Daytona 500 purse, payout breakdown: How much prize money will the winner make in 2021?

The winner of Sunday’s Daytona 500 will not only walk away with bragging rights as the top finisher of the NASCAR Cup Series season opener, but also a nice chunk of change.

How much money will that driver make? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery.

Back in 2016, NASCAR changed its policy and stopped disclosing racers’ earnings in Cup Series box scores because of its charter system. The move frustrated fans in part because it eliminated interesting conversations about total winnings and made driver comparisons more difficult.

Last year, though, NASCAR peeled back the curtain ahead of the Daytona 500 by announcing a record-setting purse would be distributed among 40 drivers. So far, NASCAR has kept the 2021 payouts private, so estimating the purse requires some guesswork.

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What is the Daytona 500 purse for 2021?

  • 2021 Daytona 500 purse: TBD ($23.6 million in 2020)

NASCAR has not yet revealed details about the purse for the 2021 Daytona 500. Prior to the 2020 race, it announced a purse of $23.6 million, the highest total in the history of American motorsports. That’s a far cry from the first running of the Great American Race in 1959, when Lee Petty’s victory netted him nearly $20,000.

In 2015, the last year the figures were released before the policy change, the purse landed around $18 million.

How much money does a driver get for winning the Daytona 500?

Again, NASCAR has not shared specifics regarding payouts based on finish, so don’t take these as hard numbers.

When Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 2015, he 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 $1.5-2 million seems like a fair estimate.

List of Daytona 500 past winners

Year   No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1959   42 Lee Petty Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile
1960   27 Junior Johnson John Masoni Chevrolet
1961   20 Marvin Panch Smokey Yunick Pontiac
1962   22 Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens Pontiac
1963   21 Tiny Lund Wood Brothers Racing Ford
1964   43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises (2) Plymouth
1965   28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford
1966   43 Richard Petty (2) Petty Enterprises (3) Plymouth
1967   11 Mario Andretti† Holman-Moody (2) Ford
1968   21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing (2) Mercury
1969   98 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Ford
1970   40 Pete Hamilton Petty Enterprises (4) Plymouth
1971   43 Richard Petty (3) Petty Enterprises (5) Plymouth
1972   21 A. J. Foyt Wood Brothers Racing (3) Mercury
1973   43 Richard Petty (4) Petty Enterprises (6) Dodge
1974   43 Richard Petty (5) Petty Enterprises (7) Dodge
1975   72 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet
1976   21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing (4) Mercury
1977   11 Cale Yarborough (2) Junior Johnson & Associates (2) Chevrolet
1978   15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Ford
1979   43 Richard Petty (6) Petty Enterprises (8) Oldsmobile
1980   28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile
1981   43 Richard Petty (7) Petty Enterprises (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 Racing 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
1995   4 Sterling Marlin (2) Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3) Chevrolet
1996   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   15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
2002   22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
2003   15 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   21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing (5) Ford
2012   17 Matt Kenseth (2) Roush Fenway Racing (2) Ford
2013   48 Jimmie Johnson (2) Hendrick Motorsports (7) Chevrolet
2014   88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) Hendrick Motorsports (8) Chevrolet
2015   22 Joey Logano Team Penske (2) Ford
2016   11 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   11 Denny Hamlin (2) Joe Gibbs Racing (3) Toyota
2020   11 Denny Hamlin (3) Joe Gibbs Racing (4) Toyota