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"The Top 40 NSCS Drivers of All-Time, Part 2 (21-30)"
Posted by cjs3872 on December 13, 2012
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As promised, here is the second part of this four part series where I list who I think are the top 40 driers in the history of NASCAR's top series, and this edition deals with drivers 21-30. It features no just the drivers, but also statistics, rankings if witihn the top 50 all-time, and other signficant accomplishments.

21. Fred Lorenzen

-Stats:

-158 starts
-26 wins (23rd all-time)
-32 poles (T-21st all-time)
-75 top 5 finishes (50th all-time)
-84 top 10 finishes
-8,131 laps led (20th all-time)

-1965 Daytona 500 winner
-2-time Coca-Cola 600 winner (1963, '65)
-First driver ever to win more than $100,000 in a season (1963)


22. Dale Jarrett

-Stats:

-668 starts (18th al-time)
-32 wins (21st all-time)
-16 poles (T-42nd all-time)
-163 top 5 finishes (20th all-time)
-260 top 10 finishes (19th all-time)
-7,050 laps led (26th all-time)

-2000 NASCAR champion (part of only father-son duo to win championship)
-3-time Daytona 500 winner (1993, '96, 2000)
-2-time Brickyard 400 winner (1996, '99)
-1996 Coca-Cola 600 winner
-1999 Firecracker 400 winner
-Only driver ever to win the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, and the Brickyard 400 in the same year (1996)

23. Buddy Baker

-Stats:

-700 starts (14th all-time)
-19 wins (T-37th all-time)
-38 poles (T-14th all-time)
-202 top 5 finishes (T-11th all-time)
-311 top 10 finishes (15th all-time)
-9,748 laps led (15th all-time)

-1980 Daytona 500 winner (record speed of that race of 177.602 MPH was a world record when established and is still the race record today)
-First 3-time Coca-Cola 600 winner (1968, '72-'73, and was the first to win back to back 600s in '72-'73)
-1970 Southern 500 winner (still part of the only father-son duo ever to win that race)
-3-time winner of the Talladega spring race (1975-'76, '80)
-First driver to win three consecutive Talladega races
-1983 Firecracker 400 winner


24. Benny Parsons

Stats:

-526 starts (29th all-time)
-21 wins (T-32nd all-time)
-20 poles (T-35th all-time)
-199 top 5 finishes (13th all-time)
-283 top 10 finishes (17th all-time)
-6,866 laps led (28th all-time)

-1973 NASCAR champion
-1975 Daytona 500 winner
-1980 Coca-Cola 600 winner


25. Joe Weatherly

Stats:

-230 starts
-25 wins (T-24th all-time)
-18 poles (T-38th all-time)
-105 top 5 finishes (T-32nd all-time)
-153 top 10 finishes (44th all-time)
-3,487 laps led

-2-time NASCAR champion (1962-'63)


26. Matt Kenseth

Stats:

-472 starts (37th all-time)
-24 wins (T-26th all-time)
-8 poles
-126 top 5 finishes (25th all-time)
-228 top 10 finishes (24th all-time)
-7,143 laps led (23rd all-time)

-2003 NASCAR champion
-2-time Daytona 500 winner (2009, '12)
-Won 2000 Coca-Cola 600 for first career win
-Won Sprint All-Star Race XX (2004)
-2000 NASCAR Rookie of the Year


27. Terry Labonte

Stats:

-881 starts (fourth all-time)
-22 wins (T-30th all-time)
-27 poles (25th all-time)
-182 top 5 finishes (16th all-time)
-361 top 10 finishes (10th all-time)
-7,073 laps led (25th all-time)

-2-time NASCAR champion (1984, '96, his 12 years between championships is a record, part of only brother duo to win championship)
-2-time All-Star Race winner (IV-1988, XV-1999)
-2-time Southern 500 winner (1980, 2003, ironically the first and last wins of his career)
-Finished fourth in his very first Cup start (the 1978 Southern 500)


28. Bobby Labonte

Stats:

-690 starts (15th all-time)
-21 wins (T-32nd all-time)
-26 poles (T-26th all-time)
-115 top 5 finishes (29th all-time)
-203 top 10 finishes (28th all-time)
-4,049 laps led (48th all-time)


-2000 NASCAR champion (part of only brother duo to win championship)
-Won 1995 Coca-Cola 600 for first win
-Won both the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500 in his 2000 championship season
-First driver to win the championship in Nationwide Series (1991) and Cup Series


29. Ricky Rudd

Stats:

-906 starts (second all-time)
-23 wins (29th all-time)
-29 pole positions (T-23rd all-time)
-194 top 5 finishes (14th all-time)
-374 top 10 finishes (seventh all-time)
-7,874 laps led (21st all-time)

-1977 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-1997 Brickyard 400 winner
-Won races in 16 consecutive years, ties for the third-longest streak all-time
-Started in a record 788 consecutive races, which was every race for 25 years (1981-2005)
-Won the final 500-mile race at Dover (1997)

30. Jim Paschal

Stats:
-421 starts (47th all-time)
-25 wins (T-24th all-time)
-12 poles
-149 top 5 finishes (21st all-time)
-230 top ten finishes (23rd all-time)
-4,591 laps led (42nd all-time)

-2-time Coca-Cola 600 winner (1964, '67)

NOTES: His win in the 1967 600 is, to this day, the most dominant in event history, as he led 335 laps (502.5 miles), a record that still stands. And his 1964 victory is forever overshadowed by the death of Fireball Robert from burns sustained in that race.


On the next blog, I'll reveal the drivers I've ranked 11-20 all-time.


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