Archive for March, 2013
When Forbes released the list of top paid NASCAR drivers, it was no surprise that the top two positions were taken by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. Last year’s Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski was in 10th place and there is a lot of difference between the top 2 and the 10th position. The fact is that Jimmie Johnson in 2nd place has double the earnings of Brad Keselowski. These figures represent not just the track earning, but also the earnings from promotions and other advertisements add to the earnings.
Top 10 Of Forbe’s List Of Top Paid NASCAR Drivers
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $25.9 million
2. Jimmie Johnson – $23 million
3. Tony Stewart – $18.7 million
4. Jeff Gordon – $18.1 million
5. Carl Edwards – $13.7 million
6. Kevin Harvick – $13 million
7. Danica Patrick – $12.9 million
8. Kyle Busch – $12.5 million
9. Kasey Kahne – $12 million
10. Brad Keselowski – $11.4 million
What Are The Earnings That Are Used To Decide The Forbe’s List Top Earnings?
The Forbe’s list that has been released has Dale Earnhardt Jr leading the way with Jimmie Johnson behind him and the earnings are not just based on their earnings on track. The fact that Earnhardt is still the first choice when it comes to merchandise promotion is the factor why he is on the top step with deals that he currently has with Wrangler, Chevy, Nationwide and Goody’s. He has started a new venture in partnership with KLN Family Brands in the name of Dale Jr. Foods. The new venture is up and running and the products have already hit stores. Danica Patrick also has a few endorsements and that has been able to move her up to 7th position just a bit off Kevin Harvick at 6th position.
The one who won
It was good luck for Kenseth when his third win came on the occasion of his 41st birthday. You must have seen all the exciting news breaking out on blogs and sites if not on the television. The main reason was the superb condition of Math Kenseth’ car. It has performed well for the third time in three consecutive races this season. The number twenty team was especially happy to see it pay off in the final round. Kenseth and his Dollar General Toyota car piloted to a win on Sunday at the Kobalt Tools 400 race on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway event. The race was on his birthday and he was charged to hold off Kasey Kahne in the final 30 laps. It was certainly a duel to match and watch. The victory lap came when the late pit stop came on and Kenseth merely refueled. After that he was out on the pit road and onto his winning streak when other cars were busy getting two car tires replaced.
Stats of Kenseth’s victory
If you have been following the statistics of the races in which Kenseth has participated you will notice:
This win was the third win of Kenseth at Las Vegas
It was a first since 2004
He became the third driver in the series to win on his birthday
When Kenseth was asked the reasons for his win he stated that, though he does not believe in setting goals, his goal was to win this time and he wanted to win early in the game. He knew that there was no pressure except the pressure that he applied to himself. He also knew that his Coach expected him to win the races and he did not want to disappoint anyone.
Other stats of the game
Besides Kenseth, the other winners and other statistics of the game are:
The top five drivers were Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Busch, Carl Edwards – in that order
Jimmie Johnson finished in the sixth position and he left Las Vegas as the leader of the series
He ended with five points ahead of Keselowski and earned ten points ahead of Earnhardt who finished in the third place
The state of those who did not win
Those who do not achieve their desired objective turn up frustrated. Keselowski dropped to the 13th place due to a mishap that occurred on the pit road. He and his crew had to change four tires. Keselowski finished fourth in Daytona and Phoenix events and he was not happy with his performance at this race. He felt that they have to get better at execution in order to better their luck at winning. Kahne and Johnson were close contestants and Busch ended up fourth while on Saturday he had come in second place. Nascar car rallies are a great thrill for car racing fans. Car rally weekends are eagerly awaited for by fans all over Las Vegas and from other parts of the country.
NASCAR Seeks To Restore Individuality In Cars Once Again
Understandably, numerous fans across the world were extremely upset with this change. It somehow reduced the charm of the game to a great extent since a Ford lover could hardly distinguish their favorite car from a Toyota. Finally, in an attempt to rectify this error, NASCAR has tried to bring back the glorious days of the past and restore the individuality that these cars sported so proudly.
Finally Something To Look Forward To
What’s more is that these cars are now being made to resemble what they stand for. For example, the Talladega track saw the introduction of 3 new vehicles into its family – the Chevrolet SS, the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry. Moreover, manufacturers and officials are now trying to ensure that when a new car now comes along, it should try to be as generic as possible. Thus, fans can now go back to the old days of hooting for their favorite cars instead of just hooting for their favorite driver or manufacturer. Another advantage that these cars could bring to the fold is that are not as easy to handle for the drivers. This brings the focus back on driver skills which was missing in the past few years. Lastly, these new cars might also help in restoring the old era creativity which teams used to gain an edge over each other and in turn restore the true charm and spirit of NASCAR.