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"The Top 40 NSCS Drivers of All-Time, Part 3 (11-20)"
Posted by cjs3872 on December 19, 2012
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Before I go on, I want to clear up some misinformation on the last blog post on this subject, which has to do with Dale Jarrett's championship. First, his chapionship came in 1999, not 2000, and he and his father Ned, of course, are not the only father-son duo to win championships in NASCAR's top series.

At any rate, this is the third part of this four-part series where I list who I think are the top 40 drivers in the history of NASCAR's top series, and we're in the top 20 now, as this listing is of drivers 11-20 on my list. Of course, I'll not only list the drivers, but just as importantly, their statistics and other accomplishements throughout their stellar careers. And ironically, the top 20 on my list just happen to be the 20 winningest drivers in the history of the series. Also remember that all-time stat rankings are only given if a driver ranks in the top 50 in that particular category.

11. Buck Baker

Stats:

-635 starts (21st all-time)
-46 wins (15th all-time)
-45 poles (12th all-time)
-246 top 5 finishes (ninth all-time)
-372 top 10 finishes (eighth all-time)
-5,662 laps led (34th all-time)

-2-time NASCAR champion (1956-'57)
-3-time Southern 500 winner (1953, '60, '64)
-Became the oldest driver to finish in the top 10 when he finished sixth in the 1976 Rebel 500 at Darlington at age 57 (his son Buddy finished second in that race)

12. Fireball Roberts

Stats:

-206 starts
-33 wins (20th all-time)
-32 poles (T-21st all-time)
-93 top 5 finishes (T-38th all-time)
-122 top 10 finishes
-5,970 laps led (33rd all-time)

-1962 Daytona 500 winner (first over 150 MPH winner of a 500-mile race in racing history)
-2-time Southern 500 winner (1958, '63)
-3-time Firecracker 250/400 winner (1959, '62-'63)
-First man to win the "Triple Crown" at Daytona by winning the pole, qualifying race, and the Daytona 500 in 1962

13. Rusty Wallace

Stats:

-706 starts (13th all-time)
-55 wins (ninth all-time)
-36 poles (T-17th all-time)
-202 top 5 finishes (T-11th all-time)
-349 top 10 finishes (11th all-time)
-19,971 laps led (eighth all-time)

-1989 NASCAR champion
-1990 Coca-Cola 600 winner
-Won All-Star Race V in 1989
-Won 1998 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, his only NASCAR win at Daytona
-Won first and 50th race in the same event (the spring race at Bristol)
-1984 NASCAR Rookie of the Year
-Led series in wins or was tied for series lead in wins four times (1988-'89, '93-'94)
-Won races in 16 consecutive years (1986-2001), tied for third-longest streak all-time and tied for the longest in the modern-era


14. Tony Stewart

Stats:

-500 starts (31st all-time)
-47 wins (14th all-time)
-14 poles (T-45th all-time)
-174 top 5 finishes (18th all-time)
-282 top 10 finishes (18th all-time)
-12,520 laps led (13th all-time)

-3-time NASCAR champion (2002, '05, '11)
-2-time Brickyard 400 winner (2005, '07)
-4-time Firecracker 400 winner (2005-'06, '09, '12)
-3-time Budweiser Shootout winner (2001-'02, '07)
-Won Sprint All-Star Race XXV in 2009
-1999 NASCAR Rookie of the Year

15. Lee Petty

Stats:

-427 starts (46th all-time)
-54 wins (10th all-time)
-18 poles (T-38th all-time)
-231 top 5 finishes (10th all-time)
-332 top 10 finishes (12th all-time)
-4,787 laps led (38th all-time)

-Won the first Daytona 500 in 1959
-First 3-time NASCAR champion (1954, '58-'59)
-First driver to reach 50 wins
-Finished in the top 10 in a staggering 77.75% of his starts (332 of 427)

16. Bill Elliott

Stats:

-828 starts (seventh all-time)
-44 wins (16th all-time)
-55 poles (tied for seventh all-time)
-175 top 5 finishes (17th all-time)
-320 top 10 finishes (13th all-time)
-11,413 laps led (14th all-time)

-1988 NASCAR champion
-2-time Daytona 500 winner (1985, '87)
-3-time Southern 500 winner (1985, '88, 94)
-1985 Winston 500 winner
-2002 Brickyard 400 winner
-2-time Firecracker 400 winner (1988, '91)
-Won Sprint All-Star Race II in 1986 (the only one not held at Charlotte)
-Won the 1987 Busch Clash at Daytona, the fastest NASCAR race ever at 197.802 MPH
-First man to win the Winston Million by winning the Daytona 500, Winston 500, and Southern 500 in 1985
-Is currently the only man to win Daytona qualifying races in three decades (80s, 90s, and 2000s), and has 4 wins in those races (1985-'86, '92, 2000)

17. Mark Martin

Stats:

-854 starts (fifth all-time)
-40 wins (17th all-time)
-55 poles (tied for seventh all-time)
-270 top 5 finishes (seventh all-time)
-448 top 10 finishes (modern-era record and second all-time)
-12,781 laps led (11th all-time)

-2-time Winston 500 winner (1995, '97, with his 1997 win setting the existing record for NASCAR's fastest 500-mile race)
-2-time Southern 500 winner (1993, 2009)
-2002 Coca-Cola 600 winner
-2-time All-Star Race winner (XIV-1998, XXI-2005)
-Won 1999 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, his only NASCAR win at Daytona
-5-time championship runner-up (1990, '94, '98, 2002, '09)

18. Tim Flock

Stats:

-187 starts
-39 wins (18th all-time)
-38 poles (T-14th all-time)
-102 top 5 finishes (33rd all-time)
-129 top 10 finishes
-6,937 laps led (27th all-time)

-2-time NASCAR champion (1952, '55)
-2-time winner of the Daytona Beach course race (1955-'56)
-Won 18 races in 1955, the most ever won in a season by someone other than Richard Petty

19. Ned Jarrett

Stats:

-352 starts
-50 wins (T-11th all-time)
-35 poles (19th all-time)
-185 top 5 finishes (15th all-time)
-239 top 10 finishes (22nd all-time)
-9,468 laps led (16th all-time)

-2-time NASCAR champion (1961, '65)
-1965 Southern 500 winner, when he established a record by winning a speedway race by the biggest margin, 14 laps, or 19.25 miles
-Led the series in wins in both 1964 and 1965 (he tied with Junior Johnson for that honor in '65)

20. Bobby Isaac

Stats:

-308 starts
-37 wins (19th all-time)
-49 poles (tied for ninth all-time)
-134 top 5 finishes (23rd all-time)
-170 top 10 finishes (37th all-time)
-13,229 laps led (10th all-time)

-1970 NASCAR champion
-Won the 1971 Firecracker 400
-Set series record for poles in a season with 20 in 1969
-First 4-time Daytona qualifying race winner (1964, '69, '72, '74)

Next time, I reveal who I pick for my top ten, as I move from the legends of NASCAR to the icons. But let the debating begin, because I know there some controversial picks for my 11-20 crowd.


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