The winner of Sunday’s Daytona 500 will walk away with not only bragging rights as the best runner-up of the NASCAR Cup season opener, but also a fair amount of change.
How much money will that driver make? Well that’s a bit of a mystery.
In 2016, NASCAR changed its policy and stopped disclosing broker earnings in the Cup Series box scores due to its charter system. The move frustrated fans in part because it eliminated interesting conversations about total earnings and made it difficult for drivers to make comparisons.
Last year, however, NASCAR opened the curtain before the Daytona 500 by announcing that a record bag would be distributed to 40 drivers. Until now, NASCAR has kept the 2021 payments private, so estimating the money requires some guesswork.
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What is the Daytona 500 bag for 2021?
- Daytona 500 2021 Wallet: TBD ($ 23.6 million in 2020)
NASCAR has yet to release details about the bag for the 2021 Daytona 500. Ahead of the 2020 race, it announced a bag of $ 23.6 million, the highest total in the history of American motorsports. That’s a far cry from the first Great American Race in 1959, when Lee Petty’s victory earned him nearly $ 20,000.
In 2015, the last year the figures were released before the policy change, the exchange raised about $ 18 million.
How much money does a driver get for winning the Daytona 500?
Again, NASCAR hasn’t shared details about the ending-based payouts, so don’t take them as hard numbers.
When Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 2015, earned $ 1,581,453, which breaks down to just under nine percent of the $ 18 million purse that year. Applying that percentage to the 2020 purse of $ 23.6 million, the winner would receive approximately $ 2.07 million.
A general range of $ 1.5 million to $ 2 million seems like a fair estimate.
List of past winners of the Daytona 500
|1959||42||Lee Petty||Small companies||Oldsmobile|
|1960||27||Junior johnson||John masoni||Chevrolet|
|1961||twenty||Marvin panch||Smokey Yunick||Pontiac|
|1962||22||Fireball Roberts||Jim Stephens||Pontiac|
|1963||twenty-one||Tiny lund||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|1964||43||Richard Petty||Small Business (2)||Plymouth|
|1966||43||Richard Petty (2)||Small Business (3)||Plymouth|
|1967||eleven||Mario Andretti †||Holman-Moody (2)||Ford|
|1968||twenty-one||Cale Yarborough||Wood Brothers Races (2)||Mercury|
|1969||98||LeeRoy Yarbrough||Junior Johnson & Associates||Ford|
|1970||40||Pete hamilton||Small Business (4)||Plymouth|
|1971||43||Richard Petty (3)||Small Business (5)||Plymouth|
|1972||twenty-one||AJ Foyt||Wood Brothers Races (3)||Mercury|
|1973||43||Richard Petty (4)||Small Business (6)||Dodge|
|1974||43||Richard Petty (5)||Small Business (7)||Dodge|
|1975||72||Benny parsons||LG DeWitt||Chevrolet|
|1976||twenty-one||David pearson||Wood Brothers Races (4)||Mercury|
|1977||eleven||Cale Yarborough (2)||Junior Johnson & Associates (2)||Chevrolet|
|1978||fifteen||Bobby allison||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford|
|1979||43||Richard Petty (6)||Small Business (8)||Oldsmobile|
|1981||43||Richard Petty (7 years)||Small Business (9)||Buick|
|1982||88||Bobby Allison (2)||DiGard Motorsports||Buick|
|1983||28||Cale Yarborough (3)||Ranier-Lundy (2)||Pontiac|
|1984||28||Cale Yarborough (4)||Ranier-Lundy (3)||Chevrolet|
|1985||9||Bill elliott||Melling Racing||Ford|
|1986||5||Geoffrey bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|1987||9||Bill Elliott (2)||Melling Racing (2)||Ford|
|1988||12||Bobby Allison (3)||Stavola Brothers Racing||Buick|
|1989||17||Darrell waltrip||Hendrick Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet|
|1990||10||Derrike Cope||Whitcomb Races||Chevrolet|
|1991||4||Ernie irvan||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|1992||28||Davey allison||Robert Yates Racing||Ford|
|1993||18||Dale jarrett||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet|
|1994||4||Sterling marlin||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet|
|nineteen ninety five||4||Sterling Marlin (2)||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet|
|nineteen ninety six||88||Dale Jarrett (2)||Robert Yates Racing (2)||Ford|
|1997||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet|
|1998||3||Dale earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|1999||24||Jeff Gordon (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (4)||Chevrolet|
|2000||88||Dale Jarrett (3)||Robert Yates Racing (3)||Ford|
|2001||fifteen||Michael waltrip||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet|
|2002||22||Ward burton||Bill Davis Racing||Dodge|
|2003||fifteen||Michael Waltrip (2)||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2)||Chevrolet|
|2004||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (3)||Chevrolet|
|2005||24||Jeff Gordon (3)||Hendrick Motorsports (5)||Chevrolet|
|2006||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports (6)||Chevrolet|
|2007||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing (2)||Chevrolet|
|2008||12||Ryan newman||Penske Racing||Dodge|
|2009||17||Matt kenseth||Roush Fenway racing||Ford|
|2010||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|2011||twenty-one||Trevor bayne||Wood Brothers Races (5)||Ford|
|2012||17||Matt Kenseth (2 years)||Roush Fenway Racing (2)||Ford|
|2013||48||Jimmie Johnson (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (7)||Chevrolet|
|2014||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 years)||Hendrick Motorsports (8)||Chevrolet|
|2015||22||Joey logano||Penske Team (2)||Ford|
|2016||eleven||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing (2)||Toyota|
|2017||41||Kurt busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|2018||3||Austin dillon||Richard Childress Racing (3)||Chevrolet|
|2019||eleven||Denny Hamlin (2)||Joe Gibbs Racing (3)||Toyota|
|2020||eleven||Denny Hamlin (3 years)||Joe Gibbs Racing (4)||Toyota|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.