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Top 10 Best NASCAR Drivers of All Time

10. Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is an Indiana born dweller entered NASCAR in the year of 1999 through the IndyCar series, where he was a series champion in the year of 1997.
He made himself well known and reputed enough in the rough and hard planet of the United States Auto Club (USAC). Stewart has claimed four USAC championships out of which also consisted of something extraordinary win at that time of USAC’s “Triple Crowns.” Tony Stewart has achieved to win three Sprint Cup Championships and has 49 victories in NASCAR’s premier series, which also consists of two Brickyard 400 triumphs in his so loved and favourite Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony has around two races waiting to drive in before he departs from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

9. Junior Johnson

Robert Glenn Johnson Jr was known more familiarly as Junior Johnson, who was a NASCAR driver in the years amidst the 1950s to 1960s. He triumphed on around 50 NASCAR race events in his whole before departing from the racing scene in the year 1966. In the years of 1970s to 1980s, he grew up to have a NASCAR racing team under his name. Junior Johnson is acknowledged for being the first one to have utilized the drafting skill in stock car racing. As a NASCAR car driver, Johnson had claimed or received awards like being called one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in the year of 1998. In 1991, He got inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and lastly, he was even added into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23rd, 2010.

8. Bobby Allison

Robert Arthur Allison, more highly known as Bobby Allison is a Miami, Florida born ex-driver and holder of American professional stock car racing. Allison had committed himself to his first race when he was a senior at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, Miami. As he was only 17 years old at that time, he had to demand his parent’s acceptance, as soon as his mother had agreed or allowed him, he presumed that the permission was everlasting rather than for only that race. He holds the award of being NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers or racers. He had won the Winston Cup in the year of 1983 and also claimed the Daytona 500 around 3 times in the years 1978, 1982, and 1988.

7. Darrell Waltrip

Darrel Lee Waltrip is an American motorsports investigator, writer, ex-broadcaster, and prior racing driver. He began his racing career at the age of 25 by racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup in the Winston 500, at Talladega, Alabama, which was the series accelerated and lengthy course of 2.66 miles, driving a 1969 Mercury Cyclone bought from Holman Moody. He concluded his race with the 38th ranking after having to stop in the 69th lap due to the engine failing. He is known to have won the NASCAR Cup Series three times in the years 1981, 1982, and 1985. He is also a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner up in the years 1979, 1983, and 1986. Recently, he has been considered as a layout advisor on some of the upcoming courses also consisting of the Kentucky Motor Speedway and the Nashville Superspeedway. He got added to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in the year of 2003. He even got elected in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of the year 2012. Waltrip had 84 victories that had tied him to the 4th place in NASCAR’s records with Bobby Allison.

6. Cale Yarborough

Cale Yarborough is an American who is a farmer, businessman, and a prior NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and team holder. He is known to be one of the only two in NASCAR’s records to have won three successive championships. All over having 83 triumphs in the NASCAR Cup Series binds him with Jimmie Johnson for the sixth ranking. Cale Yarborough has been victorious in the Daytona 500 for four times with his first victory in the year of 1968 for the team Wood Brothers, and second victory in 1977 for Junior Johnson and then consecutive two wins in 1983 and 1984 for Ranier-Lundy Racing. He is also considered as the 3-time champion of the National Press Association Driver of the Year Award.

5. Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is from Vallejo, California is known to be a prior proficient stock car racer and now present a Fox NASCAR broadcaster and the highest administrator of Hendrick Motorsports. Previously he had driven the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 23 full seasons of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series amidst 1993 to 2015. He began his racing career in the Busch Series with High Connerty Racing, continuing to Bill Davis Racing where he achieved to win three races and grew up to start always racing in the Winston Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 1993. He is a four-time champion and the youngest person to have won a NASCAR title (24 years) in the year of 1995. He is also a Daytona 500 champion for three-time in years 1997, 1999, and 2005 respectively. Gordon is at the all-time third position with 93 victories with having the maximum victories by anyone in the NASCAR modern age with 13 wins at the time of the Winston Cup Series. Gordon was added to NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers List in the year 1998. In 2019, he got inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

4. David Pearson

David Gene Pearson born in Spartanburg, South Carolina was an American stock car racing driver who started his career in the year 1960 and won the first season and achieved the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award. He had triumphed over three championships and every year he always raced for the NASCAR’S Grand National Series. Pearson was added to The National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in the year 1991 and into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993. He got inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends in 1998.

3. Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson, born in El Cajon, California is an American racer who has been a winner of seven NASCAR championships and was also the first one to achieve the crown of fix successive years amidst 2006 to 2010. Jimmie began his career when he got transferred to Hendrick Motorsports in the year 2002 where he drove in the Winston Cup Series. He concluded fifth in the first season and second in the years 2003 and 2004 and finally won his first Cup Series Championship in 2006 continuing till 2010. Around the time of 2002 to 2017, he made 83 career triumphs out of which 222 were top five, 341 were top tens, and 35 were pole positions. In the year 2000, People noticed Johnson as one of their “Men in the Fast Lane.” Johnson got the award of Driver of the Year five times and was given the first driver to win the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award.

2. Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt, born in North Carolina, pursued his father into the universe of competent car racing. He was considered as the “Intimidator” due to his attacking approach. He had won seven-point championships and was the first race driver to be entitled to $30 million in career gain. Dale Earnhardt had 76 Winston Cup Race victories also consisting of the Daytona 500. He got added to the North Carolina Hall of Fame in the year of 1994. He got entitled to be in the list of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in the year 1998. Dale Earnhardt was deceased in a sudden last-lap crash at the time of the Daytona 500 which is known as a relevant and significant point for developing more safety measures in the conditions of car racing, specifically NASCAR.

1. Richard Petty

Richard Petty, a prior American race driver also popularly known as “The King” drove amidst 1958 to 1992 in the NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series. He became the first driver to have achieved to win the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times and also won a maximum of 200 races in his whole timespan of racing. Richard as per statistics was the best racer of all time. He got added to the first class of NASCAR Hall of Fame in the year 2010. He got added to the International Hall of Fame in the year 1997. Richard was rewarded the Medal of Freedom Award by George Bush in 1992, making him the first motorsports athlete ever to have achieved such an award.

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