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Highest-paid NASCAR drivers in 2022

How much is the highest paid NASCAR driver in 2022 paid? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 drivers making the most money

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How much is the highest paid NASCAR driver in 2022 paid? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 drivers making the most money
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NASCAR, or the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is the governing body for the Cup Series, which is one of the leading genres of motorsports in the U.S., along with the open-wheeled NTT IndyCar series.

The best racers in the Cup Series are typically the ones who make the most money. So much determination, skill, handling of heavy-duty equipment and extreme mental drive all help a driver excel in a world where a microsecond makes a world of a difference. Based on ranking, experience, education and public image, a driver can live a lavish lifestyle earning millions racing.

Every race driver, however, can still make a good amount of money per year, whether through prize money, endorsements, or their base salary alone. More on that here:

Related: How much money do NASCAR drivers make? 

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the highest-paid NASCAR drivers in 2022.

Who is the highest-paid NASCAR driver in the world?

NASCAR racing legend Kyle Busch sits among the highest paid athletes of all time, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick who accompany Busch as the subsequent highest paid NASCAR Cup Series drivers of 2022. While Joey Logano and Kyle Larson don’t sit in the top 5 highest-paid drivers, they still earn big money for their talents.

Top 5 highest-paid NASCAR drivers in 2022

Kyle Busch, $16,900,000

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver and two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, earning $16,900 a year. Busch is also the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. Brands including Skittles, Snickers and M&M sponsor his #18 Toyota Camry TRD.

Denny Hamlin, $13,100,000

Hamlin co-owns as well as operates 23XI Racing with the basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. The Tampa native has won 46 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500 in 2016, 2019, and 2020. Following the footsteps of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Sterling Marlin, Hamlin is the fourth person to win the race in consecutive seasons. Hamlin earns $13,100,000.

Kevin Harvick, $10,900,000

Happy Harvick’ holds the all-time record (nine wins) for Cup Series victories at Phoenix Raceway. He’s also the 2014 Cup Series champion, and Xfinity Series champion in 2001 and 2006. ‘The Closer’ (his other nickname), who is also the 2007 Daytona 500 winner, currently ranks third all-time in NASCAR history, following Richard Petty and Kyle Busch, respectively, with 119 combined national series wins. The 46-year-old makes $10,900,000 a year.

Martin Treux, Jr.,  $10,400,000

Treux Jr. ‘s skill runs in the family as he comes from a line of NASCAR drivers who are either still at it or retired. The 42-year-old from New Jersey is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. He’s also a two-time Xfinity Series champion, having won two back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. Treux Jr. makes $10,400,000 annually.

Brad Keselowski, $9,400,000

A driver, team owner, and entrepreneur, Keselowski competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 6 Ford Mustang for RFK Racing, a team he also co-owns. The 38-year-old is only the second of six drivers who have won both the Cup Series and the Xfinity Series championships. He is also the twenty-fifth driver to win a race in all three national series at NASCAR. Keselowski earns a good $9,400,000 per year.

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