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The 10 Dirtiest Drivers in Racing History

Racing is unlike any other sport out there in that the equipment used during events – the machines in this instance – are just as vital to success as is the talent of the individuals involved. You cou

Racing is unlike any other sport out there in that the equipment used during events – the machines in this instance – are just as vital to success as is the talent of the individuals involved. You could be the greatest driver to ever sit behind the wheel. You will only get so far in the sport if your vehicle is not one of the best in the business. There is also the added factor that drivers put their lives into the hands of those who care for their vehicles. It is that element of danger and the reality that things can go terribly wrong in an instant that draws some people to the sport.

Any racer who has ever enjoyed even a small amount of success on a professional level knows that he must, from time to time, get his hands dirty during a competition. That could involve bumping the rear end of an opposing driver's car during a race, or it could merely be a case of two drivers making a secret pact before or even during a race to conspire against a shared rival. There is an old saying in sports: “If you ain't cheating, then you ain't trying.” That adage holds true for any level of racing as much as it does for every significant sports competition out there today.

Some of the most respected and successful drivers in racing history also had/have a reputation for being known as “dirty.” That includes a man who remains the sport's top figure despite the fact that he passed away during the biggest race of the year over a decade ago, and also the individual who taught that driver how to race and how to win. There is also the driver who made headlines in the summer of 2014 when he was involved in an ugly incident that resulted in a young man losing his life. That accident has changed the way that some view the famous racer.

10 Lee Petty

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9 Jimmy Spencer

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8 Ernie Irvan

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7 Curtis Turner

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6 LeeRoy Yarbrough

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5 A.J. Foyt

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4 Kurt Busch

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3 Tony Stewart

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2 Dale Earnhardt

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1 Ralph Earnhardt

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Where do you think Dale learned his craft in his early years into the sport of racing? Before the black No. 3 was tearing it up on NASCAR tracks, Ralph was dominating his rivals on dirt tracks and also on asphalt. The senior Earnhardt was a legend of the industry well ahead of his time, putting in the work in the garage before events and then also not shying from mixing it up with the competition during races. Ralph has been called an even tougher driver than was Dale, which is somewhat difficult to believe for those of us who grew up watching “The Intimidator” seemingly cruise to victories.

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