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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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Richard Petty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Richard Petty age 78

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1,248 426
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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1,049 479
Jeff Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Jeff Gordon age 45

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624 288
Cale Yarborough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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666 298
David Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
David Pearson age 81

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863 416
Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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576 250
Bobby Allison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Allison age 79

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553 310
Darrell Waltrip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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551 281
Bill Elliott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bill Elliott age 60

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589 318
Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Mark Martin age 58

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457 212
Junior Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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382 229
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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369 174
Buddy Baker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Buddy Baker age 74

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594 383
Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Tony Stewart age 44

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354 149
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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385 274
Rusty Wallace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Rusty Wallace age 60

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335 263
Dale Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Dale Jarrett age 59

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307 223
Ned Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Ned Jarrett age 83

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312 211
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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354 235
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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291 265
Bobby Labonte is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Bobby Labonte age 52

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453 459
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers

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252 112
Alan Kulwicki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Alan Kulwicki Died at 39 (1954-1993)

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222 118
Terry Labonte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Terry Labonte age 60

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342 372
Kyle Busch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Kyle Busch age 31

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198 55
Davey Allison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
willyboymcoy added Davey Allison Died at 32 (1961-1993)

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215 132
Harry Gant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Harry Gant age 75

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268 270
Matt Kenseth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Matt Kenseth age 43

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154 174
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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134 119
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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237 192
Harry Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Harry Grant Died at 38 (1877-1915)

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191 129
Tim Richmond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Tim Richmond Died at 34 (1955-1989)

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134 163
Herb Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Herb Thomas Died at 77 (1923-2000)

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148 94
Ricky Rudd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Peter R added Ricky Rudd age 59

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101 54
Neil Bonnett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Neil Bonnett Died at 48 (1946-1994)

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119 129
LeeRoy Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
LeeRoy Yarbrough Died at 46 (1938-1984)

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60 32
Donnie Allison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Donnie Allison age 77

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102 47
Kevin Harvick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Kevin Harvick age 40

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104 61
Mario Andretti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
flipkickflip added Mario Andretti age 77

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142 246
Geoff Bodine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Geoff Bodine age 66

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134 147
Jeff Burton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
EduardoRuizGarcía added Jeff Burton age 48

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79 68
Ernie Irvan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Ernie Irvan age 56

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118 139
Sterling Marlin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Drcynic added Sterling Marlin age 58

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185 323
Kurt Busch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
Kurt Busch age 38

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39 40
Wendell Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Wendell Scott Died at 69 (1921-1990)

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95 102
Denny Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
JamesRyan added Denny Hamlin age 35

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42 32
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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61 70
Joe Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Joe Weatherly Died at 42 (1922-1964)

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61 64
Tim Flock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
wolfdaddy added Tim Flock Died at 74 (1924-1998)

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48 39
Martin Truex, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NASCAR Drivers
brian-james added Martin Truex, Jr. age 35