With 15 of 36-races completed, 38 drivers competing in the NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series have already earned in excess of $1,000,000. Kevin
Harvick leads the way with $4,462,037 in earnings, with current points
leader Jeff Gordon second at $3,496,991. Dale Jarrett, who has DNQ’d
three times in his new Toyota, is at the bottom of the millionaire’s
list with “only” $1,114,852 to his credit. Poor guy! Johnny Benson,
who has but one start this season, is at the very bottom of the money
list with $64,875. That’s $24,875 more than the Top Fuel or Funny Car
winner at a POWERade Series event takes home.
After 16-races in the Busch Series, which is the support series and not
the main event, 17 drivers have earned in excess of $400,000 – the
equivalent of a T/F or F/C driver having won 10 POWERade races –
something only Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson has even come close to,
and he’s won five times in 2007.