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1. Tim Flock

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Last year, there were four contenders for the #1 spot, with the other three already inducted, Tim Flock is alone in the Pole Position for best driver not in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And with the highest winning percentage in NASCAR history, two Sprint Cup Championships in the 1950’s, and four previous nominations, it likely will be this year.…
Known as “The Clown Prince of Racing”, Joe Weatherly was a two time Sprint Cup Champion, a two time Modified Division Champion, and a three time American Motorcycle Division Champion, all by the age of 41. The four-time Hall of Fame Finalist had his incredible racing career was cut when he died at Riverside Raceway in 1964. With 25 wins…
Jarrett, in his second year of eligibility moves to the inside of the second row of our field. He won the 1999 Sprint Cup, finished in the top 5 on 7 different occasions, and won three Daytona 500s. While he wasn’t nominated in his first year of eligibility, he is clearly at the top of best drivers not in the…
Isaac, who is currently 19th in All Time wins, is a two time Hall of Fame finalist. Currently nineteenth on the All Time Win list, he died prematurely of a heart attack at the age of 45 and could have conceivably attained more.  He did however finish with 37 victories, which is second most for those eligible but not yet…

5. Rex White

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The diminutive Rex White (he was only five feet, four) had a freakishly high top ten finish percentage of seventy percent.  White was not only hampered by his small size, but he had a withered leg from polio as a child.  Despite all this, Rex White won the Championship in 1960 and was an inspiration to many.The Bullet Points:Country of…
Edward “Fireball” Roberts supposedly got his nickname from being a pitcher in Florida as a youth and not through his driving style.  Ironically, his life would end through a fiery wreck in Charlotte in 1964.  Like many of the others ranked above him, “Fireball” was nominated to the first three Hall of Fame Classes.  He won 33 races, including the…
One of the most beloved announcers in NASCAR, Benny Parsons was also one of the greatest drivers in history.  Parsons won the 1973 Winston Cup Championship, the 1975 Daytona 500 and two ARCA Championships.  He also boasted a solid top ten percentage finishing in that bracket 53 percent of the time.  Nominated in the first three classes, it is only…
Twice nominated for the Hall of Fame, “Fast” Freddy Lorenzen never did win a points title in NASCAR, but did win two USAC Stock Car Championships.  The ever popular Lorenzen does however have the distinction of being the first driver to win $100,000 in prize money in a single season.  Throw in 26 career wins and the Daytona victory in…
While he only comes in at number nine on this list, Geoff Bodine may be the greatest Modified racer ever.  Bodine compiled the most wins in Modified history, including a ridiculous 55 wins in 84 starts in 1978.  In terms of NASCAR, he never finished higher than third on the points standing, but he did capture the prestigious Daytona 500…
“The Bandit” is one of NASCAR’s most recognizable drivers, winning eighteen races; including being the oldest driver to ever win a NASCAR event when he captured the checkered flag in Michigan at the age of 52.  Although Gant never won a points title, he did finish in the top five six times, including second in 1984.  He was also the…
Alfred “Speedy” Thompson never finished higher than third in the points standings, but he did so on four separate occasions. Thompson, who raced full time on the Grand National circuit for only ten years, did manage to win 20 races in 197 starts and died in his racecar at a North Carolina fairground after suffering a heart attack one day…
Ricky Rudd is the Iron Man of NASCAR, starting the most consecutive races in history with 788.  Overall, Rudd made an incredible 906 starts winning 23 races over a 32 year career.  He may have only finished in the top three in points once, a second place finish in 1991, but was the 1977 Winston Cup Rookie of the year,…
Born Elzie Wylie Baker Jr., he took to the nickname Buddy about as happily as he took to the track.  Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and is a member of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, accumulated 19 wins in 700 races over a 34 year career. The Bullet Points:Country of Origin: Florence, South Carolina, U.S.A.Retired In:1992Sprint Cup Wins:19Poles:38Top Ten…
The brother of Tim and Bob Flock, Fonty began as a moonshine runner in Alabama.  He was the 1947 Stock Car Circuit Champion and the 1949 Modified Champion, but while he would have four top five point finishes, he would finish no higher than second on the Grand National. His career totals included 19 wins in153 starts. The Bullet Points:Country…
One of the early legends of NASCAR, Jack Smith won 21 races and twice finished in the top five in points standings over a fifteen year career.  Should the Hall focus on early stars, this forgotten one could have a legitimate shot. The Bullet Points:Country of Origin: Metropolis, Illinois, U.S.A.Retired In:1964Sprint Cup Wins:21Poles:23Top Ten Finishes:142Top Ten Finishes (Season): Sprint Cup…

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    In an era of the British Invasion and Motown, there appeared to be little chart room for anyone else. One of those exceptions was Johnny Rivers whose live albums may have showed he had more love of Rock and Roll than anyone else ever could.   Through the middle portion of the 1960’s Johnny Rivers cemented his status on the…
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