Yes, there’s a ton of young talent coming up in NASCAR, but you might be surprised by how many full-time Sprint Cup drivers are over 40. And they are damned good. Collectively the eight full-time Cup drivers who are 40 years old or older have accounted for 341 race victories and 15 championships. Here they all are:
Jamie McMurray, 40 years old
In June, the popular McMurray celebrated his 40th birthday. He has seven career race victories, including winning the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2010.
Jimmie Johnson, 40
With six Sprint Cup championships, Johnson trails only Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, who have seven each. Johnson, who has 77 race victories, will celebrate his 41st birthday in September.
Kevin Harvick, 40
Harvick has enjoyed tremendous success since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, winning the 2014 Sprint Cup championship, finishing second last year and leading the points now. He has 32 career race victories. Harvick will turn 41 in December.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 41
NASCAR’s most popular driver will turn 42 in October. Earnhardt has 26 career victories, but for the moment he’s out while he recovers from concussion-like symptoms.
Matt Kenseth, 44
The 2003 Sprint Cup champion turned 44 in March. Kenseth already has a pair of victories this year and 38 for his career.
Tony Stewart, 45
“Smoke” celebrated his 45th birthday in May and has been red-hot on the track lately. He has 49 career race victories and three championships to his credit.
Jeff Gordon, 45
The popular four-time champion came out of retirement this year to fill-in for the sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon’s 93 career victories rank him third all-time in NASCAR. He turned 45 in August.
Greg Biffle, 46
The oldest full-time Sprint Cup driver, Biffle will turn 47 in December. He has spent his entire Cup career driving for Jack Roush, earning 19 career race victories.