Car racing sport events generally amalgamate die-hard fans, with a thirst for speed and driving skills, but who are the most popular NASCAR drivers? Every year, the Sprint Cup season draws millions of passionate race car lovers to the different tracks, all expecting to see their favourite drivers and experience the thrills of the high speed sport. Furthermore, NASCAR has been around for 67 years already, so the array of talented drivers they’ve brought to fame is quite large. However, we’ll try to keep our list short by focusing on the crowd favourites.
Now while some people believe that being a race car driver isn’t really a job, we beg to differ, as stated in our previous article titled the top 6 most respected professions. In fact, the dedication and discipline that these professionals have shown throughout their careers is truly inspiring. So, let’s take a look at the most popular NASCAR drivers and how they reached their current status.
6. Junior Johnson
One of the old-timers amongst NASCAR’s favourite, the 83 year old Junior Johnson enjoyed the highlights of his career during the 50’s and 60’s. After winning 50 races, and earning 121 top-five positions out of the 313 races he participated in, Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame and retired in 1966. He then went on to become one of the sport’s most successful car owners.
5. Darrell Waltrip
This gentleman is part of NASCAR’s finest and was inducted in the Hall of Fame after bringing home three Championship Cups and winning 84 races. However, his fame persisted after he retired as a race car driver, taking on the position of analyst and broadcaster for FOX TV. He also made headlines for years, due to his feud with fellow driver Dale Earnhardt, who died tragically in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500.