Kyle Larson attended his first race only a week after his birth. Thankfully, he wasn’t driving then. His first time driving was at the age of seven in outlaw karts in Northern California. In his teen years, he made a name for himself in open-wheel cars, earning him the nickname “Yung Money.”
He cashed in on his skill by joining NASCAR when he was only 20, quickly proving that he had what it takes to make it big. Since then, he’s been a big winner, with multiple Rookie of the Year awards and wins in all three NASCAR national series. Not only that, but he was the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champ. Even more, he’s also won the ARCA Menards Series! Truly prestigious.
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.
Greg Biffle – The First of Three
There’s a lot we can say about Greg Biffle’s incredible career. Since he started in 1995, he started climbing the ladder of NASCAR and doing it with aplomb. He won 20 times in the Xfinity Series from 1996 to 2009, and he also notched 17 wins in the Craftsman Trucks Series before being moved up to the big leagues.
When he started winning in the Cup Series (to the tune of 19 victories in more than 14 years), he became the sixth of only 36 drivers to win a race in each of NASCAR’s three national series. He’s also the first of only three drivers to have won a championship in both the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series.
Randy LaJoie – The Xfinity Champ
Beginning in go-karts when he was just 11 years old, Randy LaJoie couldn’t wait to get into the big leagues. He had to wait until he was 19, and then it was go time. He was the 1981 track champion in the sportsman division at the Danbury Fair RaceArena, and by 1983 he was part of the NASCAR North Tour, winning rookie of the year there.
He made a shot at the Daytona 500 that year but couldn’t qualify. The majority of LaJoie’s accolades have come out of the NASCAR Xfinity series. He’s won two championships in the series, 1996 and 1997, and three of his 15 career wins have come from the big season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Mike Stefanik – The Mega Modified Tour Champ
While Mike Stefanik mainly competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, he made appearances in a number of other tours and series. He has quite the collection of victory hardware in total, with a full seven championships coming from the Modified Tour – he was even named the second-greatest NASCAR Modified driver of all time back in 2003.
He’s also added a further two championships from the Busch North Series, and his grand total of nine victories ties him for the most, alongside Richie Evans, in NASCAR history. He also ran 26 races for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, making it in the top 10 on 10 separate occasions. He’s a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Stefanik passed away in 2019.