Greatest NASCAR Races of All Time

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The ultimate countdown to pride of the fast lanes greatest installments. WARNING: A lot of them were won by Dale Earnhardt. Description of what happened in the box so you can see if you can remember as well as comment.

The Top Ten

1 1992 Hooter's 500

Richard Petty's last race and Jeff Gordon's first. It also had a championship battle that climaxed in only a ten point differential. Bill Elliott won the race, but Alan Kulwicki won the title - greatesttop10s

2 1979 Daytona 500

On the last lap Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough wrecked and got into a fight which drew in millions of viewers to watch the sport for years to come. Race was won by Richard Petty - greatesttop10s

3 1998 Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt FINNALY wins a race that he has been overdue for his entire career - greatesttop10s

Should be #1. SO MUCH EMOTION

4 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealer's 400

Best ever

The closest finish in history between Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven. Craven won by 0.002 seconds - greatesttop10s

5 1987 Winston

Were people began to truly recognize Dale Earnhardt as the next great driver as he won with the ever famous "Pass in the Grass" - greatesttop10s

6 2007 Daytona 500

Kevin Harvick nips Mark Martin in one of the tightest contested Daytona 500's ever. - greatesttop10s

7 2000 Winston 500

This was a masterpiece of driving. No other race displays that prowess like Dale did in this race. Hands down unquestionably the greatest race of all time.

I'll never forget it best race I ever saw

Dale Earnhardt comes from 16th to first in only rhree laps to win - greatesttop10s

8 1988 Daytona 500

A father-son 1-2 finish between Bobby and Davey allison. Bobby Wins - greatesttop10s

9 2001 Pepsi 400

The first race at Daytona after the death of Dale Earnhardt, and Dale Jr. wins it. That finish was exactly what NASCAR needed at the time.

The greatest ever. Mike and Jr. embracing after win is second in greatest all time sports moments only to 1980 hockey gold medal.

10 2001 Cracker Barrel 500

Kevin Harvick defeats Jeff Gordon in only his third start as a replacement for Dale Earnhardt - greatesttop10s

The Newcomers

? 1969 Talladega 500

S1apSh0es on Youtube said this was the best race ever.

The Contenders

11 2009 Aaron's 499 at Dega

Brat Kesolowski should have been penalized on that one.

Brad Keselowski wrecks Carl Edwards which ends in the destruction of the Talledega fence and a win for Keselowski - greatesttop10s

12 2019 Daytona 500

Um no just a boring generic plate race

Side by side racing all race long along with various strategys and some huge wrecks!

13 2014 Bank of America 500

Why exactly?

14 1994 Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon wins on the hollowed grounds that host the greatest spectacle in racing - greatesttop10s

15 2011 Ford 400

The final race of the 2011 season, with a very close championship battle between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. After the race, they were tied in points, and Stewart won the championship on account of winning more races (5 compared to Edwards's 1)

16 1976 Daytona 500

Richard Petty and David Pearson wreck on the last lap and Pearson wins while Petty is unable to get restarted - greatesttop10s

17 2001 EA Sports 500

Most exciting race I had ever seen. The insane pack racing at Talladega that has everyone's heart pounding wildly. And of course, the huge wreck doesn't happen until the final lap for a little extra drama at the end!

18 2018 Overton 400 Chicagoland

Kyle Busch, my least favorite driver, was in the lead. With 30 to go Kevin Harvick was going for the lead. Busch was able to hold him off and he rode the bottom lane and was comfortable. Then My favorite driver kyle larson was closing in and Busch realized that. He did what he did to hold off Kevin Harvick but it didn't work. Larson rode the high line better UNTIL he hit the wall. He brushed it but he was 1.5 seconds back when he was.40 back. It was 5 to go and there was no way larson would catch busch. Lap traffic slowed down Busch and Larson came back. Last lap. The gap at.30 Larson dove to the bottom into turn one. He tried to slode in front of kyle busch but he was there. They hit and larson cleared busch coming into turn 3 and kyle busch wrecked larson in the end. Kyle busch won larson second and harvick third. It was a painful race to watch for me though. Lol

19 1959 Daytona 500

A photo finish between Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp, with Beauchamp declared the winner. After NASCAR officials studied photos and film footage, the result was reversed three days later, with Petty declared the winner. - GrahamClayton

20 2018 Go Bowling At the Glen

Chase Elliott's 1st win. Potentially the start of something iconic

21 2014 AAA Texas 500

Good fight at the end of the race. Brad Keselowski slams Jeff Gordon and cuts his tire. Then Jeff beats that horse up postrace

22 2000 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500

CLASSIC...The all-time Atlanta wins leader Dale Earnhardt (9) vs the #2 ranked all-time Atlanta Bobby Labonte (6) go to war in the closing laps at Atlanta. Not only were these two drivers the two winnings drivers in Atlanta's history but they were also 1st & 2nd in points battling for a championship...Earnhardt wins the battle by mere inches, however Labonte wins the title by 265 over Earnhardt.

23 2012 Daytona 500
24 2005 Coca-Cola 600

Maybe not the greatest race, but a race to be remembered, the most cautions on a NASCAR Race at an amazing 22-Cautions, and let's not forget the battle for the win between Labonte and Johnson.

25 2012 Talladega

This is 2011 not 2012 smh

One lap to go. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin with the lead. Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick went beside them and they drag raced down the back and jimmie johnson and dale jr came to crash the party. They were coming to the trioval and johnson had to decide to either help Clint Bowyer win or Jeff Gordon. But he's Jimmie Johnson. He dive bombed down the trioval and everyone drag raced tot the finish line and by 0.002 of a second.

26 1993 Daytona 500

Dale Jarrett passes Dale Earnhardt on the last lap and wins with the race being called by his father - greatesttop10s

27 2004 Ford 400

The first season finale in the Chase format, which results in a tight finish. Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson enter the race with a title shot. Busch wins the title by 8 points over Johnson. Greg Biffle, Busch's teammate, wins the race - greatesttop10s

28 1984 Firecracker 400

Richard Petty wins his 200th and final race - greatesttop10s

29 2004 Daytona 500

Was the first win in the Great American Race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He won the race exactly six years after his father did. Also had a dominant car.

30 2013 Auto Club 400
31 1989 Daytona 500

Darrell Waltrip finally wins the 500 miler on fumes, Alan Kulwicki runs out of gas with a few laps to go. This has to be one of the most suspenseful Daytona 500 races ever. - Kwaysar

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