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The all-time greatest NASCAR drivers include members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with current top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Some of the best NASCAR drivers of all-time have a longer list of accomplishments than others but with a fan base of nearly 75 million fans, everyone is sure to have a good argument on why one racer is better than the next. Have an opinion? Tell is which famous NASCAR drivers you think are the best ever by adding your own list below!

Many would make the argument that the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the best NASCAR driver of all time despite his career coming to a sad end too soon. His seven Sprint Cup Championships is rivaled by only one other driver, who can also bring a good case for the best NASCAR driver of all-time, Richard Petty. Petty of course made his impact first, winning seven titled between 1964 and 1979, while Earnhardt dominated the next decade and a half with seven championships between 1980 and 1994.

Others will flock to a current driver as the best NASCAR driver of all time on the argument that Jimmie Johnson, who reigned supreme in the 2000s with five championships, is the best ever and still has plenty of years left in his career to prove that. Same goes for the likes of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who have been hot on Johnson's tail throughout the past decade.

All of these NASCAR racers and many more listed below will be remembered as some of the best men and women to ever put on a fire suit and compete on the oval tracks. They might not be your typical athletes but considering NASCAR trails only professional football in viewers, they sure are doing something right.

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1,074 409
Richard Petty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Richard Petty age 79

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1,267 430
Dale Earnhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Dale Earnhardt Died at 50 (1951-2001)

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1,067 486
Jeff Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Jeff Gordon age 45

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630 291
Cale Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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671 301
David Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
David Pearson age 82

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877 421
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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581 250
Bobby Allison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Allison age 79

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560 312
Darrell Waltrip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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559 282
Bill Elliott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bill Elliott age 61

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595 319
Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Mark Martin age 58

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462 212
Junior Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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388 229
Lee Petty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Lee Petty Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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373 174
Buddy Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Buddy Baker age 76

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602 384
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Tony Stewart age 45

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360 149
Fireball Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Fireball Roberts Died at 35 (1929-1964)

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390 276
Rusty Wallace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Rusty Wallace age 60

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311 223
Ned Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Ned Jarrett age 84

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339 263
Dale Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Dale Jarrett age 60

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316 211
Benny Parsons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Benny Parsons Died at 66 (1941-2007)

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359 236
A. J. Foyt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
A. J. Foyt age 80

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295 266
Bobby Labonte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Labonte age 52

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257 112
Alan Kulwicki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Alan Kulwicki Died at 39 (1954-1993)

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462 461
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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225 118
Terry Labonte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Terry Labonte age 60

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203 55
Davey Allison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
willyboymcoy added Davey Allison Died at 32 (1961-1993)

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345 379
Kyle Busch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Kyle Busch age 31

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218 132
Harry Gant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Harry Gant age 77

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270 271
Matt Kenseth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Matt Kenseth age 45

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156 175
Curtis Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Curtis Turner Died at 46 (1924-1970)

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136 120
Buck Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Buck Baker Died at 83 (1919-2002)

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150 95
Ricky Rudd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Peter R added Ricky Rudd age 60

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239 193
Harry Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Harry Grant Died at 38 (1877-1915)

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194 130
Tim Richmond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Tim Richmond Died at 34 (1955-1989)

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136 164
Herb Thomas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Herb Thomas Died at 77 (1923-2000)

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62 33
Donnie Allison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Donnie Allison age 77

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103 55
Neil Bonnett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Neil Bonnett Died at 48 (1946-1994)

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108 61
Mario Andretti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
flipkickflip added Mario Andretti age 77

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108 49
Kevin Harvick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Kevin Harvick age 41

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120 131
LeeRoy Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
LeeRoy Yarbrough Died at 46 (1938-1984)

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136 148
Jeff Burton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
EduardoRuizGarcía added Jeff Burton age 48

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144 247
Geoff Bodine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Geoff Bodine age 66

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188 325
Kurt Busch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Kurt Busch age 38

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81 69
Ernie Irvan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Ernie Irvan age 58

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120 141
Sterling Marlin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Drcynic added Sterling Marlin age 58

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104 66
Carl Edwards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Zbrewer80 added Carl Edwards age 37

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40 41
Wendell Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Wendell Scott Died at 69 (1921-1990)

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43 34
Red Byron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Red Byron Died at 45 (1915-1960)

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39 36
Ron Hornaday, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Ron Hornaday, Jr. age 58

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98 106
Denny Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
JamesRyan added Denny Hamlin age 36

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42 40
Ward Burton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Ward Burton age 55