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Motor homes and private jets? Old-timers raced for 10 bucks and a case of beer

Let's put this money thing in perspective. Richard Petty earned $8.5 million over a 35-year career that produced seven Cup championships. Yet The King trails Scott Wimmer -- yes, Scott Wimmer -- on the career earnings list.

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

As the honorable Mr. David Newton has just taught us, NASCAR and money go together like ice cream and chocolate syrup. You can have one without the other, but you would always know that something was missing.

As much as we'd like to think that stock car racing's earliest heroes showed up to race simply to see who had the fastest car, the truth is no one would have shown up at all if there hadn't been some cash on the line.

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