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Earnhardt Jr. highest paid driver in 2011

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:11 pm
By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't won a Sprint Cup Series race in more than three years. But his lack of victories hasn't hurt his wallet at all as Junior topped last year's list of highest paid NASCAR drivers.

Forbes Magazine compiled its annual list of drivers and their salaries and the Hendrick Motorsports pilot led the way with a $28 million take in 2011.

The magazine's earnings figures include driving salaries and personal endorsements, as well as drivers’ share of race winnings and licensing income. 

Here's a look at the complete Top 10:

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  $28 million
2. Jeff Gordon  $24 million
3. Tony Stewart  $22 million
4. Jimmie Johnson  $21 million
5. Carl Edwards  $15.5 million
6. Kevin Harvick  $14 million
7. Kyle Busch  $14 million
8. Danica Patrick  $12 million [indy car]
9. Matt Kenseth  $11.5 million
10. Kasey Kahne  $11 million

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