Top 12 Best NASCAR Drivers in the World

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is best known for
stock car racing. Not to mention, Stock Car Racing is a male dominating
sport, but imagine females playing this sport; well, it’s quite a scene.

Keeping that in mind, are you looking for the best Nascar drivers in the racing field? Also, do you know what makes a NASCAR driver one of the greatest in history?

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Don’t worry; you are in the right place. Here, we will talk about the top 12 best NASCAR Drivers, their achievements, and career info.

So, stay tuned to find out some amazing facts about these fabulous NASCAR drivers.

Top 12 Best NASCAR Drivers in the World

Below is the list of the top 12 best NASCAR Drivers, including both same and female drivers. 

Rank Names Status
1 Richard Petty Retired
2 David Pearson Expired
3 Dale Earnhardt Expired
4 Jimmie Johnson Inactive
5 Jeff Gordon Retired
6 Danica Patrick Retired
7 Junior Johnson Expired
8 Patty Moise-Sawyer Retired
9 Edward Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts Jr. Expired
10 Shawna Robinson Retired
11 Darrell Waltrip Retired
12 Johanna Long Inactive

12. Johanna Long

Ranked 12th among the best NASCAR drivers of all time, we have Johanna Long. When it comes to driving, Long never ceases to amaze us.

Johanna Robbins. (Source: Instagram)

Born in Pensacola, Florida, United States, Johanna is an attractive and talented female NASCAR driver who debuted in the Camping World Truck series in 2010 and made 24 starts.

Apart from regular-season races, she holds the title as the winner of Snowball Derby in 2010. In 2011, she started driving no.20 Toyota, owned by her family. Here, Long achieved her best World Truck Series points, finishing in 21st place.

Similarly, her entrance in the Xfinity series 2012 made 41 starts and achieved her best finish at 20th position.

11. Darrell Lee Waltrip

Darrell Waltrip is one of the 11th best NASCAR drivers on today’s listing. But, unlike other drivers, Waltrip is a retired one.

Waltrip was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States, on 5th February 1947. To clarify, Waltrip is an American motorsports analyst, author, former national television broadcaster, and former stock car driver.

Throughout his racing career, Waltrip raced from 1972 to 2000 in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, most remarkably driving the no.17 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Darrell Waltrip was also the only driver who could get under Dale Earnhardt’s thick skin until Jeff Gordon showed up, and Waltrip did it better.

Similarly, Waltrip won 84 races over 29 years, and his top sponsor was Budweiser. And most importantly, Waltrip is a three-time Winston Cup Series Championship in 1981,
1982, and 1985.

10. Shawna Robinson

According to today’s ranking, we have Shawna Robinson as the 10th best NASCAR driver of all time. 

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The American retired professional was quite a fantastic competitor in all three of the NASCAR national touring series. Robinson’s hard work, talent, and passion for the sport led her to where she is today. 

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, on 30th November 1964. Robinson is the awardee of the most popular driver in 1988 and 1989 (Charlotte/ Daytona Dash Series).

Besides, during the Sprint Cup Series in 1995, she made 8 starts. Similarly, she also achieved 52nd place in 2002 as her best finish which is quite fascinating. Also,
she made 61 starts over her career in Xfinity Series in 1991.

9. Edward Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts Jr.

Edward Glenn Roberts Jr. or also known as “Fireball,” is the 9th ranking player among
the best NASCAR drivers on today’s listing.

Being a Nascar driver was the most incredible experience in his life. Before this, Roberts was quite passionate about baseball.

Edward Glenn Roberts Jr. (Source: Twitter)
Edward Glenn Roberts Jr. (Source: Twitter)

The American former professional was born on January 20, 1929, in Tavares, Florida, United States. Roberts had over 15 years of experience in the sport. Having Depaolo Engineering as his top sponsor, he won a total of 33 races.

Moreover, he holds the award as the most popular driver in Grand National Series 1957.
But unfortunately, the great superstar Glenn Roberts left this world on July 2, 1964, at the age of 35, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Behind his demise were complications from a racing crash on 24th May 1964, during the 1964 World 600.

8. Patty Moise-Sawyer

Stepping at number eight on the best NASCAR drivers list, we have Patty Moise-Sawyer,
a former female NASCAR driver. But, most significantly, she is the spouse of Elton Sawyer, who is also a former fellow NASCAR driver.

Likewise, Patty Moise was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on 29th December 1960. During her professional racing career, Moise raced multiple prestigious races.

Not to forget, from 1987 to 1989, she raced in five Winston Cup Series and 133 Busch Series from 1986 to 1998.

Similarly, she made 133 races run over 12 years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and achieved the best finish in 22nd place in 1990. Likewise, she made 5 races run over 3 years in the NASCAR Cup Series and achieved the best finish in 59th place in 1988.

Besides, Patty Moise’s team was purchased by Micheal Waltrip Racing and signed to
drive the car in 1998. Unfortunately, despite a top ten at Bristol, she finished the race 37th
in points which were quite trouble-making. Since then, she has not raced in NASCAR.

7. Junior Johnson

Better known as Junior Johnson, Robert Glenn Johnson Jr. was an American NASCAR driver during the 50s and 60s.

The American NASCAR superstar won 50 NASCAR races throughout his career before eventually calling it an end to his professional career in 1966. Besides, he became a NASCAR racing team owner in the 70s and 80s.

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In addition, Johnson is credited for using the drafting technique in stock car racing. His legacy earned him the nickname “The Last American Hero.”

6. Danica Patrick

Danica Sue Patrick is the American former professional racing driver and also the 6th ranking best NASCAR driver. Not to mention, Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of the American racing industry.

Danica Patrick (Source: Instagram)

Above all, her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win ever achieved by a woman in an IndyCar Series race.

Besides, Patrick competed in five Barber Dodge Pro Series races in 2002. Followed by her later races in the Toyota Atlantic Series for two consecutive years. Finally, in the 2004 season, Patrick became the first woman to win a pole position.

Likewise, in 2015, Patrick broke the record for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in the Sprint Cup Series. However, she stopped racing after the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

5. Jeff Gordon

Jeffery Michael Gordon is the 5th ranked American former professional stock car racing driver, top executive for Hendrick Motorsports, and the announcer for Fox NASCAR. 

Talking about his racing career, Gordon raced as a professional from 1993 to 2015. He drove the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports during his professional career in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Sprint Cup Series. 

Gordon also drove as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in a few races during the 2016 season. He is regarded as one of the most influential and best drivers in NASCAR history. 

4. Jimmie Johnson

Rated among the best NASCAR drivers in the world, Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is the 4th ranking American professional auto racing driver.

Besides, Johnson competes in the NTT IndyCar Series on his Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. Not to forget, he is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. He competed full-time from 2002 to 2020 on his Chevrolet.

Johnson’s successes and achievements have caused numerous analysts to regard him as one of the greatest and best NASCAR drivers of all time.

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Besides that, he is also a two-time (2006 and 2013) winner of the Daytona 500.

3. Dale Earnhardt

The American professional stock car driver and team owner Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. is among the best NASCAR drivers ever to grab the wheel. Ranked 3rd on today’s listing, he is an exceptional talent in the sport.

Talking about his professional career, he raced from 1975 to 2001 in the NASCAR Cup Series. His No. 3 Chevrolet was a symbolic figure on the race track as he raced for Richard Childress Racing. 

As crazy as it sounds, the number three seems to be stuck with him from start to end because, despite his 3rd ranking and the iconic No. 3 Chevy, he also happened to be the third child among his sibling.

Over the course of Earnhardt’s 26 years of professional career, he won 76 Winston Cup races. Besides, he is the only driver from the modern era of NASCAR to score at least one win in each of four different decades. 

2. David Pearson

The second-ranking legendary NASCAR figure David Gene Pearson was an American stock car driver and a champion. 

Being deemed among the best NASCAR drivers, he professionally raced from 1960 to 1986 in the NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series. Pearson most notably drove the No. 21 Mercury for Wood Brothers Racing.

Moreover, in the 1960 series, he won the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award along with three Cup Series championships in 1966, 1968, and 1969.

However, when it came to racing, he never missed a day. To clarify, throughout his career, Pearson competed in every single race.

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Pearson was, in fact, soo dedicated to the sport that NASCAR named his 1974 season as an indication of his “consistent greatness.” 

1. Richard Petty

When it comes to stock car racing, there isn’t a person who doesn’t know this name. The best NASCAR driver and the number one ranking Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed “The King,” is an American former stock car racing legend.

Richard Petty (Source: Wikimedia)

This legend’s career lasted from 1958 to 1992 in the (former) NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series. But, most importantly, Petty’s No. 43 Plymouth/Pontiac was the most iconic and loved car on the race track.

Not to mention, Petty was the first NASCAR driver to win the Cup Series championship seven times. Besides, he also won 200 races, including the Daytona 500 (seven times). 

To clarify, Petty is the most accomplished driver in the history of NASCAR and is also one of the most respected figures in the motorsports industry. 


Just as the sun rises after it sets, there is always a new talent born in the sport in the days to come. 

Richard Petty might be the best NASCAR driver in the world, but someday there will be another legend to surpass him and spread out their legacy.

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