The top 10 Cup drivers of all time
With NASCAR in its two-week break, the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings creates its leading 10 list of motorists in the sport’s history.
The Cup Series returns Aug. 8 at Watkins Glen International (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN) which offers a lot of time to discuss this list and any of the motorists in the leading 10. Or not in the leading 10.
NASCAR Power Rankings of Cup motorists of perpetuity
1. Jimmie Johnson — As time passes, his achievements will be additional revered. It promises that his 5 successive champions will sign up with the mark of Richard Petty’s 200 Cup wins as records that will never ever be broken. Johnson’s 7 titles was available in 11 seasons, an amazing accomplishment in what at that point was perhaps the most competitive age of NASCAR. Twelve of his 83 wins (14.5%) was available in the sport’s marquee occasions. He won the Coke 600 and Brickyard 400 4 times each and won the Southern 500 and Daytona 500 two times each.
2. Richard Petty — He went from seven-time champ to cultural icon. From 1970-79, he won 5 of his champions and 89 of 326 races — suggesting he won more than a quarter of the races run in the 1970s. His profession likewise consisted of 7 Daytona 500 success amongst the mountain of achievements.
3. Dale Earnhardt — The seven-time champ was especially dominant from 1986-91. He won 4 titles because period and completed second in the points one year and 3rd the other year. He won 37 of his 76 profession success throughout that time duration. He completed initially or second in the points 10 times in his profession.
4. Jeff Gordon — A four-time champ whose 93 profession wins ranks 3rd on the all-time list. He was at his finest in the huge races. He won the Southern 500 6 times and the Brickyard 400 5 times. He won the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 3 times each. Those 17 success represent 18.3% of his win overall. From 1995-98, he declared 3 champions, completed second in the points when and won 40 of 127 races (31.5%).
5. David Pearson — A three-time champ. He gathered 105 series wins, 2nd just to Richard Petty on the all-time list. He just ran more than 3/4 of the season 5 times. He won the champion 3 of those years. In those 5 seasons, he won 50 of his 243 starts (20.6%). He likewise is the record holder for the majority of wins at Darlington Raceway with 10.
6. Cale Yarborough — Won 3 successive champions (1976-78). Amongst his 83 profession wins were 4 Daytona 500s and 5 Southern 500s. He completed second in the points 3 other years.
7. Darrell Waltrip — Declared 3 titles, winning them in a five-year duration in the 1980s. Ended up 2nd in the points 3 times. He won the Coca-Cola 600 5 times. He likewise had a Daytona 500 win and a Southern 500 triumph amongst his 84 profession wins.
8. Bobby Allison — Ended up 2nd in the points 5 times prior to winning the 1983 champion. His 84 wins are connected with Darrell Waltrip for 4th on the all-time list. Allison won 4 Southern 500s, 3 Daytona 500s and 3 Coca-Cola 600s.
9. Kyle Busch — Two-time Cup champ whose 59 wins ranks ninth on the all-time wins list and he’s just 36 years of ages. Has actually won a minimum of one race for 17 successive years, connecting him for 2nd with David Pearson on the all-time list. Richard Petty holds the record with a minimum of a win in 18 successive seasons.
10. Lee Petty — Very first three-time Cup champ in series history. Won 54 races. He held the series record for success up until kid Richard topped his mark. Amongst Lee Petty’s win was the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.
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NASCAR Power Rankings: The leading 10 Cup motorists of perpetuity initially appeared on NBCSports.com
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