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