I figured that out by the fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is #1, and by the same token the fact that Danica isn’t on the list makes it invalid, by those standards I’d assume she’s #3.

        My guess is that while this was written in 2014 the numbers they’re using are way older. Jimmie is a 6 time champ, Schrader is a nobody, he’s what wrestling fans call a jobber, the guy that is sent out there to lose, because in a fake sport someone has to be the Schrader/Casey Mears/David Stremme of it.

        Take out Pretty, Gordon, Stewart, and the Earnhardts off that list and I guarantee that Jimmie has made more than everyone else on it combined. The math they’re using just doesn’t work.

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        • Ken Schrader is a “nobody” ???? That’s harsh…. He used to be a TV commentator with Mike Waltrip and Johnny Benson hosted by Alan Bestwick…. He owns many race teams and has many wins and championships in other racing venues…
          Not all race teams have the millions to spend on engineering like Gibbs and Hendrick…. Without the folks like Schrader, the sport would not be where it is and would be pretty dull and boring….
          FWIW… Thanks for the comment… even though it was “off color” and “rude”, without it, this comment section would be “pretty boring” also….
          Besides all that, I think he’s a really funny dude… dry, witty sense of humor… and a patriot….

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        • Wow!! you got to be a dumb liberal . You don’t excepts facts . And Ken Schrader a nobody ??? . Ken races more than any other driver in the sport . Go spew your drivel someplace else , because you don’t know anything about Racing . Your invalid .

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          • You lost me at dumb liberal, seeing as how I’m neither dumb nor a liberal.

            And spew this, moron. Jimmie Johnson is a 6 time champ. He makes more than anyone not named Dale Jr or Jeff Gordon that doesn’t race in Formula 1. Yes, I’m not not ignorant idiot, I realize that racing exists outside of NASCAR. Oh, and Danica, who makes more than anyone besides Dale Jr or Gordon on sponsorship money alone. Forget about Ken Schrader, you want to tell me that Kasey Khane, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Kenseth make more than Jimmie Johnson? Yes, because you are a complete moron that thinks a guy who flamed out of NASCAR has made more money than the guys that have something in the neighborhood of 250 wins and 8 NASCAR titles.

            Schrader is a good driver as far as your average guy, but he’s also a poor man’s Robby Gordon. He’s been in a lot of races? Where’s Michael Waltrip? And you sir, are an idiot who should probably ask before calling someone a liberal, especially considering that I never mentioned politics.

            My math is sound. You just want to talk s**t.

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        • You really don’t know anything. First off why would DanicA be on the list? She’s worth 15-20 million TOPS.SHe has a few endorsements and never wins…where’s the money coming from? Look it up, her net worth, no way she is near anyone on this list. Jimmy Johnson is probably higher rated now, ill give you that but the rest are right on. And comparing racing to wrestling is just sad. You know nothing about the sport and badmouthing Ken Schrader as a nobody is idiotic. You proved you knew nothing right there…a jobber..lol…go back to Watching WWE.

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  9. I was surprised to learn of Earnhardt’s Jr. net worth…..far eclipsing all the others. To be honest it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and he has certainly earned it.

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    • Like to know how you know Dale Jr. Is a nice guy? Do you know him personally?
      If it was for his DADDY, Dale Jr. Would be a no body. He can’t drive, also can’t tell the crew chief what kind of changes need to be made to his car during a race. Without that he living high on the hog because of DADDY, not in what he can do himself.
      If Dale Jr. was such a nice guy, why didn’t he meet up with that big fan of his in Arizona? This last weekend. She has been fan of his for years. Her family got her a ticket for last weekends race in Arizona.
      It’s was her 1st race and only race.
      Dale Jr. Forgot that if it wasn’t for the little people in life he wouldn’t be what he is today.

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      • Ouch! That hurts! No I don’t know Dale personally but I have seen him interact with other ordinary people and he displayed no visible signs of arrogance or conceit. You listen to him talk and he mannerisms and the way he expresses himself and I get the impression he is a down to earth normal guy who likes his fans. You are probably right he may not be as successful as his Dad on the track but he didn’t cheat anyone of their money. Near as I can tell all his sponsors are willing participants. Moreover, I have never heard of an incident or altercation involving Dale Jr. and another driver or him harming some one. In contrast there are many other Nascar drivers who behave like thugs and often engage in violent encounters with other drivers. I don’t know the details about this fan in Arizona you are referring to. But maybe instead of trashing him online you should try to reach out to his manager and try to sort things out. Either way you won’t gain anything by lashing out at me since as you already noted I don’t know Dale personally.

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        • I wasn’t lashing out at you personally. Just tried of NASCAR and its favoritism, to Hendrick and his pretty boys. You are right about other thugs in this sport, and I’m sure there lot more going on that the public doesn’t hear.
          When I read that about the Arizona women, it upset me, and I think that people in his position should make a effort, and not forget the little people, who got them where they are today. There are a lot of fans that can’t or never will be able to go to a race, myself I think they forget this. They get so much for free just because of the sport,and his name.
          He doesn’t have to save and save for anything. Like most of us.
          The family was trying to get a hold of the media to make it happend. With no luck. The lady was happy just to be there attending the race.
          I thought Dale could have gave here a couple of minutes of his time. Just to say hi and have a photo, that would have been the right thing to do. Making her life a little less stressful.
          It’s really easy for him to be the nice guy when you have that kind of money. Money isn’t everything in life. But they seem to forget that part. It’s not just him, it’s in every sport. They forget that they are just people too. Its little things in life that really counts.
          I guess I’m the type of person that thinks with my heart, and was thinking with it when I read the article.

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      • Do you know Dale personally Shirley? Dale is just a good ol boy. If there was some problem with someone not meeting Dale, I am sure it was a mix up. Trying to meet someone at a race is not a good idea. Unless you have a HOT pass, it’s very hard to meet your favorite driver. I have met Jeff Gordon, and I would stomp on anyone who said that man wasn’t nice. He went out of his way to be courteous to me while giving me a minute of his time. This is their place of work, there is a lot on their minds.
        Now let’s talk about what you know about his racing. Dale knows exactly what his cars need and communicates very well with his new crew chief. Dale has more than proven himself in the last few years. He can drive, what I know about his driving he is one of the safer guys on the track. He doesn’t even drive near the way his dad did. You cannot compare the two.
        Dale doesn’t live high on the hog. His dad taught him very well on how to save and use his money. He loves buying old car and rebuilding them, BUT he will not buy one without selling one he already has. His house is not a mansion, it’s nicer than yours and mine, but go look on the web you can tour the inside of his house Nothing spectacular. There are numerous pictures where this man has gone to the grocery store and taken picture with fans. He goes out a lot more to movie theaters and other places where just the normal person hangs out. He is always there for pictures and never turns them down. Because one person had an issue doesn’t not make him a nice guy.

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      • im sorry your life has been such a bummer. when you win 26 sprint cup races it doesnt matter what your name is. now if you were not so busy having a pity party for yourself you could actually look at the record before being stupid before hitting send. he also won 23 xfinity races.Sheppard run one good solid lap and get back to us.
        his name didnt have a thing to wo with thowe FORTY NINE trophies at the top two levels.
        jealous and petty should become your new monikor
        whineyas loser

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  10. my guess is Adam haven’t watched NASCAR very long by your comments! Nat if they still drove stock cars Jimmy might have 1 cup!

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  11. Whats the source of this information? I live in a neighborhood where a couple of these guys live. I don’t believe it is even 10% of what is listed for those two.

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  12. This was right on. I think Jimmy Johnson is probably higher but the rest right on. Ken Shrqder is far from a nobody. He’s a well respected racer who has raced in every series. He’s the owner of raceways. Doesn’t surprise me that he’s very well off. People think Danica is rich but she’s new, never wins and has like one endorsement deal. She’s doing good but nowhere near this list. I resent Adam saying Nascar is fake. He’s wrong and it’s insulting.

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    • Yeah, how can JJ only be worth 20 mil if he makes that much every year? Maybe he pumps most of it into his charity, but I doubt it.

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  13. This list is complete BS. There is no way Cale is worth that much money, and there is no way Jimmie Johnson is that low on the list. And where is Darrell Waltrip? First driver to $10 million and he has been the face of NASCAR on Fox for 15 years.

    I think you can take at least one zero off all these figures. Dale Jr. worth more than a quarter of a BILLION dollars? That’s Paul McCartney money.

    No way.

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    • Do not forget what he inherited after Dale died. And he runs 2 or 3 different companies along with Whiskey River. There are also sponsors that pay him high bucks.

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      • I don’t doubt the guy has tens of millions of dollars. But HUNDREDS of millions? Hey, great for him if he does. I like Dale Jr. I think he’s great for the sport. If anyone in that field deserves that kind of money, it’s him and Jimmie Johnson.

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        • Dale Jr doesn’t have to think he is good for the sport, the million more of his fans think he is great, and NASCAR KNOWS he is good for the sport. He’s an average driver, not good, but not bad either. There are better and there are a ton worse than him. His money is NOT made from his racing, it’s fro, his endorsements.

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      • Wrong about getting his dads money. Why do you think he drives for Mr. H? Stepmom wouldn’t even let him make any changes to DEI to improve the teams. Now that team is owned by CGR after she sold it. Jr’s dad got him his first contract with Budwiser which at that time was the most any driver made a year. Lol First year was 10 million with all kinds of extras. Jr’s merchidise is 60% of all drivers combined.

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    • Paul McCartney’s net worth in 2015 is 1.5 billion so I don’t know why you’re saying that’s Paul McCartney money.

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  14. I would of like to seen but I’m not going to click 15 times to find out, why haven’t they figured out that this makes most people just skip their story……

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  15. “… representing TONS of Fortune 500 companies”. Do companies weight seem more when its capitalized? Companies not only weigh a lot, but they weigh A LOT!

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  16. yea glad he is #1 he is down to earth an doesn’t act like he is better than anyone else and I am sure he has his bad days like everyone else does he is still my favorite by far!

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  17. I was a fan of his Dad, so he came with one gold star. After his Dad was killed I was heartbroken. Fraud said “the greatest loss a man has is the loss of his father” personally I think it’s a child, but Dad comes a close second.

    Then his loss of DEI to his worthless money grubbing step-mother. Senior should have been intestate so the two kids would have gotten 1/3 each, leaving the wicked witch of the South with a minority interest. God only knows how much life insurance she had on him. At least eight figures I bet.

    Today is a result of his “Mr. Nice Guy” persona, his honor of his Father and his Grand Dad. He never seems to quit(first Winston Cup not withstanding), He seems to make the best of what the team gave him, never complains, at least in public. Rather then “Big Guy in the Garage” he acts like what he is, one part, albeit one of the key members, He rarely losses control, and compared to 3/4 of the NASCAR drivers he is quiet, pleasant and to the best of my knowledge honest. Someone who would work, and succeed.

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    • Wow – you’re a nasty piece of work. if Sr had wanted those kids to have that money/business – he would have left it to Them. He didn’t. He knew all the principals better than you do, sport. If he were around to hear how you talk about the woman he loved, he’d kick the crap outta you – and his real fans would stand there and clap.

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      • Sorry, but clark is right about the money and DEI. Sr. Built that company for Jr and Kelly but stepmom had other plans. Like I said above, that is why he drives for Mr H. Sr. Turned in his grave when she sold out to Chip Ganasi. I doubt he would have approved that. But, Jr and his sis have become very sucsessful on their own. Jr motorsports is very profitable with no hurt for sponsors

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        • Thank you those kids know what they want and they work for it.I bet if you would look close at the way they live compared to others you would see why they are who they are .

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      • Oh yes he did leave it to them. He built DEI for the kids to run & Teresa manipulated it all. Remember she’s an attorney. Get your facts straight first.

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  18. Jeff Gordon earned most of his worth by winning 92 races and being part owner of Jimmie Johnson’s car. He’s the best driver on the list….can’t stand Jr…..he’s only famous because of his daddy!!

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    • Zoiepalmerfan4life you are probably a role model for “moron’s” that don’t have a clue about respect & honor among racecar driver’s & fans !! Admittedly Jeff accomplished more than most in nascar, but for you to keyhole Jr. as riding his dad’s shirt tail proves you know nothing about his history/life !! Jr. grew up in the shadow of his ultra famous grandpa as well as his dad & other than military schooling racing is all he’s ever known !! When you get a clue bout the real fact’s maybe then your rant’s will amount to more than well, basically jealousy !!

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  19. This is BS. Johnson is worth 500 million+ and Gordon is worth that much too. He gave his first wife 100 million just to get rid of her. Tony Stewart is close to that much too. I seriously doubt a man who has never won a championship is worth more than three who have won multiple times..Them he actually neglects to mention Menard and Patrick both heirs to family wealth..Personal worth is just that it does not matter how you received it.

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  20. News flash Ralph Dale Earnhardt The second is dead. His son Ralph Dale Earnhardt the third deserves what he has. Thanks for the hats. My brother has one still in the box.

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  21. I understand that it’s all for safety reasons, and of course we want to see ever faster racing, but I sure wish that NASCAR (National “STOCK” Car) would get back to actual “Stock” car racing! I have to laugh every time I watch a race and the talking heads are always talking about the race between this Ford and that Chevy and that Toyota, when there’s not a single factory (stock) part on any of them!

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