Tag:all-time best driver
Posted on: October 6, 2008 8:47 am
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Who is the all-time best driver - Round 4

Time for round 4. This round should be difficult to predict winners in since all 4 groups have the 1 seed going against the 2 seed. I would have thought a 3 or 4 seed could have snuck through into this round, now the big question is, can any of teh 2 seeds upset the 1 seeds?

Group 1

#1 Richard Petty vs. #2 Cale Yarborough

Group 2

#1 David Pearson vs. #2 Bobby Allison

Group 3

#1 Darrell Waltrip vs. #2 Jeff Gordon

Group 4

#1 Dale Earnhardt vs. #2 Lee Petty

Feel free to check out the other rounds if you missed them. You can still post you choices if you like, although it won't change the results. It would be interesting to see how others view the matchups.

Round 1
http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/10531977

Round 2
http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/10670073

Round 3
http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/10815409

 

Posted on: September 22, 2008 9:24 am
 

Who is the all-time best driver. Round 2

Onto round 2.

Group1
#1 Richard Petty 17 vs.#16 Darel Dieringer 0
#2 Cale Yarborough 17 vs.#15 Paul Goldsmith 0
#3 Rusty Wallace 13 vs.#14 Kevin Harvick 4
#4 Junior Johnson 17 vs.#13 Dick Rathmann 0
#5 Bobby Isaac 16 vs.#12 Dick Hutcherson 1
#6 Fireball Roberts 16 vs.#11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1
#7 Terry Labonte 11 vs.#10 Harry Gant 6
#8 Benny Parsons 16 vs.#9 Kurt Busch 1

Group 2
#1 David Pearson 15 vs.#16 A.J. Foyt 2
#2 Bobby Allison 17 vs.#15 Kasey Kahne 0
#3 Ned Jarrett 13 vs.#14 Donnie Allison 4
#4 Bill Elliott 13 vs.#13 Tim Richmond 4
#5 Mark Martin 16 vs.#12 Leeroy Yarborough 1
#6 Rex White 10 vs.#11 Marvin Panch 7
#7 Jim Paschal 3 vs.#10 Matt Kenseth 14
#8 Jack Smith 1 vs.#9 Davey Allison 16

Group 3
#1 Darrell Waltrip 14 vs.#16  Alan Kulwicki 3
#2 Jeff Gordon 17 vs.#15 Bob Welborn 0
#3 Herb Thomas 14 vs.#14 Sterling Marlin 3
#4 Tim Flock 16 vs.#13 Greg Biffle 1
#5 Tony Stewart 13 vs.#12 Carl Edwards 4
#6 Joe Weatherly 10 vs.#11 Curtis Turner 7
#7 Ricky Rudd 16 vs.#10 Geoffrey Bodine 1
#8 Jeff Burton 3 vs.#9 Buddy Baker 14

Group 4
#1 Dale Earnhardt 17 vs.#16 Marshall Teague 0
#2 Lee Petty 16 vs.#15 Kyle Petty 1
#3 Buck Baker 17 vs.#14 Cotton Owens 0
#4 Jimmie Johnson 13 vs.#13 Kyle Busch 4
#5 Dale Jarrett 15 vs.#12 Ryan Newman 2
#6 Fred Lorenzen 12 vs.#11 Ernie Irvan 5
#7 Bobby Labonte 10 vs.#10 Neil Bonnett 7
#8 Speedy Thompson 9 vs.#9 Fonty Flock 8

Some people commented on the "easy" path Sr. has, I assure you this wasn't intentional. I calculated the point values for each driver and Sr. was 4th on the list making him a 1 seed. I then entered 1-4 next to each driver and did the same for the 2 seeds, 3 seeds, etc... In this fashion Lee Petty was in Group 4. In Hindsight I should have done it like a snaking draft, 1-4, then 4-1 for the 2 seeds, 1-4 for the 3 seeds, 4-1 for the 4 seeds. Alas, that thought didn't occur to me, so you are stuck with the current groupings. We have a couple of interesting matchups. Petty vs. the late Benny Parson, in group 2 you have Bobby vs. Davey Allison, Herb Thomas vs. Joe Weatherly in Group 2, and Lee Petty (one of NASCARS founding drivers) vs. Bobby Labonte who drives for Lee's son Richard.

#1 Richard Petty vs. #8 Benny Parsons
#2 Cale Yarborough vs. #7 Terry Labonte
#3 Rusty Wallace vs. #6 Fireball Roberts
#4 Junior Johnson vs. #5 Bobby Isaac

#1 David Pearson vs. #10 Matt Kenseth
#2 Bobby Allison vs. #9 Davey Allison
#3 Ned Jarrett vs. #6 Rex White
#4 Bill Elliott vs. #5 Mark Martin

#1 Darrell Waltrip vs. #9 Buddy Baker
#2 Jeff Gordon vs. #7 Ricky Rudd
#3 Herb Thomas vs. #6 Joe Weatherly
#4 Tim Flock vs. #5 Tony Stewart

#1 Dale Earnhardt vs. #8 Speedy Thompson
#2 Lee Petty vs. #7 Bobby Labonte
#3 Buck Baker vs. #6 Fred Lorenzen
#4 Jimmie Johnson vs. #5 Dale Jarrett

Posted on: September 15, 2008 1:02 pm
 

Who is the all-time best driver

Everyone has their favorite driver, and think that he is the best ever. Hard to argue against Richard Petty with 200 wins, but then again he raced 2-3 times a week. Dale Earnhardt deserves some consideration after winning 7 championships. What about David Pearson with 105 wins and 3 championships, or Darrel Waltrip. I know many fans nowadays will make the arguement for Jeff Gordon. This little contest won't really settle the debate but it should be interesting to see who the CBS Sportsline community thinks is the best of all times.

The really hard part was to come up with seedings that were fair. Do I base it solely on races won? What about winning a championship, shouldn't that be taken into consideration. How about if a guy was a runner up to the champion. He still had a great season but someone just beat him. I figured I would take all of that into consideration as well. I went to Jayski and pulled up the All-time win list. It got interesting down near the 64th spot. The drivers in places 61-64 all had 7 wins, and the 65th spot had 5, so it made the cutoff seem easy. Or so I though. As I looked a little further, I noticed Alan Kulwicki had only 5 wins but also had a championship. Do I leave him off the list? To decide that I added him, so I had 65 drivers vying for 64 spots. I gave each driver a point for winning a race. I also awarded 2 points for every championship won, and 1 point for each runner up spot. Of course this didn't make my decision for the 64th spot any easier since Alan now had 7 points and so did 4 other drivers. Well someone had to be left off but who? I decided to keep Alan because I think he would have won more races had he not died. The other drivers were Marshall Teague, A.J. Foyt, Darel Dieringer, and Jim Reed. I have heard of Marshall Teague and AJ Foyt, so I thought I would find out more about the other two. Darel Dieringer drove in 181 races and won 7 times, Jim Reed raced in 107 races and won 7 times. Since Reed had a better win percentage I included him, sorry to all of the Darel Dieringer fans.

So now it is up to you guys. Who is the best all-time? I will vote only in the event of a tie, polls close at 8ish Monday morning.

Group 1
#1 Richard Petty vs. #16 Darel Dieringer
#2 Cale Yarborough vs. #15 Paul Goldsmith
#3 Rusty Wallace vs. #14 Kevin Harvick
#4 Junior Johnson vs. #13 Dick Rathmann
#5 Bobby Isaac vs. #12 Dick Hutcherson
#6 Fireball Roberts vs. #11 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
#7 Terry Labonte vs. #10 Harry Gant
#8 Benny Parsons vs. #9 Kurt Busch
 

Group 2
   
#1 David Pearson vs. #16 A.J. Foyt
#2 Bobby Allison vs. #15 Kasey Kahne
#3 Ned Jarrett vs. #14 Donnie Allison
#4 Bill Elliott vs. #13 Tim Richmond
#5 Mark Martin vs. #12 Leeroy Yarborough
#6 Rex White vs. #11 Marvin Panch
#7 Jim Paschal vs. #10 Matt Kenseth
#8 Jack Smith vs. #9 Davey Allison
     

Group 3

#1 Darrell Waltrip vs. #16 Alan Kulwicki
#2 Jeff Gordon vs. #15 Bob Welborn
#3 Herb Thomas vs. #14 Sterling Marlin
#4 Tim Flock vs. #13 Greg Biffle
#5 Tony Stewart vs. #12 Carl Edwards
#6 Joe Weatherly vs. #11 Curtis Turner
#7 Ricky Rudd vs. #10 Geoffrey Bodine
#8 Jeff Burton vs. #9 Buddy Baker
 

Group 4   

#1 Dale Earnhardt vs. #16 Marshall Teague
#2 Lee Petty vs. #15 Kyle Petty
#3 Buck Baker vs. #14 Cotton Owens
#4 Jimmie Johnson vs. #13 Kyle Busch
#5 Dale Jarrett vs. #12 Ryan Newman
#6 Fred Lorenzen vs. #11 Ernie Irvan
#7 Bobby Labonte vs. #10 Neil Bonnett
#8 Speedy Thompson vs. #9 Fonty Flock

 
 
 
 
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