Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked on Friday about a NASCAR Mt. Rushmore. Who would he select as the four drivers?
Instead of side-stepping a question that risks offending somebody by forgetting a name, Earnhardt took a shot and started with two names, his father’s and Richard Petty.
“I’ll probably walk out of here and think of four more, but the guys that stand out to me are Richard (Petty), my father and David Pearson. The fourth is a toss-up between guys like (Cale) Yarborough and Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, obviously Jeff Gordon.
“Jimmie (Johnson) has to be in that conversation. He could even probably be the third guy.”
Tough call, but Earnhardt mentioned the primary candidates, and kudos to him for taking a stab.
Here’s the list of career victories in the NASCAR Cup Series:
1. Richard Petty
2. David Pearson
3. Jeff Gordon
4 (tie). Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip
6. Cale Yarborough
7. Dale Earnhardt
8. Jimmie Johnson