His 113 poles won is also the second highest total in the history of the sport. Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson is tied for the most championships. Yep, and he won the Daytona 500 a whopping 7 times, making him the record holder for the most Daytona 500 wins of all time. Wallace was also the trailblazer of his time, as he was considered to be a road course specialist when his peers were mainly oval experts. He died in a plane crash in 1993 after making a sponsor appearance. Since then there has been no looking back and by 2010 he had accomplished 53 wins.
He ran his own team and laid down the blueprint for how teams are run now, with engineering coming first. Five of the seven championship came in consecutive years, giving Johnson and incredible dynasty that is the measuring stick for all drivers today. And with a career that boasts 55 pole positions and 44 wins, Elliot has definitely earned his fair share of success. Whether you were hearing these names for the first time or you were already well acquainted, there is plenty to gain from this page. Petty won seven Daytona 500 races along with five Winston Cup Series Championships.
He also was named the Modified Tour Most Popular Driver in 2005 and 2006. We talked about Bobby Alison and Cale Yarborough exchanging fists at the 1979 Daytona 500. The other drivers in the field were fortunate if they could eek out the final 46 laps on a single tank of gas. We can tell you that he heads into the 2018 season with 221 top-5s in 580 races since he started. Heck, the duo finished in first and second a whopping 63 times, and Pearson had more wins in those face-offs.
He won at least one pole in a record 23 straight years and is a four-time Sprint Series Cup Champion. From driving go-karts and working in a garage at an early age, Busch had a knack for driving cars. Maybe if he can topple a few more records that will change. Craven was the 1992 Busch Series Rookie of the Year and the 1995 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. The next year, Davey Allison lost his life in a helicopter accident at age 32. And at age 35, Brad Keselowski still is capable of winning dozens of more races and a few championships.
In fact, there might not be another person in the world that could measure up next to him in almost any of the motor car races. February is the shortest month of the year but it is the most exciting for racing fans because of the greatest race of the year, the Daytona 500. Not only did Gant win five races in one year during the 1991 season, but he finished fourth overall, and earned his highest standing in 1984 when he finished third. Had he not perished that day, The Intimidator may have gone on to add to his career tally of 428 top ten finishes, 281 top fives, and 22 pole finishes in 676 races. When he and Richard Petty finished first and second, he was the winner 33 of 63 times. Besides he has 1,027 career starts, 27 wins in a single season, seven Daytona 500 awards and 10 consecutive wins. The following year, he got back his position as the series leader and bagged 8 additional wins.
The fact that Pearson could win under all types of conditions displays his prowess for handling a racecar. His mechanical perception presented him a successful driving career and making him one of the most elite drivers of his generation. Then, Geoffrey Bodine owned his own team. He was awarded a United States Auto Club license when he was just 16 years old, becoming the youngest person to ever be part of the organization. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices. He is tied with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson with seven titles.
Despite being a constant winner, Gordon was often a due to his pretty-boy good looks and personality. With that being said, neither his father nor his son were as skilled behind the wheel as Dale was. But someone has to be the best at working with the materials given them, and someone has to be the 50th best and all points in between. Drivers dream of winning the Daytona 500 one day. Bobby Labonte also was a consistent winner from 1995 to 2003, the season he won his last race. Not only that, but Gant bagged 21 Nationwide Series wins as well, making him one of the greatest of all times.
His time in the broadcast booth cemented his place in the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017. Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon retired in 2015 after amassing a 22-year career. His records include winning the Sprint Cup Series in 1989 and having the second most consecutive starts at 697, as well as winning the Bristol Motor Speedway a total of nine times, which is second only to that of Darrell Waltrip who has won it 12 times. Considering he only raced in 560 races Petty raced in 1,184 , Cale was pretty much a stud. He had an older brother Kurt who he could look up to and try and emulate.
His 105 wins are spread across multiple venues, including 23 dirt track wins to go along with his 54 wins on a short track and 48 wins on a super-speedway. If you are a newer fan of the sport, learning about the greatest drivers who have ever lived is an important building block. He reached second place in 1950, and out of 16 starts in the Convertible Series, Roberts won the title an impressive four times. Remarkably, he won two races in a season just five times and never more than once otherwise. Had Petty not gotten in his way he may have been even higher on this list. Never running a full season, like many of the best of his era, Fred Lorenzen raced when the money was good and skipped the lower-paying affairs.