The NASCAR drivers have had a lot of money recently, but their pay has remained flat.
The biggest jump in pay was a 4.3% raise for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the final three months of the year, but the other drivers saw their pay increase by less than 1% in the same period.
The top-five earners at the end of the season were Dale Earnhart Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Ryan Blaney and Dale Jarrett.
All but Jarrett received pay increases, while Newman received a 1.5% raise.
Newman was the highest-paid driver, but only due to the 1.2% increase in his base pay.
Earnhardt, Jr. and Blaney all saw a 1% raise, while Elliott and Newman both saw 1% raises.
Jarrett, Newman and Blayley all saw increases of 1.1% or less, while Blaney was the only one to see a 2% raise and Elliott a 1%.
Blaney and Earnhardt all received base pay increases of 2.2%, but Jarrett was the most heavily paid driver, with a 4% increase.
Newton’s base pay was $1.1 million in the second quarter of the 2016 season.
That number was $5.8 million the second year.
It was slightly higher in the third quarter, but still under $1 million.
Earnhardt Jr., Elliott, Newman, Blaney, Jarrett and Blayne all had base pay increase of 3.4% for the year.
Blaney’s base salary jumped by $5 million in that time.
Earnhart, Jr., Newman and Jarrett all saw base pay rises of 1% or more.
Newmans base salary was $7 million in 2016.
That was $4.8 for the season.
Blayne was the other driver with a base salary increase of 1%.
Blaney is the only driver who earned a base pay hike this year, and he’s still the highest paid driver in NASCAR.
Jermaine Stewart, the youngest driver at the time, had a base base salary of $5,000,000.
That figure was $6.2 million the year before.
The top five drivers received base salary increases of 5.9%, 3.6% and 2.9%.
Stewart earned a 5.1 percent base pay bump in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, while Earnhardt was the top paid driver.
Stewart’s base base pay rose by $3.1M in 2016 and by $1M the year prior.
Jared Hartley, who was in his first year in the sport, was the youngest drivers driver at $2.3 million in his third year.
He was followed by Matt Kenseth, who had a $1,600,000 base base base payment.
Hartley’s base payment rose by 5.2%.
Hartley’s first year base base paid was $2 million, but he only earned a $200,000 increase in the fourth year.
His base base compensation rose to $3 million, and his base base pays have increased by 10% every year since.