There are plenty of NASCAR drivers who smoke or who used to smoke, despite the stigma surrounding tobacco. Driving around a track at high speeds can be very stressful. Many find a cigarette to be relaxing, so it's not surprising so many NASCAR drivers are seen smoking before or after a race.
Which NASCAR drivers smoke? In recent years, due to NASCAR attempting to lessen ties to tobacco companies, more and more drivers are quitting smoking altogether. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., for example, used to smoke before finally kicking the habit. Many retired NASCAR drivers, however, smoked throughout their careers. Some even smoked while racing. Regardless of what you think of tobacco, smoking while steering is an impressive feat. To learn more about NASCAR drivers who use tobacco, browse this list!
Buddy Baker was known to smoke cigarettes before a big race to calm his nerves.
- Age: Dec. at 74 (1941 to 2015)
- Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina
A. J. Allmendinger is reportedly a former smoker.
- Age: 40
- Birthplace: Los Gatos, California
Brad Keselowski reportedly used to smoke, but no longer does.
- Age: 37
- Birthplace: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Jamie McMurray reportedly quit smoking in 2005.
- Age: 45
- Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States of America