Ranking the 11 Most Intelligent Drivers in NASCAR Today

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Ranking the 11 Most Intelligent Drivers in NASCAR Today
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Two of NASCAR's most intelligent drivers, not to mention boss and employee, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick.

A few weeks back, I put forth a list of what I believed to be the 11 most intelligent crew chiefs in NASCAR today, ranked in order.

Reader response was fantastic—as were reader comments, which I appreciate.

Obviously, the likely encore is a ranked list of the 11 most intelligent drivers in NASCAR today.

But before we get to the list, let's clarify a few criteria that went into making this list.

First, obviously, is driving talent. While I'm sure I'll get a few complaints about at least one driver on this list, remember that I'm talking about the overall package of the person.

Second is something that at times is more important than sheer driving talent—and that's brain power. Every one of the drivers on this list was chosen for how they combine performance with cerebral ability.

Third is off-track acumen, particularly in business or in promotion of one's self.

You might question some of those traits first, but once you read each driver's synopsis, I think you'll realize why each of the 11 selected made this list.

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