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Driver vs. Driver — No Title, No Problem: Mark Martin vs. Denny Hamlin

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

40 Cup wins is a big deal. In NASCAR’s history, spanning seven decades, just 20 drivers have claimed that many wins. And with those wins come titles, lots of ti — oh, wait. This month, we look closer at drivers who have won a lot of races, but no Cup Series title to go with …

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Driver vs. Driver Hall of Fame Matchups: Jeff Gordon vs. Tony Stewart

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

Between them, they hold seven NASCAR Cup titles and 142 wins in the series. Both started in sprint cars, both were tenacious competitors in whatever they raced. Not only do Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart come from open-wheel backgrounds, but both could also win anywhere, anytime in the Cup Series. This month, we look closer …

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Driver vs. Driver Hall of Fame Matchups: Bill Elliott Vs. Rusty Wallace

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

With 99 wins and two titles between them, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace tore up the track in the late 1980s. For 25 years, they raced one another, and while Wallace has an edge in the win department, well, they didn’t call Elliott Million Dollar Bill for nothing. This month, we look closer at the …

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Driver vs. Driver Hall of Fame Matchups: Bobby Allison Vs. Darrell Waltrip

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

84 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Only three drivers in the history of the series have won more than Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison (though Allison will tell you he has 85, a matter he’s disputed with NASCAR for decades. Between them, Waltrip and Allison won four of five titles between 1981 and 1985. Waltrip has …

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Driver vs. Driver Hall of Famers: Lee Petty vs. Junior Johnson

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

Over 50 wins on NASCAR’s top circuit will put a driver into the Hall of Fame — every eligible driver to ever achieve that mark has already been enshrined, and there’s no doubt that the three active drivers who have achieved that number will be first-ballot locks. This month, we look closer at the drivers …

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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Jeff Gordon vs. Jimmie Johnson

(Graphic: Jared Haas)

It started when the young driver asked the superstar for career advice. In 2001, NASCAR was reeling from the loss of Dale Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt’s fierce rival, was on the way to a fourth championship. And Jimmie Johnson was barely a blip on the collective radar. Most fans know the story by now: Johnson …

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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Dale Earnhardt vs. Jeff Gordon

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR’s last great rivalry couldn’t have been between two more different drivers. In one corner, there was Dale Earnhardt, the blue-collar Intimidator, who was flirting with Richard Petty’s all-time mark of seven championships in the early and mid-1990s. In the other, Wonderboy: Jeff Gordon, the polished and groomed youngster from California whose meteoric rise began …

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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Richard Petty vs. Dale Earnhardt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Seven Cup titles. When Richard Petty won his seventh and final championship in 1979, it was easily a feat for the record books. No other driver had more than three. Dale Earnhardt was a rookie driver in 1979, brash and hungry but as yet unproven. In Driver vs. Driver, we take a look into the careers of …

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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Richard Petty vs. David Pearson

Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

The King. The Silver Fox. Richard Petty. David Pearson. They’re NASCAR’s most legendary rivalry—and there’s no other pair of drivers to begin a month of classic matchups with than the two winningest drivers the sport’s top series has ever seen. In Driver vs. Driver, we take a look into the careers of the sport’s greats …

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