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    NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    Holy crap! I knew these guys made bank but not this much bank!

    Nascar's Highest-Paid Drivers - Forbes.com

    No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnings: $30 million
    No. 2 Jeff Gordon: Earnings: $27 million
    No. 3 Jimmie Johnson: Earnings: $23 million
    No. 4 Tony Stewart: Earnings: $19 million
    No. 5 Carl Edwards: Earnings: $14 million
    No. 6 Kevin Harvick: Earnings: $13 million
    No. 7 (tie) Kyle Busch: Earnings: $12 million
    No. 7 (tie) Kasey Kahne: Earnings: $12 million
    No. 9 (tie) Matt Kenseth: Earnings: $11 million
    No. 9 (tie) Mark Martin: Earnings: $11 million



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    Re: NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    Also, NASCAR's most valuable teams:

    Nascar's Most Valuable Teams - Forbes.com

    No. 1: Hendrick Motorsports, Current value: $350 million, One-year value change: none
    No. 2: Roush Fenway Racing, Current value: $238 million, One-year value change: -12%
    No. 3: Richard Childress Racing, Current value: $153 million, One-year value change: -8%
    No. 4: Joe Gibbs Racing, Current value: $144 million, One-year value change: none
    No. 5: Richard Petty Motorsports, Current value: $124 million, One-year value change: -6%
    No. 6: Penske Racing, Current value: $110 million, One-year value change: -1%
    No. 7: Stewart-Haas Racing, Current value: $98 million, One-year value change: 23%
    No. 8: Michael Waltrip Racing, Current value: $88 million, One-year value change: -12%
    No. 9: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Current value: $71 million, One-year value change: 1%
    No. 10: Red Bull Racing Team, Current value: $59 million, One-year value change: 7%



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    Re: NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    somebody on that list has made a killing living off his daddy




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    Nice job DEI lol




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    Re: NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJoe View Post
    somebody on that list has made a killing living off his daddy
    And it's too bad that he won't lose his ride also. There are a lot better drivers that would do anything to be on that team.



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    Re: NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJoe View Post
    somebody on that list has made a killing living off his daddy
    True, but give Dale some credit - at least he's bringing in his own fortune using the family name instead of being and absolute leech draining the family fortune like a lot of spoiled rich kids end up doing...

    Quote Originally Posted by deadeyededric View Post
    And it's too bad that he won't lose his ride also. There are a lot better drivers that would do anything to be on that team.
    You gotta realize it's not always about winning - sometimes it's about who brings in the most $$$. And in Dale's case, he brings in even more $$$ than the guy that just got done winning 4 straight Cups...


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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeyededric View Post
    And it's too bad that he won't lose his ride also. There are a lot better drivers that would do anything to be on that team.
    Won't happen but it should. The guy has won 1 race in 2+ years and that was a fuel mileage race. But he keeps getting voted #1 fan driver so I don't think Hendrick would boot him.



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    Re: NASCAR's highest paid drivers

    Michael Schumacher drives F1. He made around 80 million in 2004 and 60 million in 2005 because he did not win that year.


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    Dale Jr. would have been far better off going to Childress. I said it then and I will say it now. He is not a great driver, but I believe he is better than it seems. He had a bunch of bad luck last year. He doesn't share a garage with the other two guys and I think there are some things not shared between the teams. I watched Daytona and say him drive the last 2 laps there. He is still a good enough driver but for some reason or another he doesn't ever have the right car. Some of that is him but very rarely does it seem like he has a fast car. I would say that he makes money of his name, however I don't think that is his intention. It has just happened that way. I am sure he would rather win than make that much money.


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    Junior doesn't have to win and it's showing!

    Still, he's not a bad role model. Seems down to earth and humble(not sure how with that wealth).



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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeyededric View Post
    And it's too bad that he won't lose his ride also. There are a lot better drivers that would do anything to be on that team.
    I thought we were talking about Paul Menard....



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    Quote Originally Posted by pulse View Post
    I thought we were talking about Paul Menard....
    IMO, Paul Menard is actually breaking out. He didn't deserve his past rides, but is actually running competitive this year. No, he's not top 3 material, but has been solid and you don't hear his ******** about every little thing.

    Jr. has said before he does not like to test and that set him back a lot.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJoe View Post
    somebody on that list has made a killing living off his daddy
    Jr. didn't ask for all this attention, though. Most of his fans just made the switch when Sr. died. I think there is a difference between asking for attention and just getting it. I wouldn't say Jr. is living off his dad. It was the fans' choice to root for him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    Dale Jr. would have been far better off going to Childress. I said it then and I will say it now. He is not a great driver, but I believe he is better than it seems. He had a bunch of bad luck last year. He doesn't share a garage with the other two guys and I think there are some things not shared between the teams. I watched Daytona and say him drive the last 2 laps there. He is still a good enough driver but for some reason or another he doesn't ever have the right car. Some of that is him but very rarely does it seem like he has a fast car. I would say that he makes money of his name, however I don't think that is his intention. It has just happened that way. I am sure he would rather win than make that much money.
    The only problem I see with what you said is that he is getting the same cars that Gordon,Johnson, and Martin are getting. In the last off season and during practices they had the other three drivers drive his cars to set them up right and they got Jrs. cars to go just as fast as their own. When the race would then come up the cars that the others had gotten set up to be like theirs Jr could not get them going at all. I think that most of it has to do with his driving skills (which are lacking).



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    Quote Originally Posted by agardini View Post
    The only problem I see with what you said is that he is getting the same cars that Gordon,Johnson, and Martin are getting. In the last off season and during practices they had the other three drivers drive his cars to set them up right and they got Jrs. cars to go just as fast as their own. When the race would then come up the cars that the others had gotten set up to be like theirs Jr could not get them going at all. I think that most of it has to do with his driving skills (which are lacking).

    Different drivers have different styles on how they want there car to feel.

    Example 1... Jimmy Johnson never won at Bristol in before last weekend. The last 3 years before this one he used Jeff Gordon's setup for his car, which he HATED. Finally this year Knaus and company decided to go and use their own setup... Look what happened.

    Example 2... Kyle Busch. He loves a loose fast race car that feels like it is on dirt. So does Carl Edwards. They absolutely do nothing if their cars are tight just a hair bit.

    Also, Gordon, Johnson, and Martin have never jumped in Jr's car during practice sessions during the regular season. Maybe in the off season when temps are colder, and Goodyear tries out different tire packages. During the season not once.

    Gordon and Johnson have their cars in the same garage, use all the same technology an sharing, and all cars were made the exact same. This was not true for Martin's car and Jr's until this year. Remember the 88 team was the crappy #25 team that Brian Vickers had. They never shared resources or notes with the other team #5 until now. And it shows... Jr is better in practices this year and his speeds are better. He just needs to prove it more on raceday.

    Listen... You just don't forget how to drive. Either he has a really bad confidence issue or the equipment isn't as good as the 2 main drivers at Hendrick.



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