NASCAR: What Is Kurt Busch’s Net Worth?

by Emily Morgan

The older of the Busch brothers, Kurt, has made a name for himself in the NASCAR world. After getting a taste of racing at just 14 years old, Busch has never looked back. Today, he drives full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Chip Ganassi Racing. 

In 2004, he was the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion and 2017’s Daytona 500 winner. Busch is currently the longest-tenured active driver in the Cup Series. 

During his professional career, Busch had done quite well financially. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the older Busch brother has a net worth of $60 million. His younger brother, Kyle, is also one of the highest-paid NASCAR drivers, coming in with a net worth of $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Busch won the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series, worth $1 million to Busch out of a combined purse of $1.9 million. The year before, he won $250k in that same series.

Celebrity Net Worth also reports that from 2007 to 2015, Busch earned $5.87 million, on average per year. They also added that he has consistently made more than $4.1 million per racing season. Not too shabby. 

As with most drivers, Busch garners a good portion of his earnings from endorsements and sponsors. Busch also earns money from the sales of licensed merchandise as well. He has appeared in commercials for Monster Energy Drink and recently released a video in collaboration with Monster Energy, titled “Shifting Gears.”

Kurt Busch Makes Headlines Follwing Cup Series Crash

Recently, Busch made headlines after fellow NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin sent Busch crashing into a wall during a recent Cup Series race in Atlanta. Busch suffered heavy damage to his car, which ended his race early after an impressive start. 

After an unexpected end to his day, Busch let it be known that he was more than frustrated with how the race unfolded. Dude, it’s a 500-miler. These are the days that hurt the worst. This absolutely hurts the worst. I’m pretty pissed off. It’s a restart, where are we gonna go man, chill,” Kurt said after the race. In the end, Busch was awarded a 39th-place finish. Hamlin claimed his spot in the top-five and sits as the current leader in the Cup standings. The eldest Busch finished just behind Hamlin in 5th place.

On Wednesday, Busch and other drivers competed in the NASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series on a virtual dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway. During the race, Christopher Bell led much of the first qualifying round but was overtaken by James Davison in the closing laps, earning Davison a victory. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Busch were among those who didn’t make the top seven to advance. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series makes its next stop on April 21 at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway.