Famous NASCAR Cars and Drivers

Famous NASCAR Drivers

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American professional stock car racing driver and champion team owner. The car Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives in the Cup Series is the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. He has 26 wins in the Cup Series, including two Daytona 500 victories in 2004 and 2014, as well as two victories in The Clash. 

Dale is also a two-time Busch Series champion (1998–99).

2. Jeff Gordon 

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon, a four-time NASCAR champion, is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport. He raced in the NASCAR premier series from 1992 to 2015. He won three Daytona 500 races and has seven impressive titles at the Brickyard 400. 

Jeff Gordon has a net worth of $200 million, and his highest career earnings are $153.6 million. [1]

3. Carl Edwards 

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards is one of the most successful drivers in the history of NASCAR, having won 28 races over the course of his career. He’s also a talented outdoorsman with a passion for fishing and hunting. His height (6’1”) gives him an edge when he’s behind the wheel, giving him more control over his vehicle. 

Edwards entered racing in 2002 with Roush Fenway Racing, and since then has won multiple Sprint Cup Series Awards and was named Most Popular Driver by fans for four years in a row. 

In 2010, Carl was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his success on and off the track. [2]

4. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

You’ve probably heard of Danica Patrick. She has transcended the world of NASCAR and is one of the most recognizable female athletes in history. In 2008, she became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race when she won the Indy Japan 300. The following year, she stood third at the Indianapolis 500, making her the top-finishing female driver in that race’s history. In 2013, she drove a full-time schedule in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Danica was born on March 25, 1982, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Beverly Ann and Terry Joseph Patrick Jr. Her mother was a homemaker, while her father owned a plumbing company. The family resided in Roscoe, Illinois, where Danica began racing go-karts at age ten. 

Danica competed for nine years before moving up to driving cars with wings (open-wheel) as a development driver for Rahal Letterman Racing. She then competed in the Toyota Atlantic Championship from 2002 through 2004. Danica finished fourth overall in 2003 and second overall in 2004, with two wins each season and five pole positions over that span of time.

5. Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Several drivers have performed better than their competitors in the history of NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Sr., known as “The Intimidator” for his aggressive driving style, is one of them. This feared racer won seven NASCAR Cup Series championships during his legendary career. He was also known for his black and red race cars, which were sponsored by Goodwrench, a subsidiary of General Motors.

Earnhardt’s success as a driver was not without tragedy. His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., followed in his footsteps and achieved many wins of his own before retiring in 2017. Unfortunately, he had to retire earlier than expected after suffering repeated concussions on the track. The most devastating tragedy came when Dale Earnhardt Sr. himself died in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500 after hitting the wall at 180 mph while trying to block a pass made by Sterling Marlin.

After this death left a gaping hole in NASCAR fans’ hearts (and on the track), a rule banning bump drafting—the tactic that caused Earnhardt to hit the wall—was instituted as part of an effort to increase driver safety throughout stock car racing’s premier series and make it easier for drivers to walk away from deadly crashes.

Famous NASCAR Cars

1. Chrysler 300C

The Chrysler 300C was the first of the Chrysler 300 series. It was a full-sized luxury car introduced in 1955 as a 1956 model. This car featured an optional Hemi engine, power steering, and power brakes.

The 300C is known for its smooth ride and unlimited customization options because you could get this car from the factory with unique paint colors and trim levels.

This vehicle has been used by racecar drivers to win many races. Today, it remains one of the most sought-after vintage cars on the market due to its high-performance capabilities, low production numbers, a rarity in good condition, and great looks that were ahead of their time when compared to other designs from other automakers at that era such as Ford’s Edsel or Chevrolet Corvair.

2. Toyota Camry

The first Toyota Camry NASCAR was introduced in 2007, and the racecar version of the Camry was built at Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. Since 2007, Toyota drivers have won 107 races, including the Daytona 500, in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 version features an updated grille to more closely match the new production model.”

3. Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird

Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird

This muscle car was a fan favorite in the 1970s. Its wedge-shaped design made it a fun and unique vehicle to drive around. Its large wing and pointed nose also helped to increase its aerodynamics on the tracks. Many people believe that this is one of the most iconic cars ever created in NASCAR history. Many aspects of this car made it stand out from all others, but one of its most notable features was its massive wing on the back. Although it was not initially designed for looks or for the show, that giant spoiler became an essential part of NASCAR history and pop culture as a whole.

The Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird is still remembered today due to its iconic status as one of the best cars ever seen on the track, but it can also be found in other forms throughout pop culture, including video games like Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories, where there are several different models based off this famous model with different paint jobs and skins available for each one depending on which game you play them in (the PS2 version has more than twice as many than any other).

4. Chevy Impala

Chevy Impala

The Chevy Impala is a full-size car produced by the General Motors division of Chevrolet since 1958. It has been used in many movies and TV shows, such as James Bond and The Fast and the Furious. It was the most popular car in the United States in 1965.

The Impala name was first used for a concept car revealed at the 1955 General Motors Motorama. It was based on the Bel Air model but with a sportier body design. This concept car is said to have inspired the Ford Thunderbird, which debuted three months later at the Detroit Auto Show.

5. 1987-1989 Ford Thunderbird

1987-1989 Ford Thunderbird

This is another important car because it was the first car to win the manufacturer’s championship under the aero-car rules. The Thunderbird was a really impressive machine, and its aerodynamic design allowed it to reach speeds of up to 190 mph. Its design was based on the previous year’s model, which NASCAR had banned for being too fast.


Considering NASCAR’s prominence, it is surprising how little most people know about the sport. Improved safety measures implemented over the last decade have helped establish NASCAR as a legitimate sport. The drivers may be some of the craziest you will ever meet, though.


  1. https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-athletes/race-car-drivers/jeff-gordon-net-worth/ 
  2. https://fox4kc.com/sports/missouri-native-carl-edwards-and-dale-earnhardt-jr-among-new-nominees-for-nascar-hall-of-fame/