The son of Ned Jarrett won the 1999 Sprint Cup Series championship. He is a three-time winner of the Daytona 500, two time-winner of the Brickyard 400 and a three-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout. Jarrett scored 32 Cup series wins and 260 top-10 finishes. He was named to the NASCAR 50 greatest drivers list and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Below is his emotional Hall of Fame introduction.
A two-time Grand National series champion was killed in a racing crash at Riverside International Raceway. Weatherly lived life to the fullest. He drove in practice wearing a Peter Pan suit. He also was a two-time National Modified champion and a three-time American Motorcycle Association champion. Weatherly was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He won 25 times in his Sprint Cup Series career.
He was a star in the early days of NASCAR. Thomas won the 1951 and 1953 Grand National Championship and led the series in wins in 52, 53 and 54. Thomas was the inspiration for the character Doc Hudson in the movie Cars. He was named to the NASCAR 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998 and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Thomas finished his career with 48 wins in the Sprint Cup Series. Three of those wins are discussed below.
Only Richard Petty has won more races in NASCAR than Kyle Busch. The Schrub even jokes that he is the King of the Minor Leagues with 91 Xfinity Series wins and 49 Truck Series wins. Busch also has 43 wins in the Cup Series. He won the first race in NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow at Bristol. Currently, Busch drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Cup and Xfinity Series and owns Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series. Busch moved up one spot in the rankings after winning his first Sprint Cup Series title in 2015 and returning to the final four in 2016 and 2017.
Other than Petty Enterprises and Hendrick Motorsports, nobody is associated more with victory lane than Junior Johnson. As a driver, Johnson won 50 races, scored 148 top-10 finishes and was credited for figuring out drafting on super speedways. Johnson as a car owner earned six Cup championships… three each for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers (1998) and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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