We all know that it takes a rocket science degree to completely understand how NASCAR drivers get paid. Factoring in race finishes, prestige of the race, sponsorship, and endorsement deals, there are numerous ways that a driver gets paid.
But one of those factors is not laps run. Whether a driver completes every lap of the scheduled distance or just 10 laps, he will still walk away with a hefty sum.
So, using driver earnings through the first 29 races of the season, I have compiled a list of the top 15 earners, based on how much money they have made for each lap they have run.
And the results would indicate that while winning races may be more glamorous, being a start and park driver not only means less work time, but more money for the little time you are on track.
Note that the following list only contains drivers who currently rank in the top 50 of NASCAR's drivers points standings.