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2013 Daytona 500 Purse: Breaking down the prize money for 43 finishers


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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. (Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports)

Danica Patrick stole the headlines with her unbelievable performance in the Daytona 500 time trials, finishing in first place and thus sitting in the pole position for NASCAR’s season-opening race on Sunday. While she was not able to hang on to the top spot, she still earned a massive payday with her eighth-place finish.

[Related: Mark Martin nearly gets 50 Cent to change his name at Daytona]

Jimmie Johnson proved the fastest on Sunday, garnering himself far more than a simple confetti parade and a big ole’ trophy — the pay day for Johnson’s first place finish was a cool $1,525,275.

But he wasn’t the only one to walk away from the track with a fat paycheck. The total Daytona 500 payout came in at just under $20 million. The $19.3 million spread out amongst all the drivers is the most in the history of the race and, simply put one big chunk of change for a single day.

Here’s the full payment breakdown, according to SB Nation:

1) Jimmie Johnson: $1,525,275

2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. $1,104,814

3) Mark Martin $817,013

4) Brad Keselowski $707,855

5) Ryan Newman $573,271

6) Greg Biffle $481,864

7) Regan Smith $411,822

8) Danica Patrick $389,464

9) Michael McDowell $368,121

10) J.J. Yeley $338,738

11) Clint Bowyer $373,086

12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $373,399

13) Aric Almirola $358,449

14) Denny Hamlin $330,739

15) Bobby Labonte $337,647

16) David Reutimann $324,872

17) Dave Blaney $322,785

18) Marcos Ambrose $340,072

19) Joey Logano $339,057

20) Jeff Gordon $362,229

21) Paul Menard $343,279

22) Michael Waltrip $309,554

23) Scott Speed $305,514

24) Marin Truex Jr. $340,114

25) Travis Kvapil $317,038

26) Terry Labonte $307,838

27) Trevor Bayne $308,789

28) Kurt Busch #336,234

29) Casey Mears $312,314

30) Jeff Burton $311,031

31) Austin Dillon $313,583

32) Jamie McMurray $328,933

33) Carl Edwards $334,164

34) Kyle Busch $377,610

35) David Ragan $308,188

36) Kasey Kahne $334,118

37) Matt Kenseth $544,306

38) David Gilliland $283,879

39) Juan Pablo Montoya $318,593

40) Josh Wise $276,953

41) Tony Stewart $321,179

42) Kevin Harvick $346,418

43) Joe Nemechek $264,354

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