Jeff Gordon is consistently ranked as one of the best stock car drivers. Gordon started racing at the ripe age of five in quarter midgets. By age 6, he had already won 36 races, setting 5 records along the way. Known as the “Kid” at the start of his NASCAR career, he started professionally racing at age 16.
By age 20, he became the youngest person ever to win the USAC Silver Crown. Not only does he have a hunky, Tom Cruise look, but he has also brought a much-needed freshness to the sport. By the time he retired in 2015, he had 93 wins to his name, the third-most in the history of NASCAR.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.- The "Pied Piper" of Daytona
Being born to the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. leaves you little choice but to be a great racer yourself, especially when you have the same name. While he’s known for being the son of one of NASCAR’s best drivers in history, he has made his own name for himself. Dale, otherwise known as the “Pied Piper” of Daytona, won the Daytona 500 twice; in 2004 and 2014.
He also won the Most Popular Driver Award fifteen times in a row, from 2003-2017. If that doesn’t impress you, maybe his $400 million net worth will. Earnhardt has won 26 Cup Series. Despite his wins, he chose to retire in 2017. Nowadays, you can find him as an analyst for NASCAR on NBC.
Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano- 52 Wins
Joey Logano is a current full-time racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and a part-time racer in the Xfinity Series. You can find him driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang GT. Although he’s still shy of 30, he’s managed to win an impressive 52 races. Logano’s first big win was in the 2008 Nationwide Series during the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
At 18 years old and 21 days, he was the youngest driver to win a Nationwide Series race. 2016 was one of Logano’s most successful seasons. He finished in the top five in 22 races and in the top ten in 28 races. Logano is the current champ of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and he plans to defend that title for the 2019 season.
Brad Keselowski- 67 Wins
Brad Keselowski may not have been racing for over twenty years like some other big racers, but he already has a Cup Series championship and an Xfinity Series championship under his belt. Brad, a Michigan native who has been racing since 2004, currently is a full-time contender in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where he drives the number 2 Ford Mustang for Team Penske.
He is also a part-time racer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he drives the No. 12 Mustang for Team Penski. Growing up in a family of racers, it was only natural that Brad would join the ranks. While he ultimately placed 12th in the Daytona 500, the racer already has much to be proud of; an impressive 67 race wins.
Darrell Waltrip- 84 Wins
Darrell Waltrip was inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012 and for good reason. The three-time NASCAR Cup series champion had 84 wins throughout his career. A Kentucky native who started his career in go-carts at age 12, not much could stop him. He’s ranked fourth by NASCAR on the all-time wins list in the Cup Series.
Despite having retired in 2000, he still holds many records. After retiring from the sport, Waltrip became an analyst for NASCAR and race commentator. In 2001, he started his career with Fox and has become known as one of the most popular NASCAR analysts. Owing to his popularity over the years is the fact that he’s considered by many to be the total package driver.