Motorsport is one of the most evolutionary forms of sports on the planet, often changing from one standard to another, unrecognizable one in a matter of years. As such, the NASCAR of today and the NASCAR of even 20 years ago share little in common, from the cars to the manufacturers to the schedule to the sponsorship obligations.
In fact, the differences are so great that were you to take some of the sport's top drivers in their prime out of their era and put them into today's NASCAR exactly as they were, there's a good chance that a lot of them would struggle.
It's true that different strategies and personalities work in different eras. In fact, the differences may be so large that any sort of comparison like this is impossible to accurately make. But with deeper fields, wins at a premium and most importantly, far more money in the sport, some of these drivers, despite all possessing Hall of Fame-worthy talent, wouldn't have half as many wins as they eventually totaled in their careers.
With that in mind, let's go through 25 drivers whose careers would likely be radically different in this era: