The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a prestigious sanctioning body that allows drivers and teams to participate in various racing competitions. NASCAR makes sure drivers are paid and cars are safe. It outlines the correct behavior on the track, punishes the guilty parties and provides insurance to the drivers.
Companies, brands and organizations pay the best drivers to represent their brands on their cars and clothing. Here are NASCAR’s top nine driver salaries:
9. Kurt Busch: $7.5 million
Kurt Busch drives for team 23XI Racing. The 43-year-old’s sponsors include Monster Energy, McDonald’s, SiriusXM, MoneyLion and Jordan Brand. He drives a Toyota No. 45. He finished No. 31 for the Dover International Speedway.
8. Chase Elliott: $8,000,000
Chase Elliott drives the Chevrolet No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports. His sponsors are NAPA, Chevrolet, Mountain Dew, Bosch, UniFirst and Siemens. The 26-year-old won the first NASCAR Cup game of 2022 at the relocated Dover International Speedway race.
7. Kyle Larson: $8,000,000
Kyle Larson drives the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series season. Mainly sponsored by Hendrick Automotive Group, the 29-year-old earns $8,000,000 a year. He finished in sixth place at Dover International Speedway.
6. Joey Logano: $9,000,000
The 31-year-old earns $9,000,000 annually driving the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske. Joey Logano’s sponsors include Shell-Pennzoil, AAA, Auto Club of Southern California, Autotrader, and MoneyLion. He completed the race at Dover International Speedway at number 29.
5. Brad Keselowski: $9,400,000
Brad Keselowski earns a salary of $9,400,000, although he recently left Team Penske for Roush Fenway Racing. His sponsors are Kohler Generators, Fastenal, Violet Defense, Castrol, Wyndham Rewards and Solomon Plumbing. He drove a number 6 Ford Mustang and finished 20th in the Dover International Speedway race.
4. Martin Truex Jr.: $10,400,000
Martin Truex Jr. finished the Dover International Speedway at number 12 with his number 19 Toyota Camry TRD. He races for the Joe Gibbs Racing team and earns $10,400,000, making him the fourth highest paid NASCAR driver. The 41-year-old’s sponsors are Bass Pro Shops and Reser’s Fine Foods.
3. Kevin Harvick: $10.9 million
Third on the list with an annual salary of $10.9 million: Kevin Harvick races for team Stewart-Haas Racing and is sponsored by Gear Wrench, Rheem, Busch Light Mobil 1, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Subway. The 46-year-old finished in seventh place with his number 4 Ford Mustang at Dover International Speedway.
2. Denny Hamlin: $13.1 million
Denny Hamlin drives a Toyota No. 11. At the May 1, 2022 race, the 41-year-old finished in 21st place. Hamlin’s sponsors are FedEx and SportClips.
1. Kyle Busch: $16,900,000
Kyle Busch is the highest paid NASCAR driver, earning $16.9 million a year. The 37-year-old drives in all three NASCAR National Series and races full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series. Busch drives for Joe Gibbs Racing Company in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With a Toyota Tundra No. 51 his sponsors are Toyota, M&M, Skittles, Pedigree and Snickers.
All contract details courtesy of Salary Sports†
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