NASCAR's 5 most lucrative races (and 1 that's surprisingly missing)
Racers want to win at every opportunity, especially races that have huge payouts in either prestige or dollars. The five most lucrative races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had some surprises, including the fact that the Brickyard 400 didn't make the list, coming in sixth. Following are the five biggest purses for race winners in 2015. Most, if not all, of these races should make the 2016 list as well.
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5. Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, $442,415
Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, started the year red-hot and pocketed a nice chunk of change with a victory in Sin City.
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4. AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, $462,976
Six-time Cup champion Johnson swept both Texas races, including the AAA Texas 500, which was the single biggest payday in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
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3. Duck Commander 500, Texas Motor Speedway, $523,501
Jimmie Johnson loves Texas Motor Speedway and with good reason: It’s a fast track, which plays into the strengths of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team, and it pays well.
2. NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte Motor Speedway, $1,045,009
One of the big draws of NASCAR’s annual All-Star event is the fact that it pays more than $1 million to win. Denny Hamlin was the beneficiary last year, when Joe Gibbs Racing was the dominant team.
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1. Daytona 500, $1,586,503
Joey Logano wrote his name in the book of winners of NASCAR’s most important race last year, giving team owner Roger Penske just his second Daytona 500 victory.