Where you win makes a difference over how many times you win

Is winning everything? Kevin Harvick hasn't won since February's frantic finish in the Daytona 500, but he's piled up more than $7 million and ranks second in earnings.

Updated: November 11, 2007, 1:36 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

Money. It's the lifeblood of professional sports. In some ways that's good, as athletes are motivated by it to provide us with maximum effort in search of more money for themselves. But there's a dark side, too, such as when athletes become overpaid and lazy, seemingly motivated only to show up and cash in. Though no athlete would ever admit to this, we have all seen it.

NASCAR does its level best to give fans the former instead of the latter. It is geared toward competition at all times, ...

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