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Sport Earnhardt Jr. and the highest-paid NASCAR drivers

23:53  19 may  2017
23:53  19 may  2017 Source:   gobankingrates.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reads emotional letter to his mom, who’s secretly listening in

  Dale Earnhardt Jr. reads emotional letter to his mom, who’s secretly listening in "You never failed at making me feel loved."So leading up to the holiday for a SportsCenter Featured segment on ESPN, Dale Earnhardt Jr. penned a heartwarming letter to his mom, Brenda Jackson, which he thought she wouldn't read until Sunday.

Leads Nascar 's Highest - Paid Drivers . Kurt Badenhausen , Forbes Staff I cover sports business with rare dips into b-schools, local economies. Leading the way is Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who ranks as the sport’s top earner for a seventh straight year with earnings of .8 million (Jeff Gordon was the last

Now retired, Dale Earnhardt Jr . — named NASCAR ’s most popular driver for the 15th consecutive year — was the highest - paid driver . In 2017, he completed his final, full-time season. In 2018, he joined NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage.

  Earnhardt Jr. and the highest-paid NASCAR drivers © Getty Images / Matt Sullivan If you're a big racing fan, the third Friday in May might just be your favorite time of the year. It's NASCAR Day, when drivers, celebrities, corporate sponsors and fans come together to celebrate their favorite sport and raise funds for charity. It's also the perfect time to take a pit stop and look at the biggest money-earners in the sport.

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NASCAR Gives Back

NASCAR Day directly benefits the NASCAR Foundation, which was created in 2006 by Betty Jane France, wife of former NASCAR head Bill France Jr.

France, who is also the mother of current NASCAR CEO Brian France, passed away Aug. 29, 2016.

The NASCAR Foundation focuses on children's charities through its Speediatrics Children's Fund and the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The Foundation says more than 500,000 needy children have been served by its charitable giving over the past 10 years.

The 2016 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award gave $100,000 to the pediatric brain cancer research and awareness charity Team Jack Foundation, as well as $25,000 each to three other finalists: Tuesday's Children, a foundation serving families who lost a loved one in the September 11 or other terrorist attacks; Mikayla's Voice, a charity that promotes inclusion and awareness of the differently abled; and Backpack Beginnings, an organization which helps the hungry in Greensboro, N.C.

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR drivers complete insane 102.7-mile bike ride to mountaintop

  Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR drivers complete insane 102.7-mile bike ride to mountaintop 10,000-foot vertical ascent included.Known as The Assault on Mt. Mitchell, the NASCAR drivers took a break from four wheels for a 102.7-mile ride at Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, ascending more than 10,000 feet. If anyone still thinks NASCAR drivers aren't in shape, just think about the idea of riding a bike for nearly six hours, uphill.

Here is a list of Top 10 Highest Paid Nascar Drivers 2015-2016. Ralph Dale Earnhardt , Jr . (born October 10, 1974) is an American stock car racing driver and team owner. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt , Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr . is Nascar 's highest - paid driver for a second straight year with earnings of million in 2009. Earnhardt has had little racing success the past two years, with only one win at the track.

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Jimmie Johnson Is the Highest-Paid NASCAR Driver

Jimmie Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR title in 2016. In doing so, he led all earners on the track with a total of $21.8 million — $16.8 million in race winnings and $5 million in endorsements.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., named NASCAR's most popular driver for the 14th straight year, slipped from the top spot for the first time in almost a decade. He missed the last 18 races due to concussion-related injuries, but still finished at No. 2 with $21.1 million in total earnings.

Denny Hamlin, who kicked off the 2016 season with the closest win in NASCAR history at the Daytona 500, was the third-highest earner last year. Hamlin brought in a total of $15.2 million.

PositionCar NumberDriverNet Worth
141Kurt Busch$50 million
221Ryan BlaneyUnknown
347A.J. Allmendinger$18 million
443Aric AlmirolaUnknown
527Paul Menard$30 million
622Joey Logano$24 million
75Kasey Kahne$50 million
815Michael Waltrip$35 million
932Matt DiBenedettoUnknown
106Trevor Bayne$10 million
1175Brendan GaughanUnknown
1242Kyle LarsonUnknown
1378Martin Truex Jr.$30 million
1424Chase Elliot$2 million
1595Michael McDowell$10 million
1634Landon Cassill$5 million
1711Denny Hamlin$45 million
1872Cole WhittUnknown
193Austin DillonUnknown
207Elliot Sadler$25 million
2131Ryan Newman$40 million
224Kevin Harvick$70 million
2315Joey GaseUnknown
2483Corey LaJoieUnknown
2538David Ragan$20 million
2633Jeffrey EarnhardtUnknown
272Brad Keselowski$15 million
281Jamie McMurray$25 million
2919Daniel SuarezUnknown
3013Ty DillonUnknown
3117Ricky Stenhouse Jr.$20 million
3214Clint Bowyer$30 million
3310Danica Patrick$60 million
3448Jimmie Johnson$120 million
3537Chris Buescher$5 million
3696D.J. KenningtonUnknown
3788Dale Earnhardt Jr.$300 million
3818Kyle Busch$50 million
3977Erik JonesUnknown
4020Matt Kenseth$60 million

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All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.

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