Bubba Wallace Picks Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin in List of Greatest NASCAR Drivers in Modern Era

Published 03/09/2021, 10:00 AM CST
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, speaks to the media after the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The NASCAR Cup Series has suddenly become a different playing ground after Jimmie Johnson’s retirement. No one on the current field has won more than two championships, let alone seven, which means many drivers have a chance to craft a legacy of their own.

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That said, there are quite a few experienced drivers on the grid who have already achieved so much success in the sport. It is not a surprise then that any NASCAR racer would need to be at the top of their game to beat these stalwarts in a race.

Speaking in an interview, Bubba Wallace named his top three greatest drivers from the modern NASCAR era. Safe to say, the names chosen are quite renowned, and for good reason as well.

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Bubba Wallace listed Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin among his Top 3 NASCAR picks

Interestingly, the legends that have won seven Cup titles marked their greatness across different eras altogether. While Richard Petty was largely dominant in the 1970s, Earnhardt Sr emerged imperious in the 1980s and 90s, with Johnson later rising to superiority in the 2000s.

Wallace said, “Obviously, you’ve got to put the greats in there. Richard Petty seven-time, Jimmie Johnson, our recent seven-time, just retired last year. And then Dale Earnhardt, put all of them in there.”

“But now in this day and age, in no particular order… Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin,” concluded Wallace.

Hamlin comfortably leads the 2021 standings but Harvick and Busch have catching up to do

After the race at Las Vegas, the Joe Gibbs Racing No.11 occupies top spot owing to his stage wins and overall finishes. He now holds a 38-point lead over nearest contender Brad Keselowski, and would be targeting a maiden title win himself this year.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) waits for the restart of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, veterans Harvick and Busch currently find themselves out of the top five reckoning. The Stewart-Haas driver is in seventh, while ‘Rowdy’ has not had a great start to the season, mustering only 14th at this point in time.

But there is still a long way to go for all three superstars, with the playoffs being quite the acid test for their racing capabilities. Only time will thus tell if any of these racers can win, and add onto their championships tally, in what have already been fulfilling NASCAR careers.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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