Accelerating to speeds of up to 200 mph, NASCAR drivers essentially put their lives on the line every time they hit the track. However, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is also second only to the NFL as America’s most popular sports franchise. So you can’t exactly begrudge the sport’s top competitors for the megabucks they earn. Here, then, are 20 of the richest.
20. Denny Hamlin ($30 million)
Denny Hamlin began his path to a $30 million fortune in 2005 when he competed in the Busch Series for a full season, winning several Nextel Cup races along the way. Over the next decade he raced over 360 times with JGR, finishing ninth in the 2015 season. He has also proved that he is one of the good guys by donating millions to charity each year.
19. Michael Waltrip ($35 million)
Michael Waltrip twice won the Daytona 500, but has since boosted his earnings away from the track. Waltrip is the brother of three-time NASCAR champion Darrell. Plus, as well as occasionally competing for Premium Motorsports, he’s published several books and also serves as a pre-race analyst and commentator.