Top Ten Most Underrated NASCAR Drivers

Drivers that aren't recognized for all they truly are.
The Top Ten
1 Regan Smith

Replaced Dale Jr? Please... I like Regan as much as the next guy but if anyone its Kasey Kahne, he is easily the worst driver on Hendrick, but sure lets replace a guy with 26 wins and a top ten driver every race with Regan Smith... no thanks.

Regan actually in my opinion is very talented! He deserved more (good) opportunities in NASCAR!

Regan Smith is a great driver who kept a low budget team up front. He should've been kept at Hendrick Motorsports and replaced Dale Jr.

Should be full time in Cup Series right now.

2 Mark Martin

Undoubtedly the best driver never to win a championship. Humble, and physically and mentally fit. Fantastic at oval tracks, which is showcased by the fact that he's the only 5 time IROC Series champion in history. Running partial seasons in the Busch series, he commanded a team that consistently dominated races. Runner up so many times and by such small margin, even his fellow racers consider him to be champion quality.

The only thing that we remember about Mark Martin was that he celebrated too early at Bristol, but he's one hell of a driver

This guy is the oldest guy racing at the cup level. And yet he's still constantly in contention for wins.

He really deserved a title. Best driver who never won a championship by a landslide.

3 Trevor Bayne

Some people clearly don't know the difference between "underrated" and "overrated". Bayne is overrated.

That is very true I also think Bayne should go to Sprint Cup - michaelwalton

This guy is an amazing driver. He rarely finishes below 20th. And, he's also won the Daytona 500. He should've gone cup instead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - CrackersInJuly

Even to this day I don't understand why Bayne isn't driving for Roush in the 17. Stenhouse should've stayed a bit longer.

4 Dave Blaney

He deserved to be in a Penske car

Should have gone to Penske in the #22 instead of that moron LogaNO - mister83e

Anoother Regan Smith story. - CrackersInJuly

5 Jeff Gordon Jeffery Michael Gordon is an American former professional stock car racing driver, currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR, and a top executive for Hendrick Motorsports.

They say he doesn't have it anymore. Tell that to this season- a win, and aside from 2 wrecks (Talladega and the All Star Race) his worst finish is 13th. Need I say more?

Mr. Gordon is put down way too much. He is a 4 time champ with 84 wins and counting. That's the most in NASCAR's modern era. The facts say it all. - CrackersInJuly

Jeff has been the face of gentlemanly sportsmanship and yet others continue to put him down! His charities show what a caring man he truly is.

6 Michael Waltrip

The guy may not have won much, but he runs a great team and is posibly the best plate racer in the sport. - CrackersInJuly

7 Kurt Busch Kurt Thomas Busch is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The guy may be a hothead like his brother, but you have to admit. The temper isn't the only thing that was passed over between the two. They both could drive a ball of dirt to the win any day. - CrackersInJuly

8 Austin Dillon

This guy has the courage to drive the famed #3. He's also won in it twice. He deserves a cup ride. - CrackersInJuly

9 Ryan Blaney

I'm gonna agree that he is underrated but he is the Justin Haley of the Cup Series. You aren't changing my mind on that.

The son of Dave. He is a great racer and yet still doesn't have a full time cup ride.

He is such a great racer and I think he'll win before Chase Elliot

10 Joe Nemechek

He can beat anyone on the field but NASCAR does not look at him as a good driver they ignore him a lot he knows how to win he's done it 4 times but they don't look at him good

How much last place finishes has he got? tell me. - UltraGamer

The Contenders
11 Paul Menard

Is a good.. very good racer. in his position in life 999.9% of us would have failed at any thing. he is a very nice person.. rare today

12 Martin Truex, Jr.

Soon he will be overrated no one cared for him till 2017

Doing a great job so far this year in the #78 car

He is just on a God aful team. If he stayed wit MWR, he would be good

13 Brad Keselowski

He finally got the recognition he deserves when he got the championship last year, but has deserved it all along. What can I say? The guy is an awesome driver.

14 A. J. Allmendinger

Even though he got busted in a drug test he still is a talented driver and should be given a chance to race sprint

He is a great driver, and he is a good driver on a bad team

Winning with a JTG Car in Watkins Glen. Got the chance to win Indy 500. Great Ringer, and he deserves to be in 2015 Chase

15 Kyle Busch

Results speak for themselves. Competitive everywhere in anything. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his talent.

This guy is one of the most talented drivers ever.

This guys a beast

One of the most talented drivers ever... if you take out Petty, Pearson, Earnhardt, Johnson, Gordon, Stewart, DW, Allison, Harvick, Kenseth, and about 30 others.

16 Joey Logano

A great talent. Hasn't been on a decent Cup team to showcase it yet. Even though he was with JGR, his team lead by Zipidelli was a joke.

17 Brian Vickers

Can't wait for vegas!

He is one of the most consistent drivers out there. When he drove for hendrick he was good!

His average finishes for last season are unreal, he is truely underrated.

18 Jeff Burton
19 Kyle Larson

Now I'm not a fan of Larson but like him or not, he is easily one of the best drivers not only in NASCAR, but in the world.

Nascar doesn't respect him like they should. He will show them in 2020!

20 J. D. McDuffie

653 races with no win. I do feel for his family. He died.

R.I. P J. D McDuffie

21 Mike Bliss

Contantly fishs 15 I peice of crap car, even beat danica patrick in points when he start and parked it half the time

22 David Ragan

Two career wins and a near Chase appearance in 2008, yet still drives with the low-budget Front Row Motorsports, with whom he last won with at Talladega in 2013.

23 Jamie McMurray
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr., known professionally as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jr., or just Junior, is an American professional stock car racing driver and champion team owner.

Pfft he's overrated not underrated

25 Chase Elliott

Hasn't won a cup race yet as of 2-17-18 but in two years has finished in the top 5 1/3 of his races and top 10 2/3 of the time. Not to mention he's only in his early 20s. Will be a champ before it's all said and done

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