15 Richest NASCAR Drivers of All Time

We count down the 15 richest NASCAR drivers of all time. Read on to find out more about the wealthiest Daytona 500 winners of all time.


Although the top NASCAR drivers may not be earning on the same level as their counterparts in the NBA or NFL, the top drivers on the stock car circuit are still some of the wealthiest race car drivers in the world.

The top races have massive prize purses, with the 2022 Daytona 500 offering a reputed $24 million in prize money. The elite drivers in NASCAR, therefore, have a net worth rivaling their colleagues in the glamorous world of Formula 1.

These are the 15 richest NASCAR drivers of all time:

15) Greg Biffle, $50 million

  • Net worth: $50 Million

Greg Biffle has had one of the most varied careers in NASCAR. Emerging onto the scene in 1998 on the NASCAR Truck Series, Biffle would go onto pick up his first championship in 2000 driving for RFK Racing (then Roush Racing).

Biffle would move onto the Nationwide Series, where he became the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion. He also made his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2002 and has raced in 510 races to date. His best finish was a 2nd place in the 2005 season but Biffle will be returning to the Cup Series in 2022 after a six-year absence.

14) Jeff Burton, $60 Million

  • Net Worth: $60 Million

NASCAR’s “Mayor” has enjoyed a NASCAR career lasting more than two decades. After debuting in the Cup Series in 1997, Burton’s best result came in the 2000 season when he finished 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship.

His long and illustrious career has included victories in the Southern 500 and Coca-Cola 600, but ultimately the Championship eluded Burton before retiring from the Cup Series in 2014.

Burton can now be seen as the color commentator for NBC’s coverage of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series.

13) Matt Kenseth, $60 Million

  • Net Worth: $60 millionrivall

Kenseth retired from the NASCAR Cup Series after the 2020 season, concluding a twenty-year career at the pinnacle of stock car racing. Kenseth clinched the Cup Series championship in 2003 and is a two-time Daytona 500 winner, in 2009 and 2012.

He stepped away from NASCAR after the 2020 season, but may continue his driving career outside the stock car circuit.

12) Richard Petty, $65 Million

  •  Net Worth: $65 million

Arguably one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, “The King” Richard Petty is a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion with 200 career wins. Debuting in 1958, Petty won his first championship in 1964 and would win another six titles over the next fifteen years. In addition to this, Petty is also won the Daytona 500 a record-breaking seven times!

The Petty family have NASCAR in their blood: his father Lee Petty was a three-time NASCAR Cup champion and won the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 and both Richard’s son, Kyle, and grandson, Adam, raced in NASCAR.

11) Denny Hamlin, $65 Million

  • Net Worth: $65 million

A three-time Daytona 500 winner, Denny Hamlin has yet to obtain that elusive NASCAR Cup championship. Debuting in 2005, Hamlin’s best performance would come in the 2010 season when he led the Cup championship by 15 points going into the final race of the season. Hamlin would spin out in the final race, ultimately losing the championship to Jimmie Johnson.

Hamlin co-owns 23XI Racing alongside NBA legend, Michael Jordan.

10) Dale Earnhardt, Sr. $70 Million

  • Net Worth: $70 million

Considered by most to be the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, Dale Earnhardt was a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion (including three back-to-back championship victories). Earnhardt is the only driver in NASCAR history to have won a race in four consecutive decades.

Tragically, Earnhardt died from a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. Similar to the death of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994, this tragedy led to the implementation of additional safety regulations which have, to date, prevented any further fatalities in NASCAR.

Earnhardt remains an icon in the world of motorsport: his helmet is on display in the Smithsonian and current Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has frequently spoken of his admiration for the late, great Earnhardt

9) Mark Martin, $70 Million

  • Net Worth: $70 million

Probably the best NASCAR driver never to have won a championship, Martin has had an amazing career. Over a 31-year career in the Cup Series, Martin finished second overall on five occasions! Even more impressive, his second-place finishes span almost twenty years from 1990 to 2009.

An early adopter of a strength and fitness regime in NASCAR, Martin was still driving at an elite level into his fifties. Martin now owns a series of dealerships in his home state of Arkansas.

8) Kevin Harvick, $70 Million

  • Net Worth: $70 million

One of the most successful NASCAR drivers of all time, Kevin Harvick has a total of 119 wins across the Cup and Xfinity Series. After winning the Xfinity Series Championship twice (2001 and 2006), he finally won the Cup Series championship in 2014.

Harvick remains competitive in the Cup Series, finishing in the top five in each of the last five seasons.

7) Carl Edwards, $70 Million

  • Net Worth: $70 million

One of the most athletic and popular NASCAR drivers, Carl Edwards is famous for his victory backflips! Edwards was also jointly responsible for one of the most exciting NASCAR seasons in recent memory. He lost out on the 2011 NASCAR Cup championship to Tony Stewart on a tiebreaker!

6) Danica Patrick, $80 Million

  • Net Worth: $80 million

One of the most successful female race car drivers in the history of motorsports, Danica Patrick has enjoyed success in both NASCAR and IndyCar. Not only is Patrick one of the few women to have ever raced in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, she is one of only fourteen drivers to have led both races.

After an unsuccessful attempt to break into the European open-wheel, single-seater series, Patrick moved back to the US to drive in the IndyCar Series in 2005. Patrick enjoyed success in IndyCar: she won Rookie of the Year in 2005, came fifth overall in 2009, and finished third at the Indy 500 in 2009. Patrick also remains the only woman to have won a race in the IndyCar Series: the 2008 Indy Japan 300.

In 2010, she shifted her focus to stock car racing and entered the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2012, she finished the season with her best ever NASCAR result of tenth overall. She also became the first woman to clinch pole position at Cup Series race at the Daytona 500 in 2013.

After retiring from racing in 2018, Patrick has enjoyed a varied career in business and broadcasting. Patrick has also featured in some fourteen Super Bowl commercials: the most of any celebrity in Super Bowl history!

5) Kyle Busch, $80 Million

  • Net Worth: $80 million

NASCAR’s “Candy Man” has built a lucrative career on and off the track. Busch holds the record for most career NASCAR wins at 222. Busch is a two-time NASCAR Cup champion (2015 and 2019) and a one-time Xfinity Series Champion (2009).

Off the track, Busch also co-owns an energy drink company called Rowdy Energy. Busch is also the only person in history to have won a championship in both NASCAR and WWE. In 2019, Busch shocked R-Truth to win the WWE 24/7 Championship before losing the title back to Truth later that night.

4) Tony Stewart, $90 Million

  • Net Worth: $90 million

Successful as both a driver and team owner, Tony Stewart has enjoyed success across motorsports. To date, Stewart is the only driver to have won championships in both NASCAR and IndyCar: Stewart has won the NASCAR Cup three times (2002, 2005, and 2011) and the 1997 IndyCar championship.

Stewart became a team owner in 2009 forming the Stewart-Haas team. Stewart won the 2011 NASCAR Cup championship, pipping Carl Edwards on a tiebreaker, to become the first owner-driver winner since Alan Kulwicki in 1992.

3) Jimmie Johnson, $160 Million

  • Net Worth: $160 million

One of the most successful NASCAR drivers in history, Johnson etched his name into the history books when he won five consecutive NASCAR Cup championships between 2006 and 2010. His total of seven NASCAR Cup championships puts him on par with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in terms of the GOATs of NASCAR.

In 2019, Johnson announced that the forthcoming season would be his last in NASCAR. He subsequently transitioned to IndyCar where he is currently entering his second season after a disappointing debut season.

2) Jeff Gordon, $200 Million

  • Net Worth: $200 million

A NASCAR star who transcended the lines between the sport and broader popular culture, Jeff Gordon has been credited with bringing NASCAR into the mainstream. A four-time NASCAR Cup champion, Gordon has won the Daytona 500 three times and boasts an impressive 93 total wins in the NASCAR Cup. Gordon is currently the vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, a $350 million company with one of the greatest records in NASCAR history.

Off the track, Gordon became the public face of NASCAR. He not only hosted Saturday Night Live, but Gordon was considered to be the lead in a NASCAR-themed sequel to Space Jam. Considering that this role was filled in the other films by Michael Jordan and LeBron James, you can see why Gordon holds such a lofty position amongst NASCAR fans.

1) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $300 Million

  • Net Worth: $300 million

The son of the legendary “Intimidator”, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular NASCAR drivers of all time. A fifteen-time consecutive winner of the Most Popular Driver award, Earnhardt is a firm fan favorite and remains the face of NASCAR for many through his endorsement appearances for brands and organizations as diverse as Mountain Dew and the National Guard.

Surprisingly, Earnhardt never won a NASCAR Cup championship but did win the Xfinity Series twice (1998 and 1999). The “Pied Piper” of Daytona has particularly enjoyed success at the Daytona 500, with two victories in 2004 and 2014. Although fans desperately wanted to see Earnhardt win the championship, it was sadly never to be.

Earnhardt retired from NASCAR in 2017 and currently promotes sim racing, the e-Sports version of motorsports.

Who are the Richest Daytona 500 Winners?

Unsurprisingly, the list of richest NASCAR drivers includes some of the most successful Daytona 500 winners of all time. The eight richest Daytona 500 winners of all time are, in order of net worth:

Driver Dayton 500 Victories Year(s) Achieved
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2x 2004, 2014
Jeff Gordon 3x 1997, 1999, 2005
Jimmie Johnson 2x 2006, 2013
Kevin Harvick 1x 2007
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. 1x 1998
Denny Hamlin 3x 2016, 2019, 2020
Richard Petty 7x 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981
Matt Kenseth 2x 2009, 2012

Of these drivers, NASCAR betting fans will be looking most closely at Denny Hamlin who will be looking to equal Cale Yarborough’s four Daytona 500 victories. With three Daytona 500 wins already, Hamlin is the sports betting sites’ favorite for 2022 with odds of +850 per Bovada. Kevin Harvick has odds of +2200 to pick up his second victory.

As the Daytona 500 is one of the most important races in NASCAR, fans and bettors alike will be watching this year’s race with great interest.

Who is the Lowest Paid NASCAR driver?

Currently, Corey LaJoie is the lowest paid NASCAR driver, earning $200,000 per year. Although that sounds amazing for most of us, it’s a far cry from Kyle Busch’s $16,900,000 annual earnings.

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James Guill

James Guill is a former professional poker player who writes fro GambleOnline.co about poker, sports, casinos, gaming legislation and the online gambling industry in general. His past experience includes working with IveyPoker, PokerNews, PokerJunkie, Bwin, and the Ongame Network. From 2006-2009 he participated in multiple tournaments including the 37th and 38th World Series of Poker (WSOP). James lives in Virgina and he has a side business where he picks and sells vintage and antique items.

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