auto racing The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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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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Matt Kenseth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Matt Kenseth age 43

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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Tony Stewart age 45

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Kyle Busch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kyle Busch age 31

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Kevin Harvick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kevin Harvick age 41

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Carl Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Carl Edwards age 36

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Martin Truex, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Denny Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Denny Hamlin age 35

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Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Mark Martin age 58

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Kurt Busch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kurt Busch age 38

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Brad Keselowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Ryan Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Ryan Newman age 39

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Chase Elliott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Chase Elliott age 21

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

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

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Kasey Kahne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Kasey Kahne age 35

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Bobby Labonte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Labonte age 51

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Terry Labonte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Terry Labonte age 59

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Jeff Burton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Jeff Burton age 48

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Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Michael Waltrip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Jamie McMurray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Greg Biffle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Greg Biffle age 47

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A. J. Allmendinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Dave Blaney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Dave Blaney age 54

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Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Juan Pablo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Paul Menard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Paul Menard age 36

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Sam Hornish, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Scott Speed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Scott Speed age 34

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Marcos Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Marcos Ambrose

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Joe Nemechek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Joe Nemechek age 53

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Robby Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Robby Gordon age 48

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Dario Franchitti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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Tony Raines is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
Tony Raines age 52

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Kyle Petty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

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J. D. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Active NASCAR Drivers
J. D. McDuffie Died at 53 (1938-1991)