Top Ten Classic NASCAR Drivers


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1Richard Petty

One of NASCAR's all time greats, however I would rate his main rival David Pearson higher. David has 105 wins vs. Petty's 200 but at a time when a season was 75-80 races long. David Pearson did not compete in the full season like Petty however has 3 championships and 105 wins, not bad for a part time driver driving usually fords in smaller tracks and mercury for superspeedways (better than the nose- heavy Hemi). One of the best Daytona 500 finishes 1976 Pearson drives wrecked Merc across finish line ahead of Petty to win.

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2Dale Earnhardt

A driver who pushed the limits who would do what it took to win a race whether pass bill Elliot in the grass or flip terry labonte. To me he is the Michael Schumacher of NASCAR winning races anyway he can no matter how much destruction he left in his wake. Unfortunally killed at Daytona blocking for Michael waltrip when he should have gotten out of the way.the same age his father died. However that being said he was still fun to watch

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3Bobby Allison

One of the most consistent drivers I have ever seen. Very competitive into his fifties. In I remembered him best for the 1987 Talladega crash that led to restrictor plates being fitted the following season ( race is is sold on dvd) first driver to win with the new smaller gm-10 cars and oldest winner of the Daytona 500 at 52. Would have probably had 90 wins if wreck at Pocono not ended his career.

4Alan Kulwicki

Last genuine honest to god independent driver to win the Winston cup using a budget the size of hendrick racing's tyre budget. Since David Pearson is not on this list despite a higher winning percentage than Richard petty. The only reason king Richard has 200 wins is because the silver fox did not usually run the full 70-80 races in NASCAR's schedule during the time period he drove. Alan Kulwicki was the last(owner-driver) champion before the the mega teams took over and made the sport the mess it is today.

5Jeff Gordon

First seen Jeff Gordon on ESPN's Thursday Night Thunder back late '80's driving a miget sprint car at Indianapolis raceway park. Had a feeling he was going to be one of the best then. His first Daytona 500 brough back memories of Dale Earnhardt in rookie '79. Jeff's debut in Winston Cup marked a new generation had arrived, not since Davy Allison was anybody so competitive. Jeff joined Hendrick when they finally got they're act together and started winning. (was easy for Chevy in the 90's since Buick and Olds withdrew and the Ford Thunderbird after 89 was as aerodynamic as Kenworth)Anyway I was hoping to see Jeff close in on David Pearson's win record but he is doing what Richard Petty should have done by the mid 80's; retire before becoming a backmarker( where Dale Earnhardt was heading in 2000)

6Cale Yarborough

Football player becomes NASCAR driver, nfl's loss NASCAR's gain. Cale is tough as they come. Three consecutive championships. He's the reason I'm a NASCAR fan to this day. Snowed in my house in 1979 watched the Daytona 500 on a very wet track once the race got under way the race became an allday slug fest between Cale and the Allison bros. With a very young dale Earnhardt and terry labonte in the mix.The race ended with Petty who had been mid pack all day winning when Cale and Donnie crashed on the last lap. Petty won his first race in a year but Cale and Donnie fistfighting in the infield was far more entertaining.

Cale Yarorough was ten times the driver Dale Earnhardt ever thought about being. He had the ability to drive all out and still think in a duel with somebody else. Earnhardt just plowed right through people and didn't have the talent it took to be a thinking driver.

7Fireball Roberts

Baseball player turned NASCAR driver. Part of the first generation of greats.

8Tim Richmond

An slightly overrated driver driving for a new team (hendrick) won a few races probably would have been a champion if he wasn't so much a playboy. Ultimately being a playboy is what killed him. One of the early casualties of AIDS

9David Pearson

Pearson should be ahead of Petty on this list.

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The Contenders

11Lee Petty
12Tony Stewart

He will retire soon if he runs this bad, but he is still a good driver

13Jimmie JohnsonJimmie Kenneth Johnson is an American professional stock car racing driver and a six-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
14Donny Allison
15Mark Martin
16Harry Gant

He drove the skoal bandit for Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds. Now that is Classic

17Rusty Wallace
18Bill Elliott
19Adam Petty
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2. Jeff Gordon
3. David Pearson
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2. Richard Petty
3. Alan Kulwicki
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2. Dale Earnhardt
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