NASCAR fans love to hate Kyle Busch. He’s definitely not afraid to speak his mind or to rub people the wrong way, and his brashness manifests itself both on and off the track. “Controversial” would probably be the best word to describe him.
As if you need more reasons to hate Rowdy, the Las Vegas, Nevada native also happens to make a lot of money. We’re talking massive amounts of dough. We’re talking mega bucks. We’re talking a net worth of $50 million. You feel that? That’s you, slowly turning green from envy.
Maybe just merely seeing Kyle Busch’s net worth alone is enough to get you going, but here we’ll also look at where exactly all of Kyle’s money comes from.
The majority of Kyle Busch’s money comes from his NASCAR racing career. In 2017, he made a total income of $14.7 million, putting him only behind Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Of that $14.7 million, $13.1 came from salary and winnings.
Just look at his career achievements, and you’ll see why Kyle is one of the highest-paid drivers in stock car racing. Beginning his NASCAR driving career in 2003, Busch is one of only five drivers who have won a championship in both the Xfinity Series and the Sprint Cup Series. In 2005, he became the 14th driver (14 more have come after him) to win a race in each of NASCAR’s three national series.
Driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry race car for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch has dominated both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (48 wins, 255 top-10 finishes, and 30 poles) as well as the NASCAR Xfinity Series (92 wins, 248 top-10 finishes, and 64 poles). In fact, Busch is the all-time wins leaders in the Xfinity Series with 92.
Other NASCAR accomplishments for Kyle Busch include the 2004 Busch Series Rookie of the Year, the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year, the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, two Brickyard 400 victories, and three Can-Am Duel victories. Not to mention that Busch also has 21 NASCAR wins at Bristol and is the first race car driver in the Monster Energy Cup Series to win on every track he’s raced on.
Hate him or love him, but you can’t argue with Rowdy’s exceptional racing résumé.
Merchandising and Endorsements
In 2017, Busch made $1.6 million in endorsements and licensing. With personal sponsorship deals with Monster Energy and Electric Visual, Busch also sold the fourth most merchandise among NASCAR drivers in 2017.
See, we told you Kyle Busch was loaded. But the NASCAR great’s ridiculous net worth doesn’t keep him from giving back. In 2006, Busch started The Kyle Busch Foundation, which helps to give back to children in need. Working alongside Pedigree, Busch also established the Kyle’s Miles program in 2008, helping dogs in shelters.
When she’s not taking care of their son Brexton, Kyle Busch’s wife Samantha Sarcinella also joins in her husband’s philanthropic efforts by working with the Kyle Busch Foundation as well as a subsidiary of the foundation known as the Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund.
It does make it just a little bit harder to hate Kyle knowing how much he and his family give back to the community.
As far as other money-making ventures are concerned, Busch is also the team owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports, which became the first Camping World Truck Series team to win the owners’ championship in its first year after racking up eight wins, 16 top-5 finishes, and 21 top-10 finishes in 2010. Kyle Busch has said that it costs around $3.2 million to run a full-season team, but considering his team’s successes, he’s likely seeing that money back and then some.
Busch may invest most of his time and money into car racing, but he also made his big-screen debut in the 2017 movie Logan Lucky as a West Virginia state trooper.
Rowdy has had his own run-ins with the law, so we’re sure the irony of his cameo role was not entirely lost on him.
Considering that he is one of the richest race car drivers in the United States though, we’re guessing that Kyle is able to laugh at himself from time to time.