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The overall best NASCAR drivers is a topic debated each weekend as the top NASCAR drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series compete each weekend at some of the toughest NASCAR tracks around the country.

Every NASCAR fan has their own favorite drivers for different reasons. Some fans will prefer to back some of the more successful drivers like 2012 Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth or perennial favorites like Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. Others will root for the underdog and back female NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.

While this list includes only active NASCAR drivers, not those who have since left racing, many of the names listed will easily go on to become some of the all-time best NASCAR drivers. Following in the footsteps of former NASCAR drivers like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and David Pearson are big names like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Bobby Labonte.

Whether you like a certain driver because of their sponsor, the make of their car, for a personal reason or just that they see a lot of success on the NASCAR circuit, there are no wrong answers here. Tell us which active NASCAR drivers are the best by adding your own list below!

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219 90
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
clash1977 added Jimmie Johnson age 41

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2
144 120
Kyle Busch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kyle Busch age 31

3
110 137
Matt Kenseth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Matt Kenseth age 45

4
130 88
Kevin Harvick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kevin Harvick age 40

5
143 155
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Tony Stewart age 45

6
99 72
Martin Truex, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

7
102 118
Carl Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Carl Edwards age 37

8
139 147
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

9
93 91
Denny Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Denny Hamlin age 36

10
83 66
Brad Keselowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
gamedemon24 added Brad Keselowski age 33

11
87 125
Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Mark Martin age 58

12
87 86
Kurt Busch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kurt Busch age 37

13
64 38
Chase Elliott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
flipkickflip added Chase Elliott age 21

14
68 90
Ryan Newman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Ryan Newman age 39

15
69 91
Clint Bowyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Clint Bowyer age 37

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81 84
Joey Logano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Joey Logano age 26

17
70 98
Kasey Kahne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kasey Kahne age 36

18
48 103
Bobby Labonte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Labonte age 52

19
67 60
Jamie McMurray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
kylew added Jamie McMurray age 40

20
48 92
Terry Labonte is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Terry Labonte age 60

21
38 59
A. J. Allmendinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
wiabux added A. J. Allmendinger age 35

22
21 2
Kyle Larson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
einkorn784 added Kyle Larson

23
101 153
Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

24
40 85
Jeff Burton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Jeff Burton age 49

25
49 81
Greg Biffle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Greg Biffle age 47

26
48 93
Michael Waltrip is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

27
30 85
Dave Blaney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Dave Blaney age 53

28
33 61
Paul Menard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Paul Menard age 35

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22 67
Juan Pablo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
wiabux added Juan Pablo Montoya age 41

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29 47
Marcos Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
kevinh954 added Marcos Ambrose

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19 77
Scott Speed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Tman added Scott Speed age 32