Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bobby Labonte Closing in on Paul Menard's FLOPPER Lead

Bobby Labonte's 31st place finish at Charlotte brought him a bit closer to the FLOPPER lead.

Not that far back are three more drivers within striking distance. And in the next group back in yellow, we find Sam Hornish, who single-handedly spun himself out twice to bring out the first two cautions of the race. Nice job.

I thought it would be interesting this week to include the prize winnings of each driver in this grouping, and compare how it's totally unrelated to their place in the standings.

Just to be sure, the total combined winnings for these ten drivers is nearly 36 million dollars this year.

Would you have guessed that Reed Sorenson has made nearly a million dollars more than David Ragan this year? That's 26 percent more than Ragan over the course of the season, for basically the same performance.

Jamie McMurray's prize winnings are the lowest in this group. But he's still averaging more than $101,000 per race. Martin Truex, the highest on this list, is averaging over $131,000 per race. Next week we'll consider how much money they make per lap and per mile.

One last point: Dale Earnhardt Jr is only 1 point ahead of Martin Truex in the standings, and could very possibly find himself on this table next week.

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