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The Best NASCAR Drivers for Car Numbers 1 – 9

Posted by chadmusselman on September 8, 2010

Our countdown of the top drivers for each car number concludes with the top drivers for car numbers 1 through 9.  This is the winningest group of car numbers in the countdown with 290 career wins between them.

Car No. 9 – Bill Elliott
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville was just that, awesome in this car.  He won a championship in 1988 and finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th from 1983 – 1987.  That’s pretty darn good.  He also won 38 races in the car.  No wonder he was the fans’ favorite driver.

 

 

Car No. 8 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
From 1999 to 2007 Dale raced for his father’s company, picking up 17 wins along the way.  He finished in the top ten in points four of those years with a career high 3rd in points in 2003.

 

 

Car No. 7 – Alan Kulwicki
5 career wins in the car and one championship in 1992 make Alan the best to drive the 7 car.

 

 

Car No. 6 – Mark Martin
Was there any doubt?  Mark drove the 6 car for 19 years from 1988 to 2006.  He never won a championship, but did finish second four different times.  He also had 35 wins in that car with 13 career top five finishes in the point standings.

 

 

Car No. 5 – Terry Labonte
The 5 car has had some talented drivers behind the wheel.  Terry is the best since he took home the championship in 1996.  He drove the car for 11 season picking up 12 victories.  Some other notables that have driven the 5 car with success are Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Geoffrey Bodine.  All have won at least four races in the car.

 

Car No. 4 – Ernie Irvan
Ernie only drove the 4 car for three years, but he had 8 wins and finished 5th and 6th in the point standings in 1991 & 1993.  He narrowly edged out Sterling Marlin who drove the car for four seasons and won 6 races.

 

 

Car No. 3 – Dale Earnhardt
Dale will always be known for the black number 3 and being the “Intimidator”.  He was in the car from 1984 up until his death in 2001.  He won 6 of his 7 championships in the 3 car and also won 67 races in the car.  Is Dale more associated to the 3 car than Richard Petty is to the 43?

 

 

Car No. 2 – Rusty Wallace
Sorry Earnhardt fans, but Rusty gets the nod here since he drove the car for 16 seasons.  He’s who most NASCAR fans probably associate with the number 2 car.  In that span he won 37 race and finished in the top ten in the point standings eleven times.  Dale did race the 2 car for three seasons winning the championship in 1980 and six races while in the car. 

 

 

Car No. 1 – Steve Park
Steve’s career started out with promise, finishing 14th and 11th in points in 1999 and 2000, but it fizzled after that.  He managed two career victories in the 1 car.

So, that’s the end of the list.  What do you think?  Who did I mess up, and who should be considered the best driver in the cars I got wrong.  Leave a comment and let everyone know.

 

Other Car Numbers Profiled:
Car Numbers 99 – 71
Car Numbers 49 – 30
Car Numbers 29 – 20

Car Numbers 19 – 10

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