When trying to determine greatness there are various factors that need to be considered. Below is a quick look at the criteria that was examined in deciding which drivers made the list and where they were ranked.

  • Championships – Often times in sports success is most often measure in championships. As a result of this any NASCAR driver with a Sprint Cup Series championship is somewhere on this list. We also took into consideration drivers who have won titles in NASCAR’s lower tiers (Xfinity Series, Truck Series and Modified Series)
  • Wins – Some will say the titles are the most important while others will say it’s the wins. We won’t say which we felt was the most important but wins did play a big part in the decision-making process.
  • Hall of Fame – If a driver is worthy of being in the NASCAR Hall of Fame then they are worthy of being on our list.
  • Lasting Impact – Sometimes a drivers greatest contribution to the sport was the impact that they made while they raced. Some drivers changed the landscape of the sport while others made smaller but still important impacts. All of these impacts were considered while putting together the list.

Without further ado let’s jump into the list be revealing the two drivers that just missed making the list of NASCAR’s top-10 drivers.

Lets start with number 10:

10 Bobby Allison

84 Sprint Cup Series Wins, 1961-1988

The Numbers

  • 1983 Sprint Cup Series Champion
  • 84 Sprint Cup Series wins
  • 3-time Daytona 500 winner and 4-time Southern 500 winner
  • Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011

The History

Allison is a former Sprint Cup Series champion having won his title in 1983. To go along with his Sprint Cup Series title, Allison is also an IROC champion (1980).

Allison won 84 times during his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career which is a pretty remarkable number of wins and good enough for 4th on the all-time list tied with Darrell Waltrip. While winning 84 races Allison won the Daytona 500 three times (1978, 1982 and 1988), the Southern 500 four times (1971, 1972, 1975 and 1983), the World 600 twice (1981 and 1984) and the Winston 500 three times (1979, 1981 and 1986). Allison was also named the Most Popular Driver in the Sprint Cup Series on seven different occasions during his career.

The Legend

In 1998 Allison was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. In 2011 he was then inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Allison is one of 26 drivers to have won in each of NASCAR’s top series. He finished his career with 84 Cup wins, two Xfinity Series wins and six Truck Series wins. Although Allison has 84 official wins in the Sprint Cup Series; some maintain he should really have 85 or 86. Controversies in a pair of races have him stuck at 84.