NASCAR: Ranking Sprint Cup's Toughest Competitors

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NASCAR: Ranking Sprint Cup's Toughest Competitors
Dale Earnhardt was the definition of being tough, both on and off the track. (Image courtesy of

Ask any NASCAR fan a question regarding the identity of the toughest competitor in the sport's history, and you'll likely get the same response.

Dale Earnhardt.

The "Intimidator" was a force on the track, willing to race anyone no holds barred to the checkered flag. His finishes with Terry Labonte at Bristol were among some of the most thrilling in NASCAR's history.

After his death in 2001, there has yet to be a true heir to Earnhardt's throne of the sport's toughest competitor.

Some drivers are "tough" because of their actions on the track. Some drivers are "tough" because of the illnesses and ailments they battle through to get behind the wheel.

Without further ado, here are 10 of the toughest active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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