Kurt Busch is another driver born into a family of racers. It wouldn’t be fair for his brother to be on the list without him now, would it? Busch is just as deserving of a spot here, as he won the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the 2017 Daytona 500. He drives the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing as a full-time racer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Busch is one of few drivers of who have won races in the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
As admirable as his skills and wins are on the track, off of it, Busch has been known of engaging in verbal abuse of his team members and the media. He shared in 2011 that he was working with a sports psychologist on his anger issues. Busch has also been under investigation for physical assault and was caught cheating on his first wife.
Born as Richard Petty, but otherwise known as “The King” AKA the greatest NASCAR driver of all time. Richard owned the wheel since the late ’50s and competed in 1,185 races over 35 years before retiring. It’s no surprise that Petty is the most adorned NASCAR driver, as it seems that racing runs deep in the Petty family’s blood. Richard was born to the late Lee Petty, who was also a stock car racer. Richard has an impressive 200 wins under his belt as well as 172 top ten finishes. He also started in the pole position 123 times.
In 1992, Richard threw in the towel and retired from the sport with seven Cup championship wins, and may we mention the first driver to accomplish this number of wins. In 2010, when the first NASCAR Hall was created, there was nobody better to induct than the champion of the stock car racing himself. Besides his impressive achievements, Richard has also avoided death several times, luckily managing to survive three intense car crashes.