Who is NASCAR's Greatest Driver Ever?

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Today we jump into the heated debate of who is the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock car racing.[1] The privately owned company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948,[2] and his son, Jim France, has been the CEO since August 6, 2018.[3] The company is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida.[4] Each year, NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

NASCAR has been the target of criticism on various topics from various sources. Some critics note the significant differences between today's NASCAR vehicles and true “stock” cars.[55] Others frequently cite the dominance of the France family in NASCAR's business structure, policies, and decision making. Recently, the increased number of Cup drivers competing consistently in the Xfinity Series races has been hotly debated. Another general area of criticism, not only of NASCAR but other motorsports as well, includes questions about fuel consumption,[56] emissions and pollution, and the use of lead additives in the gasoline. Originally scheduled for 2008, NASCAR adopted the use of unleaded fuel in all three of its top series in 2007.[57] In 2011, NASCAR switched to E15 “green” fuel (15% ethanol and 85% gasoline) for all three touring series.[58]

As NASCAR has made moves to improve its national appeal, it has begun racing at new tracks, and ceased racing at some traditional ones – a sore spot for the traditional fan base. Most recently, NASCAR has been challenged on the types and frequency of caution flags, with some critics[59][60][61] suggesting the outcome of races is being manipulated, and that the intention is not safety, as NASCAR claims, but closer racing. There have been a few accidents involving fans during races and even some off the tracks, but no spectator has ever been killed during a race in an accident relating to the race,[62][63][64] although a fan was killed by a lightning strike in 2012 after the 2012 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono was called short due to the storm.[65] It was revealed in 2008 that a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR stemming from the crash of a company plane was settled for $2.4 million.[66][67]

For years, NASCAR had been under criticism for allowing the Confederate flag to be flown during races. Former chairman Brian France tried to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks in 2015, which caused anger among fans.[68] It had previously asked fans to voluntarily stop flying the flag after the 2015 Charleston church shooting, but this did not end the practice. Bubba Wallace, the only African-American NASCAR top-circuit driver, drove the next race in a car with Black Lives Matter livery, and appeared in an anti-racism video with a number of white drivers.[69] On June 10, 2020, in the wake of protests related to the killing of George Floyd, NASCAR announced that the display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all of its events and properties.[68]

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  2. Cannot argue at all about your choices, and thanks for throwing in a quick pic of David Pearson. As far as pure skill goes, he certainly deserves a mention. I would argue that Rusty Wallace deserves the same consideration.

  3. It's obviously Shane van Gisbergen with his win rate at 50%, 1st race was a win, and he only ever lost 1 race. He's literally 1-2 in races.

  4. I don't care what anyone really says but to me Petty isnt the "king" more like a fraud, so out of the 3 7x champs Dale is the best.

    Petty always had the way better car than everyone else and NASCAR allowed it.
    More races per season.
    Barely anyone in the fields, sometimes he was only racing against like 15 people.
    Not a lot of competition.
    Im pretty sure his 198th win he was found with a bigger engine, and different tires, and NASCAR allowed him to keep the win so he could hit 200 wins.

    And then you got Jimmie Johnson being handed his 7th Championship because of the bs caution that was thrown so Carl Edwards couldn't win, so Carl eventually retired because of the BS NASCAR was doing.
    The garbage points system and gimmicks.
    He did have good competition so ill give him that.
    Lucky dog, so he could get his laps back easily.
    Those BS phantom cautious that they would throw out.
    No more racing back to the line.

    Dale Earnhardt raced during the most challenging years.
    Most dangerous years.
    He had to race back to the line under caution.
    No lucky dog.
    He had a ton of competition during the 80s and 90s, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Alan 7, Davy Allison, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte etc.

    So my GOAT list would be:
    1st Dale Earnhardt: 76 wins, 7 Championships.
    2nd Jeff Gordon: 93 wins, 4 Championships.
    3rd Jimmie Johnson: 83 wins, "7" Championships.
    4th Richard Petty: 200 wins, 7 Championships.
    5th Darrell Waltrip: 84 wins, 3 Championships.
    6th Kyle Busch: 63 wins, 2 Championships.

  5. Only driver to go out with both guns blazing on the last lap on the biggest stage as the absolute superstar of the sport.Nobody will ever come close ever!! Dale Earnhardt.

  6. Nascar is a joke from 2004- to the present day! There are NO real champions of Nascar in this time period! The broken point system made sure of that. If you race your ass off for most of the season (26 races or so) it means absolutely NOTHING come chase time! That's just ridiculous, crazy and plain Idiocracy! Gordon would have won the title in 2004-2007-2014! In 2007 he was 312 points ahead of 2nd place tony Stewart but when the chase started and the field reset he was behind his teammate Johnson because Jimmie had more wins! Now how DUMB is that! Jimmie had more wins but Gordon was obviously the most consistent driver all year! Gordon would have won in 2014 and would have been winning titles up to his retirement! Gordon is the best driver in NASCAR history. I will never say Johnson is the greatest NEVER! He won his titles in a system that favored everyone but the leader come chase time! Johnson is the LeBron James of Nascar!

  7. This is how Nascar history should look! Petty 7 titles
    Earnhardt 7 titles
    Gordon 7 titles!
    Harvick 4 titles!
    Johnson 3 titles
    Hamlin 3 titles
    Edwards 2 titles!
    But instead we have a broken point system that totally changed Nascar history and stole titles from many drivers and gave more titles to drivers that they shouldn't have! Gordon should be the greatest driver of all time!

  8. Its gotta be Jeff Gordon. The man raced and beat Dale in his prime, mentored Jimmie Johnson into the legend he is, and won so much he forced NASCAR to change the rules against him. He's my 7 time champion for sure.

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