The word "badass" can have a number of different meanings to different people. Some use the word in a good way, others think of it in a derogatory manner.
For the purpose of this exercise, we will use badass as an adjective, meaning someone who is cool, tough, aggressive and uncharacteristically successful or has some other intangible that makes him or her stand out in a crowd. These drivers thrive under pressure, never give up, are relentless when they want something and rarely fold or show fear.
Above all else, they're leaders, not followers. They blaze trails where others are too fearful to go.
We chose our list of 10 from the best of the best in modern-day NASCAR, the acknowledged era from 1972 to the present. There is no ranking system—no one on this list is a bigger badass than another.
By no means is this list complete, so if you want to add your thoughts in the comments about others that should also be on this list, feel free to do so.