The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a prestige sanctioning body that allows drivers and teams to join various race competitions. NASCAR ensures drivers are paid and cars are safe. It outlines proper conduct on the tracks, disciplines parties at fault, and offers insurance to the drivers.
Companies, brands, and organizations pay the best drivers to represent their brands on their cars and clothes. Here are NASCAR’s top nine driver salaries:
9. Kurt Busch: $7,500,000
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 No. 45 Toyota. He finished at No. 31 for the Dover International Speedway.
8. Chase Elliott: $8,000,000
Chase Elliott drives the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. His sponsors are NAPA, Chevrolet, Mountain Dew, Bosch, UniFirst, and Siemens. The 26-year-old won the first NASCAR Cup competition of 2022 at the rescheduled 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. Primarily sponsored by Hendrick Automotive Group, the 29-year-old earns $8,000,000 annually. At Dover International Speedway, he finished in sixth place.
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 No. 29.
5. Brad Keselowski: $9,400,000
Brad Keselowski earns a salary of $9,400,000 though he has recently left Team Penske for Roush Fenway Racing. His sponsors are Kohler Generators, Fastenal, Violet Defense, Castrol, Wyndham Rewards, and Solomon Plumbing. Driving a No. 6 Ford Mustang, he finished 20th in the Dover International Speedway race.
4. Martin Truex Jr.: $10,400,000
Martin Truex Jr. finished the Dover International Speedway at No. 12 with his No. 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: $10,900,000
Third on the list with a $10,900,000 annual salary: 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 driving his No. 4 Ford Mustang at the Dover International Speedway.
2. Denny Hamlin: $13,100,000
Denny Hamlin drives for Team Joe Gibbs Racing with 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 $16,900,000 per 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 include Toyota, M&M, Skittles, Pedigree, and Snickers.
All contract data courtesy of Salary Sport.