NASCAR turns 75: The best of the best

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Orlando Sentinel

The best of the best from 75 years of NASCAR. 5 Drivers— 1. Richard Petty. The King. His record 200 wins, 123 poles and seven Daytona 500 victories are likely to last forever. No one signed more autographs, either. Petty’s affable, aw-shucks, grassroots approach attracted fans one by one to the sport across decades. — 2. Dale Earnhardt Sr. Seven men had more wins than the Man in Black’s 76. Earnhardt’s outlaw persona, hard-charging style and mystique earned him a die-hard fan base, plenty of enemies but virtually everyone’s respect. But a win-at-all-costs mentality and rejection of safety meas…

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