William Clyde “Chase” Elliot currently drives for Hendrick Motorsports, wowing viewers practically every time the rubber hits the road. He’s the son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champ Bill Elliot. The pair are one of three father-son champions in history – Chase won the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.
He became both the first rookie to win a national series championship with NASCAR and the youngest champion in that particular series. He’s driven under the iconic numbers 24 and 9, and he was one of the three future stars on the July 13, 2009 cover of “Sports Illustrated.” In Phoenix in 2020 he got the biggest win of his career with his first Cup Series championship. He’s won Most Popular Driver several years in a row.
Kurt Busch- 30 Wins
Kurt Busch won the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the 2017 Daytona 500. He drives the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing as a full-time racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Busch is one of few drivers of who have won races in the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
As admirable as his skills and wins are on the track, off of it, Busch has been known for engaging in verbal abuse of his team members and the media. He shared in 2011 that he was working with a sports psychologist on his anger issues. Busch has also been under investigation for physical assault and was caught cheating on his first wife.
Denny Hamlin- 2006 Sprint Cup Rookie Of The Year
A lot of stock car racers get their start racing go-karts at a young age and Denny Hamlin was one of them. He started racing go-karts at only 7 years old. Hamlin first gained recognition when he won Rookie of the Year at the 2006 Spring Cup and qualified for NASCAR Playoffs.
Currently, Hamlin is a full-time racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and drives the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin has won over 30 NASCAR Cup Series races, the biggest being the Daytona 500 in 2016 and 2019. He has been credited as one of the most consistent drivers, and he has won at least one race every year from 2006 to 2017 Cup seasons and another one in 2019.
Ryan Newman – The Rocket Man
With a series of lightning-fast qualifying laps and an astounding 51 pole positions throughout his 20-plus-year career, Ryan Newman has more than earned his nickname. His number of pole positions ranks as the ninth-most in the history of the Cup Series. Not only that, but Newman also has plenty of cup wins since he started racing in 1993.
18, with some of the biggest moments on his resume being the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400. He’s still driving, which means that all the other drivers have to contend with his blazing speed as they try to find a victory. He has tons of other accolades, including several Rookie of the Year titles, and the 2003 Driver of the Year.
Sterling Marlin – The Repeat Winner
Making his NASCAR debut in 1976, right after high school, Sterling Marlin was destined for speedway greatness. He was actually filling in for his injured father, and while an oil pump failure ruined his chances in that race, he’d go on to make track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA twice between 1980 and 1982.
He won Rookie of the Year for the Winston Cup Series in 1983, and from then there was little that could stop him. He ended up winning the Daytona 500 two years in a row – 1994 and 1995 – and then the year after that he won the 1996 Winston 500. He’s been the Tennessee Professional Athlete of the Year twice, and he was also named one of NASCAR’s 75 greatest drivers.