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Daytona 500 2012: Purse, Winnings For NASCAR's Biggest Race

Edit: 2013 Daytona 500 results can be found here. The 2013 Daytona 500 purse is here.

Winning the Daytona 500 results in a very lucrative payday, as you probably can guess. But just starting the Daytona 500 has plenty of benefits, too.

The record $19.1 million purse for Monday night's NASCAR season opener paid $1.59 million to race winner Matt Kenseth, but it also paid a healthy $267,637 to last-place finisher David Ragan.

Most drivers made somewhere between $300,000-$400,000, though there was a lot of prize money for the top three finishers in particular.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned $1.1 million for finishing second – an extra $298,000 than if he had not edged Greg Biffle at the line.

Biffle, though, won't go home empty handed. He gets $804,163 for finishing third.

Here is the purse money for each driver in the Daytona 500 (some amounts are higher than others due to participation in NASCAR's contingency sponsor programs):

  1. Matt Kenseth $1,589,387
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. $1,102,175
  3. Greg Biffle $804,163
  4. Denny Hamlin $702,091
  5. Jeff Burton $559,550
  6. Paul Menard $427,900
  7. Kevin Harvick $415,261
  8. Carl Edwards $403,466
  9. Joey Logano $346,063
  10. Mark Martin $323,313
  11. Clint Bowyer $339,002
  12. Martin Truex Jr. $535,052
  13. Marcos Ambrose $341,858
  14. Bobby Labonte $331,196
  15. Dave Blaney $296,513
  16. Tony Stewart $379,025
  17. Kyle Busch $341,821
  18. Terry Labonte $292,200
  19. Tony Raines $292,763
  20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $304,275
  21. Ryan Newman $336,221
  22. Landon Cassill $319,945
  23. David Gilliland $309,335
  24. Regan Smith $332,421
  25. Casey Mears $304,746
  26. David Reutimann $309,335
  27. Elliott Sadler $305,788
  28. Joe Nemechek $287,363
  29. Kasey Kahne $297,988
  30. Michael McDowell $292,175
  31. Jamie McMurray $318,608
  32. Brad Keselowski $322,295
  33. Aric Almirola $320,986
  34. AJ Allmendinger $328,325
  35. Trevor Bayne $283,200
  36. Juan Pablo Montoya $312,391
  37. David Stremme $282,075
  38. Danica Patrick $281,715
  39. Kurt Busch $277,913
  40. Jeff Gordon $317,549
  41. Robby Gordon $268,150
  42. Jimmie Johnson $327,149
  43. David Ragan $267,637

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