Ranking the 5 Greatest NASCAR Drivers of Every Decade

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Ranking the 5 Greatest NASCAR Drivers of Every Decade
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NASCAR has been around since the late 1940s.  With its history, there have been drivers in every decade who stand out above the rest.

Even though NASCAR itself has changed since its beginnings, there are still those who stand out. And every decade has a solid group of drivers who that remember as NASCAR continues moving forward.

Some drivers span more than one decade and were dominant in the NASCAR scene for over 20 years.  Others are still racing and continue to set new records as NASCAR adds even more years to its history.

Most of the drivers on this list have won one or more championships.  In a sport like NASCAR, winning races is great, but winning the grand prize, the Sprint Cup title, is the ultimate goal.  Even drivers who have only one it once should be considered some of the best in the history of NASCAR.

When names like Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. have each dominated more than two decades of NASCAR, beating one of them and winning the title is a real accomplishment.

Drivers were taken from all aspects of a decade, from ones who dominated earlier in a decade to ones those came alive at the end.

NASCAR started in 1948, so to make the decades somewhat even, I started the list with 1948-1959.

Here are the top five drivers from every decade in NASCAR.

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