Winnings change slightly each year. For example, in the 2013 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second place) won $1,104,814 and Mark Martin (third place) won $817,013.
In the 2012 Daytona 500, Dale Jr. (second place) $1,103,150 and Greg Biffle (third place) $804,163.
In the 2012 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr., earned $1,103,150. for finishing second.
Danica Patrick earned $357,464 for her 8th place finish in the 2013 Daytona 500.
$1,000 for 3rd and $2,000 for 2nd
$2000 for 2nd $1000 3rd
The second place in the general classification wins €200,000. (First place is €450,000 ; third place is €100,000).
In the 2013 Daytona 500, Danica Patrick earned $357,464for finishing eighth.
Its usually depends who the second place finisher is in big meets. But yes, they usually do get paid but much less.
2012 last place driver David Ragan gets $267,637
Third Place is said to receive approximately $50,000.