The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or more commonly known as NASCAR, has become an iconic staple of American culture. The sport was introduced in 1948 by Bill France Sr. during prohibition out of a need for bootleggers to transport their illegal alcohol in a speedy manner. In order to do this, they converted cars to be able to handle fast speed.
The drivers fell in love with the endorphins of fast-paced driving and stock car racing has since become a mainstay sport which is broadcasted in 150 countries around the world. NASCAR endorses over 1,500 races in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. When you get drivers with such a need for speed, you also get some pretty heart-racing moments. So how do these drivers hold up against one another? Check out the best NASCAR drivers of all time, ranked in order.
A lot of stock car racers get their start racing go-karts at a young age and Denny Hamlin was one of them. He started racing go-karts at only 7 years old. Hamlin first gained recognition when he won Rookie of the Year at the 2006 Spring Cup and qualified for NASCAR Playoffs. Currently, Hamlin is a full-time racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and drives the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin has won over 30 NASCAR Cup Series races, the biggest being the Daytona 500 in 2016 and 2019.
He has been credited as one of the most consistent drivers, and he has won at least one race every year from the 2006 to 2017 Cup seasons and another one in 2019.