The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the American auto racing company that is best known for stock car racing. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948 and is one of the most popular sports in the USA. NASCAR drivers are like modern day heroes and are richly rewarded. These are the Richest NASCAR drivers in the world.
Incredibly, none of them quite make it onto our Richest Athletes List.
Special mention to rising star Bubba Wallace who has a net worth of $3 million. He is currently known for being one of the most successful African American NASCAR drivers in history.
Carl Edwards – Net worth: $50 million
Best known for doing a back flips off his car to celebrate his victories, he has a net worth of $50 million. 2005 was his best year to date, when he became the first NASCAR driver to win his first Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races on the same weekend.
Matt Kenseth – Net worth: $60 million
Matt Kenseth has a net worth of $60 million after winning the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title in 2000. His father, Ross Kenseth, was also a stock car racing driver.
Richard Petty – Net worth: $65 million
Richard Petty, or “The King’, is a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee with a net worth of $65 million. He retired after winning the NASCAR Championship 7 times and a record 200 race wins throughout his career.
Mark Martin – Net worth: $70 million
Mark Anthony Martin has a net worth of $70 million, after beginning his racing career when he was a teenager.
Tony Stewart – Net worth: $70 million
This NASCAR champion grew up around go karts and began racing competitively as a child, winning his first championship at the World Karting Association in 1987. He last drove the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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Kevin Harvick – Net worth: $70 million
With an impressive net worth of $70 million, Kevin Harvick is known as a philanthropist after establishing the Kevin Harvick Foundation to help underprivileged children
Dale Earnhardt Sr. – Net worth: $70 million
Father of Dale Earnhardt Jr, the ‘The Intimidator’, was one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, winning a total of 76 races. Shockingly he was involved in a last-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway and died of a basilar skull fracture, on February 18, 2001.
Jimmie Johnson – Net worth: $120 million
This American stock car racing driver and 6-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has a net worth of $120 million.
Jeff Gordon – Net worth: $200 million
In 2009, Jeff Gordon famously became the first ever NASCAR driver to earn $100 million in career winnings. He has a net worth of $200 million, and earns $30 million every year from salary and endorsements. He reportedly began racing motorcycles at the age of 4.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Net worth: $300 million
Beginning his career at the age of 17, Dale Earnhardt Jr is from 3 generations of NASCAR drivers. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the grandson of both NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and stock car maker Robert Gee. He has a net worth of $300, and earns an annual salary of $26 million.