Jeff Gordon has crossed hell and high water to achieve a successful career in NASCAR. Whenever the veteran has been put in a fighting position he has fought tooth and nail to achieve the best result he can muster. Gordon no doubt has been an outstanding driver on the track, always ready to run the extra mile for glory.
In his last win at AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta, the 40-year-old picked up his record 85th career victory. The victory took the Californian into the list of Top 3 NASCAR drivers with most victories. His win broke the joint record of 84 victories by two other drivers. Gordon also happens to rank as the number one driver of the modern era of NASCAR which began in 1972.
Although Gordon still faces a long road before he can call himself the undisputed king of NASCAR, his 85 triumphs are more than an impressive feat. The following is a list of the Top 5 NASCAR drivers with most victories.
5 – Darrell Waltrip – 84 wins
Waltrip was one of the leading drivers in the early 1980s. He has victories in all major NASCAR events under his belt and can also boast about 3 Winston Cups. Waltrip recorded one Daytona 500 win in his career and stunned his fans by winning 12 races in both 1981 and 1982. He was well-respected driver, revered for his sharp moves at turns.
4 – Bobby Allison – 84 wins
Allison too has won all major NASCAR races. He was a feared figure during the early 1970s. He recorded a total of 21 victories in 1970 and 1971. Allison dominated the track till 1980s where he produced the last of his famous victories. Allison became a Winston Cup champion in 1983 while his last win on circuit came in 1988 at Daytona 500. The victory happened to be his 3rd win at the event.
3 – Jeff Gordon – 85 wins
Hands down, Gordon can be rated as the best driver of modern era. He has won the Daytona 500 3 times and acquired the Winston Cup on 4 different occasions. Gordon has also recorded most wins in major NASCAR races in a season. During 1996-98 he won an amazing 33 times. Although Gordon won a single race in the past 3 year he recently found back his form by recording 3 victories in 2011.
2 – David Pearson – 105 wins
Although Pearson won 105 races he finished in the top 10 a total of 366 times. Pearson’s glory days were during the 1960s, a time when the Grand National era was at fame. Pearson won the Grand National a total of 3 times. At his prime, Pearson won 58 races, which are ironically more than half his total. Nonetheless, Pearson later recorded his other 47 victories in the modern era which also extends his reign of dominance into another decade. Pearson also had double digit wins in 5 different seasons.
1 – Richard Petty – 200 wins
Petty is considered as the Holy Grail of NASCAR. He has piled up an astounding record of 200 wins in a lustrous career that lasted over 35 years. The legend had more than 20 victories in both 1967 and 1971. His victories spread over a span of 4 decades. Petty also has a record of 7 wins at Daytona 500, which is a record.