Champion's Week, day five report

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champions Week - Day 5 * Champion Jimmie Johnson to Collect $6,785,982 in Point Fund Awards * Top 10 Drivers to Share over $22 Million at Year's End * Jeff Gordon Surpasses $82 Million in Career Winnings NEW YORK...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champions Week - Day 5

* Champion Jimmie Johnson to Collect $6,785,982 in Point Fund Awards

* Top 10 Drivers to Share over $22 Million at Year's End

* Jeff Gordon Surpasses $82 Million in Career Winnings

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2006) -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams and drivers have competed all season long for this. It's time to present the final point fund awards and this year's total is another record-setting amount for NASCAR.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) will collect a point fund award of $6,785,982, bringing his 2006 season total winnings to $15,770,125 -- a new single season winnings record. Johnson has won more than $44 million during his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. And that's just the beginning.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 drivers will share $22,081,489, the largest top 10 point fund payout in series history. Each of the Top 10 will receive over $1 million, and they aren't the only million-dollar winners at year's end.

Eleventh-place driver Tony Stewart (No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet) received a $250,000 bonus for finishing 11th and his total point fund award is $1,143,888. Stewart also receives $310,000 for winning three special awards -- the Bank of America Card Services Mid-Race Leader Award, the USG Improving the Finish Award and the WIX Lap Leader Award -- bringing his 2006 total to $8,739,169, the third-highest season total in the series.

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DeWALT Power Tools Chevrolet), who finished second in the standings, receives $2,841,047 from the point fund and $75,000 for the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award -- to go along with his regular-season race winnings of $6,608,919 for a 2006 total of $9,524,966. It is $102,202 more than he won in 2003, when he was the series champion.

Sixth-place Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), the series' all-time money leader, collects $1,495,574 from the point fund for a season total of $7,471,447. With this payout, Gordon's career winnings now total $82,838,526.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 -- those drivers who participated in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- gain the greatest rewards for their efforts, but the point fund is shared among many more drivers, down to 30th place in the standings. In total, more than $30.4 million will be distributed to the top 30 drivers.

<pre> NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 -- Point Awards and Season Totals:

Driver                 Race winnings  Special Awards    Point Fund      Total
 1. Jimmie Johnson     $8,909,143     $75,000           $6,785,982      $15,770,125
 2. Matt Kenseth       $6,608,919     $75,000           $2,841,047      $9,524,966
 3. Denny Hamlin       $4,389,222     $50,000           $2,168,710      $6,607,932
 4. Kevin Harvick      $6,201,578     $100,000          $1,929,828      $8,231,406
 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. $5,466,104                       $1,645,635      $7,111,739
 6. Jeff Gordon        $5,975,873                       $1,495,574      $7,471,447
 7. Jeff Burton        $5,008,882                       $1,356,113      $6,364,995
 8. Kasey Kahne        $6,204,222     $201,000          $1,316,156      $7,721,378
 9. Mark Martin        $4,282,548                       $1,286,200      $5,568,748
10. Kyle Busch         $4,821,093                       $1,256,244      $5,537,337
11. Tony Stewart       $7,285,281     $310,000          $1,143,888      $8,739,169

-credit: nascar

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin