NASCAR, or the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is the largest sanctioning body for stock car racing in the United States. It is behind large racing series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Over 1,500 races are held in more than 100 tracks in 39 states and Canada. Races are also held in Australia, Japan and Mexico.We have covered many top 10 list of different sports highest paid athletes, today we bring you the top 10 list of highest earning NASCAR drivers in United States according to Forbes and than SPorts Illustrated and the figures are a little bit different.
The annual earnings include the basic salary of a driver + plus percentage of teams winning and the endorsement deals which nascar drivers have. So lets take a look at the top 10 highest paid Nascar drivers in the world at the moment. It is big business, and the stars of the show are well compensated as a result. The stars are the people behind the wheel of the car. Here is a list of Top 10 Highest Paid Nascar Drivers 2015-2016.
Top 10 Highest Paid Nascar Drivers 2016
Dale Earnhardt Jr :-
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974) is an American stock car racing driver and team owner. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He is also the grandson of both NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and stock car fabricator Robert Gee, the half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, the uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, the stepson of Teresa Earnhardt and the older half-brother of Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam.Earnhardt, Jr.’s success at the Daytona International Speedway throughout his career, has earned him the nickname as the “Pied Piper” of Daytona.
Earnhardt, Jr. is a two-time Daytona 500 winner, with his victories coming exactly 10 years apart (2004, 2014), and has won the Most Popular Driver Award eleven times (consecutively from 2003-2013). He has an estimated net worth of $300 million. He currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports and drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro for his own team, JR Motorsports, in selected events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
- Yearly Income: $25.9 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $12.9 million
- Endorsements Deals: $13 million
- Born: October 10, 1974 (age 39), Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
- Height: 1.83 m
- Parents: Brenda Lorraine Gee, Dale Earnhardt
- Siblings: Kerry Earnhardt, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge
- Awards: NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award, Best Driver ESPY Award
- Education: Mitchell Community College, Oak Ridge Military Academy
Jimmie Johnson :-
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) is an American stock car racing driver and a six-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson was born in El Cajon, California, and began racing motorcycles at the age of four. After graduating from Granite Hills High School he competed in off-road series. He raced in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG), Short-course Off road Drivers Association (SODA) and SCORE International, winning rookie of the year in each series. In 1998, Johnson and his team, Herzog Motorsports, began stock car racing. He moved to the national American Speed Association (ASA) series for late model touring cars, and won another rookie of the year title. In 2000, he switched to the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series).
- Yearly Income: $23 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $16.3 million
- endorsements: $6.7 million
- Born: September 17, 1975 (age 38), El Cajon, California, United States
- Height: 1.80 m
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Chandra Janway (m. 2004)
- Parents: Gary Ernest Johnson, Catherine Ellen Dunnill
- Books: On the Road
Tony Stewart :-
Anthony Wayne “Tony” Stewart (born May 20, 1971) is an American auto racing driver, businessman and team owner. Throughout his racing career, Stewart has won titles in Indy cars and stock cars as well as midget, sprint and USAC Silver Crown cars.Stewart currently owns and drives the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing under crew chief Chad Johnston. From 1999 until 2008, he drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli, with The Home Depot as the primary sponsor.
His ten-year tenure with the same team, sponsor, and crew chief is a NASCAR record. Stewart is also the only driver to win both the Winston Cup under the old points system and the Nextel Cup under the chase playoff format, winning those championships in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnson’s streak of consecutive championships at five. He is the only driver to win the NASCAR championship under three different sponsorship titles (Winston in 2002, Nextel in 2005, and Sprint in 2011) as well as being the only driver in history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR.
- Yearly Earnings: $18.7 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $12.7 million
- Endorsements: $6 million
- Born: May 20, 1971 (age 42), Columbus, Indiana, United States
- Height: 1.75 m
- Weight: 82 kg
- Parents: Nelson Stewart
- Siblings: Natalie Stewart
- Awards: NASCAR Rookie of the Year, Best Driver ESPY Award
Jeff Gordon :-
Jeffery Michael “Jeff” Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He drives the No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gordon started his racing career in the Busch Series with Hugh Connerty Racing, followed by Bill Davis Racing, winning three races, and joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1993. From 1995 to 2001, he has been a four-time Sprint Cup champion, and has won the Daytona 500 three times.
He is third on the all-time Cup wins list, with 88 career wins, and has the most wins in NASCAR’s modern era (1972–present). Gordon’s 74 pole positions lead all active drivers, and is third all-time; Gordon won at least one pole in 21 consecutive seasons, a NASCAR record. He is also the active iron man leader for consecutive races participated in with 725 as of the 2013 Ford EcoBoost 400. In 2009, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to reach $100 million USD in career winnings.
- Yearly Earnings: $18.1 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $12.6 million
- Endorsements: $5.5 million
- Born: August 4, 1971 (age 42), Vallejo, California, United States
- Height: 1.73 m
- Career start: 1991
- Spouse: Ingrid Vandebosch (m. 2006), Brooke Sealey (m. 1994–2003)
- Children: Ella Sofia Gordon, Leo Benjamin Gordon
- Parents: William Grinnell Gordon, Carol Ann Bickford Houston
Carl Edwards :-
Carl Michael Edwards II (born August 15, 1979) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 99 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. He won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and nearly won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, but lost by a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart. Edwards is known for stopping his car at the finish line and doing a back flip off of it after winning a race.
- Yealy Income: $13.7 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $12.2 million
- Endorsements: $1.5 million
- Born: August 15, 1979 (age 34), Columbia, Missouri, United States
- Height: 1.85 m
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Katherine Downey (m. 2009)
- Parents: Carl Edwards, Sr.
- Children: Michael Edwards, Anne Edwards
Kevin Harvick :-
Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975) is an American NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that ran in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011.
- Yearly Income: $13 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $11.5 million
- Sponsorship Money: $1.5 million
- Born: December 8, 1975 (age 38), Bakersfield, California, United States
- Height: 1.78 m
- Spouse: DeLana Harvick (m. 2001)
- Children: Keelan Paul Harvick
- Parents: Mike Harvick, JoNell Harvick
- Siblings: Clayton Harvick, Amber Harvick
Danica Patrick :-
Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women’s victory in an Indy Car Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish ever there by a woman.
She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. In 2012 she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In the 2013 season, Patrick drove the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, and a limited Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Motorsports. In 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990 in qualifying for the Daytona 500.
- Yearly Income: $12.9 million
- Basic Salary/winnings: $6.4 million
- Sponsorship Money: $6.5 million
- Born: March 25, 1982 (age 31), Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
- Height: 1.57 m
- Full name: Danica Sue Patrick
- Weight: 45 kg
- Spouse: Paul Edward Hospenthal (m. 2005–2013)
- Awards: Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Athlete
Kyle Busch :-
Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985) is an American stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 54 Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which runs multiple trucks in the Camping World Truck Series. The younger brother of 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, he currently holds several records in NASCAR competition, one of which is for most race wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series with 24 wins, which he accomplished in 2010, and also for the most wins in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series combined with 128.
Busch was also the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top three touring series in the same weekend (at Bristol in 2010). He also holds the record for the most NASCAR Nationwide Series wins in a season with 13 in 2010, and the most overall with 64.
- Annual Earnings: $12.5 million
- Basic Salary + winnings: $9.6 million
- Sponsorship Money: $1.9 million
- Born: May 2, 1985 (age 28), Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Height: 1.85 m
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Samantha Sarcinella (m. 2010)
- Siblings: Kurt Busch
- Nominations: Best Driver ESPY Award, Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award
Kasey Kahne :-
Kasey Kenneth Kahne ( born April 10, 1980) is a NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Quaker State Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series.Off the track, Kahne is active in charitable work and is a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also owns his own race team, Kasey Kahne Racing, that competes in the World of Outlaws series, fielding two cars, one for Daryn Pittman, and the other for Cody Darrah. His team also fields a car in the USAC Sprint Car Series for Brady Bacon, and in USAC midgets for Brad Sweet. Kahne is a two-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (2002 and 2003), and holds the current record for the fastest lap at Skagit.
- Total Earnings: $12 million
- Basic Salary/winnings: $11 million
- Sponsorship Money: $1 million
- Born: April 10, 1980 (age 33), Enumclaw, Washington, United States
- Height: 1.75 m
- Nationality: American
Brad Keselowski :-
Bradley Aaron “Brad” Keselowski (born February 12, 1984) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently races for Team Penske in NASCAR, driving the No. 2 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series. He is also the owner of Brad Keselowski Racing, which currently fields two full-time teams in the Camping World Truck Series. In 2012, Keselowski joined Bobby Labonte as the only NASCAR drivers to have won a championship in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series.
- Yearly Income: $11.4 million
- Basic Salary/winnings: $10 million
- Sponsorship Money: $1.4 million
- Born: February 12, 1984 (age 30), Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States
- Nationality: American
- Siblings: Brian Keselowski
- Parents: Bob Keselowski, Kay Keselowski
- Nominations: Best Driver ESPY Award, Best Championship Performance ESPY Award