You can be the nicest, quietest and most well-mannered race car driver in the world.
But once you climb behind the wheel, oftentimes a catharsis occurs where Mr. Nice Guy becomes No More Mr. Nice Guy seemingly in the blink of an eye—or the drop of a green flag.
That's where some of NASCAR's most feared drivers of all time came from.
Developing their skills over time, they learned that the only way to succeed in most cases is to take advantage of the other guy first, because he'll certainly take advantage of you if he gets an opportunity.
The most feared drivers are also the ones who take the most chances and risks, who oftentimes seem like they can do superhuman things with a race car while their counterparts are left to be nothing more than mere mortals with a steering wheel in their hands and a gas and brake pedal at their feet.
In over six decades, NASCAR has seen its share of feared drivers. In fact, it's almost like clockwork, where one or more drivers rule the roost for several years as the most intimidating competitors, only to eventually yield to the next generation of the same ilk.
So without further ado and in no particular order, we present our picks for NASCAR's 15 Most Feared Drivers of All Time.
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