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The Best NASCAR Drivers for Car Numbers 19 – 10

Posted by chadmusselman on September 1, 2010

The countdown of the best drivers continues.  This week we take a look at the best drivers in car numbers 19 down to 10.  There are some very good drivers in this group.

Car No. 19 – Jeremy Mayfield
Part of me has an issue putting him on this list, but this is for on the track performance.  Jeremy did manage to win two races in the 19 car and finished 10th and 9th in points in 2004 & 2005.  It was all downhill from there.

 

 

Car No. 18 – Bobby Labonte
From 1995 to 2005 Bobby was in the Interstate Battery #18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.  In 2000 he was able to win the championship.  Also along the way he collected 21 wins and finished in the top ten in points seven times.  The other driver up for consideration was Kyle Busch.  He has won 14 races in the 18 car, but his best points finish has been 10th.  Not even close to the championship that Bobby has.

 

Car No. 17 – Matt Kenseth
This was another tough one to call.  Matt edged out Darrell Waltrip since Matt won a championship in 2003 driving the 17 car.  Matt has also won 18 races and finished in the top 10 in the standings six consecutive years from 2002 to 2007.  D.W. did well in the 17 also.  He had 16 wins in the car and six finishes in the top ten in the point standings.

 

 

Car No. 16 – Greg Biffle
Greg has been close to a championship a couple of times finishing 2nd and 3rd in the standings in 2005 & 2008.  2010 is his 9th season in car 16 and over the years he’s won 15 races.

 

 

 

Car No. 15 – Bobby Allison
This is another car like the 28 where there have been several good drivers.  Bobby drove the 15 in 1978, ’79, and ’80.  Over those years he won 14 races and finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th in the point standings.  No one else in the 15 car would get as close to winning it all.  Other notables in the 15 car are, Ricky Rudd, Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, and Benny Parsons.  All of them won at a minimum, three races in the 15 car.  That’s some pretty good company to keep.

 

Car No. 14 – Tony Stewart
Tony is the only one to win a race in the number 14 car.  He won four of them last year and finished 6th in points, also a best for the number.  AJ Foyt drove the car off and on from 1983 to 1992, but only had one top five to show for his efforts.

 

 

 

Car No. 12 – Ryan Newman
From 2002 to 2008 Car No. 12 was Ryan Newman’s.  He won 13 races in it and finished 6th in points three different seasons (2002, 2003, & 2005). 

 

 

 

 

Car No. 11 – Darrell Waltrip
This was the hardest decision to make.  I was going to say it’s a tie, but I hate ties.  Someone has to be the best.  Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough have almost identical stats for the 11 car.  Each won three championships in the car, and drove it for 6 years.  Darrell won 43 races while Cale won 41.  Darrell finished 2nd in points two different times and Cale finished 2nd once.  Very close call, but the edge goes to ole’ D.W.  Terry Labonte, Bill Elliot, and Denny Hamlin have also put up good numbers for the 11 car.

 

Car No. 10 – Ricky Rudd
The 1975, and 1994 to 1999 season were Ricky’s in the 10 car.  He won 6 races and finished in the top ten in points in ’94, ’95, & ’96.

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  6. Kevin said

    only one i disagree with is #15. while Mikee did not “come close to winning it all” He not only resurrected his career as a driver – he helped put DEI in the spotlight, he revamped a sponsor in NAPA (that was quite possibly on its way out of the sport), he CREATED a career for himself as an owner by the publicity he gained and helped spark a fire in the “post-Dale era” that helped Nascar achieve its highest popularity ever. Now that he is no longer on the track in that #15 . . . nascar is seeing its popularity dwindle. Is thats related somehow? who knows, but Michael Waltrip in the #15 was a definate boost to everything nascar for almost an entire decade. You did not even mention his name.

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