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"The Top 40 NSCS Series Drivers of All Time, Part 1 (31-40)"
Posted by cjs3872 on December 6, 2012
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As promised, I'm going to start presenting my lists of the greatest of all-time, and where better to start than to list the top 40 drivers in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This is the first of four such blogs, and will feature the drivers I've ranked 31st-40th all-time. It will feature not only the drivers, but also stats and associated rankings if in the top 50 all-time, big wins, and other accomplishments.

31. Harry Gant

Stats:
-474 starts (36th all-time)
-18 wins (T-42nd all-time)
-17 poles (41st all-time)
-123 top 5 finishes (26th all-time)
-208 top 10 finishes (27th all-time)
-8,445 laps led (19th all-time)

-2-time Southern 500 winner (1984, '91)
-Won the 1991 Winston 500
-Won 4 consecutive races in September of 1991 (Darlington, Richmond, Dover, and Martinsville)

32. Geoff Bodine

Stats:
-575 starts (24th all-time)
-18 wins (T-42nd all-time)
-37 poles (16th all-time)
-100 top 5 finishes (34th all-time)
-190 top ten finishes (30th all-time)
-8,683 laps led (17th all-time)

-1982 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-1986 Daytona 500 winner
-Won the 1992 Busch Clash (now the Budweiser Shootout)
-Won Sprint All-Star Race X (1994)

33. Rex White

Stats:
-233 starts
-28 wins (22nd all-time)
-36 poles (T-17th all-time)
-110 top 5 finishes (30th all-time)
-163 top ten finishes (40th all-time)
-4,583 laps led (43rd all-time)

1960 NASCAR champion

34. Jeff Burton

Stats:
-655 starts (19th all-time)
-21 wins (T-32nd all-time)
-6 poles
-132 top 5 finishes (24th all-time)
-248 top 10 finishes (20th all-time)
-6,513 laps led (29th all-time)

-1994 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-2-time Coca-Cola 600 winner (1999, 2001)
-Won the 50th Southern 500 in 1999
-2000 Firecracker 400 winner
-Became the last driver to lead every lap in a Cup series race in Loudon in September of 2000

35. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Stats:
-469 starts (38th all-time)
-19 wins (T-37th all-time)
-11 poles
-105 top 5 finishes (T-31st all-time)
-182 top 10 finishes (33rd all-time)
-7,122 laps led (24th all-time)

-2004 Daytona 500 winner
-Won four consecutive races at Talladega from 2001-'03
-Won 2001 Firecracker 400 in first race at Daytona after his father's death
-First rookie to win the All-Star Race (XVI-2000)
-2-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona (2003, '08)

36. Davey Allison

Stats:
-191 starts
-19 wins (T-37th al-time)
-14 poles (T-45th all-time)
-66 top 5 finishes
-92 top 10 finishes
-4,978 laps led (37th all-time)

-1987 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-1992 Daytona 500 winner
-1991 Coca-Cola 600 winner
-3-time Winston 500 winner (1987, '89, '92)
-Only driver ever to win consecutive All-Star Races (VII-1991, VIII-1992)

37. Kurt Busch

Stats:
-435 starts (41st all-time)
-24 wins (T-26th all-time)
-15 poles (44th all-time)
-89 top five finishes (42nd all-time)
-174 top 10 finishes (35th all-time)
-7,167 laps led (22nd all-time)

-2004 NASCAR Champion
-2010 Coca-Cola 600 winner
-Won All-Star Race XXVI (2010)
-Won 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

38. Kyle Busch

Stats:
-293 starts
-24 wins (T-26th all-time)
-10 poles
-93 top 5 finishes (T-38th all-time)
-141 top 10 finishes (50th all-time)
-8,562 laps led (18th all-time)

-2005 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-Became youngest driver ever to win a 500-mile race at Fontana in 2005 (record since broken by Trevor Bayne)
-2008 Southern 500 winner
-2008 winner of the Tallaega spring race
-2008 Firecracker 400 winner
-Won 2012 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

39. Neil Bonnett

Stats:
-362 starts
-18 wins (T-42nd all-time)
-20 poles (T-35th all-time)
-83 top 5 finishes (T-44th all-time)
-156 top 10 finishes (T-42nd all-time)
-6,378 laps led (30th all-time)

-2-time Coca-Cola 600 winner (1982-'83)
-1981 Southern 500 winner
-1979 Firecracker 400 winner
-First man to win the Busch Clash/Budweiser Shoootout twice (1983-'84)

40. Denny Hamlin

Stats:
-259 starts
-22 wins (T-30th all-time)
-12 poles
-80 top 5 finishes (47th all-time)
-128 top 10 finishes
-6,354 laps led (31st all-time)

-2006 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-Won most races on Cup circuit in 2010 (8)
-2010 Southern 500 winner
-Won 2006 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

On the next blog, I'll be showing the drivers I've ranked 21st-30th all-time.


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