How NASCAR drivers get paid – It’s Complicated

In any given NASCAR race, it’s not uncommon for the winner to make less money than the drivers finishing later because the prize money system is a lot more complex than you’d expect.

Let’s take a look at some of the factors contributing to size of a NASCAR driver’s wallet.

Finishing Purse


All drivers get paid for qualifying and participating in a race. Naturally, the amount is determined by the finishing position.