Daytona 500 purse for 2014 sets record: Earnhardt Jr’s prize money totals over $1.5 million

It took nearly an entire day and night to complete, but in the end, it was all worth it for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt raced to his second Daytona 500 win of his career on Sunday, edging out Denny Hamlin. Not only did he get to celebrate in victory lane, but he also added a big paycheck to his bank account. The total purse for the winning driver this year was $1,506,363, which is slightly less than the $1,525,275 Jimmie Johnson earned in 2013. Despite the winning driver’s payday being less than last year’s, the overall payout for the race set a record at $19,784,864, according to SB Nation.

Hamlin also earned over $1 million in prize money for his second place finish. Drivers who finished No. 5 or better all earned greater than $500,000 for the day.

Following is a breakdown of the payout for each driver:

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. $1,506,363

2. Denny Hamlin $1,148,451

3. Brad Keselowski $847,721

4. Jeff Gordon $731,399

5. Jimmie Johnson $589,399

6. Matt Kenseth $518,362

7. Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. $434,588

8. Greg Biffle $413,838

9. Austin Dillon $424,674

10. Casey Mears $377,221

11. Joey Logano $376,354

12. Landon Cassill $306,850

13. Kevin Harvick $368,196

14. Jamie McMurray $361,777

15. Bobby Labonte $325,213

16. Reed Sorenson $342,446

17. Carl Edwards $340,638

18. Marcos Ambrose $363,458

19. Kyle Busch $373,504

20. Terry Labonte $339,996

21. Kurt Busch $331,763

22. Ryan Newman $331,638

23. Alex Bowman $334,346

24. Josh Wise $322,888

25. Brian Scott $336,035

26. AJ Allmendinger $321,788

27. Justin Allgaier $327,513

28. Cole Whitt $315,663

29. Parker Kligerman $318,338

30. Brian Vickers $350,388

31. Kasey Kahne $350,413

32. Paul Menard $550,702

33. Trevor Bayne $316,438

34. David Ragan $323,738

35. Tony Stewart $349,521

36. David Gilliland $322,968

37. Michael Annett $313,605

38. Kyle Larson $310,248

39. Aric Almirola $317,939

40. Danica Patrick $282,778

41. Michael Waltrip $278,628

42. Clint Bowyer $302,344

43. Martin Truex Jr. $292,311

[Source: SB Nation]