NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers

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NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers.

In 1998, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, NASCAR gathered a panel to select "The 50 Greatest NASCAR Drivers of All Time." It was inspired in part by the NBA's decision to select the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History on its 50th anniversary in 1996. An independent group of 51 individuals representing various NASCAR roles were asked to give their objective and educated opinions on who the 50 greatest drivers in NASCAR history were. To quote Bill France, president of NASCAR:

"These are the men who define the competition of our sport. Their accomplishments are the benchmark that much of our history is identified by. Honoring them in this way, at the beginning of the NASCAR 50th Anniversary celebration, is one way of showing our true appreciation for them and the invaluable contribution they have given over the past 50 years. These are the drivers who made and make NASCAR fans stand on their feet and cheer. These are the drivers who are NASCAR history."

The living members of this group were honored on February 15, 1998 during pre-race festivities for the 1998 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (as of February 1998)[edit]

* = Deceased before February 1998 ceremony
** = Deceased after February 1998 ceremony
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee
Deceased & Hall of Fame as of September 2013. HOF opened 2010.


Driver Driver
Bobby Allison Terry Labonte
Davey Allison* Fred Lorenzen
Buck Baker** Tiny Lund*
Buddy Baker Mark Martin
Geoff Bodine Hershel McGriff
Neil Bonnett* Cotton Owens**
Red Byron* Marvin Panch
Jerry Cook Benny Parsons**
Dale Earnhardt** David Pearson
Ralph Earnhardt* Richard Petty
Bill Elliott Lee Petty**
Richie Evans* Tim Richmond*
Red Farmer Fireball Roberts*
Tim Flock** Ricky Rudd
A.J. Foyt Marshall Teague*
Harry Gant Herb Thomas**
Jeff Gordon Curtis Turner*
Ray Hendrick* Rusty Wallace
Jack Ingram Darrell Waltrip
Ernie Irvan Joe Weatherly*
Bobby Isaac* Bob Welborn*
Dale Jarrett Rex White
Ned Jarrett Glen Wood
Junior Johnson Cale Yarborough
Alan Kulwicki* LeeRoy Yarbrough*

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