By definition, a sport is an athletic activity that requires skill and physical prowess. Athletic is the key word that defines the meaning of the word "sport." That being said, I truly believe that NASCAR is a sport because a lot of people can push down the pedal, but it does get tiring after 75 laps or so.
NASCAR is arguably a sport that combines athleticism, competition, and strategy. You may not agree with me or anyone else for that matter, but NASCAR is technically a sport. Like the NFL, NASCAR is one of the professional sports that American fans prefer to watch. Of course, not all Americans keep tabs on NASCAR or auto racing in general, but I'm just speaking from my experiences from the past and present.
Anyhow, there are some drivers who had enough talent to make it to NASCAR's big leagues, but failed to generate quality results from there. Those wishy-washy drivers are basically racing busts who weren't all that while competing with other drivers on the race track. You might recognize some names such as Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson, but there a bunch of other names that you might've not heard of until you've stumbled upon this article of mine. Either way, this article is going to help you learn some more about NASCAR if you're not a diehard fan.
Without further ado, here are the 10 worst Ford drivers and 10 worst Chevrolet drivers in NASCAR history. As always, feel free to agree or disagree with my picks in the comments section.
20 Ford: Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer currently competes on a full-time basis in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing. But that doesn't mean that he's one of the best drivers in the big leagues.
You see, he has had his fair share of strong starts to the season, only to fall behind the pack or finish in an undesired position like second place. He also seems to be a poor sport as he has said in the past that finishing in a position other than first place "sucks." Boo hoo, life isn't always fair to people, buddy.
19 Chevrolet: Danica Patrick
This one should be obvious as Danica Patrick has never won a race with the No. 10 Chevrolet Impala for Stewart-Haas Racing in her NASCAR career. Of course, I don't mean to come off as sexist as I'm a female myself, but anyone (regardless of gender) who can look past her appearances and products would say that she's an untalented driver.
Sure, it's great to hear that she's the most successful female driver in the history of auto racing, but her IndyCar success—especially her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300—never translated to the big leagues.
That being said, it's good that she decided to retire to focus on her business endeavors since she's better in the marketing department anyway.
18 Ford: Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle last drove the No. 16 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in 2016. He originally began his NASCAR career in 1995, where he became the first of only three drivers that have won a championship in both the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series, and the sixth of only 29 drivers that has won a race in all three of NASCAR's national series.
Despite his early achievements, he turned out to be really inconsistent on the track and eventually left the big leagues to pursue other opportunities in fields such as television, film and journalism. And, as predicted, he has been doing well in his apparent post-retirement life.
17 Chevrolet: Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camero ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for CGR.
I'm not saying Larson is untalented and overrated, but he tends to finish in second place or takes a total fall in the standings altogether. In the past, his son, Owen, has trolled him for losing to NASCAR star Kyle Busch and that caused him to talk about how not winning "sucked." Again, suck it up, practice, and move on to the next race.
16 Ford: Kevin Conway
Kevin Conway is a current driver for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series and a former NASCAR driver in the No. 28 Ford in the Winston West Series and the No. 37 ExtenZe for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series.
Conway is living proof that it doesn't matter who you are or what sport you compete in, you'll always have haters who try to bring you down.
Except in this case, the haters were right in a sense because he sort of bought his way into NASCAR as his late father, Sam, was a former team manager for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. He has never won a race in his NASCAR tenure, so there you go.
15 Chevrolet: David Stremme
David Stremme is best known for winning the 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year award. And, as you might've already known, that was the greatest thing he ever achieved in his NASCAR career as he never wound up winning an actual race after that.
Stremme competed part-time for several different teams (and cars), but he wrapped up his career in 2014 in the No. 33 Chevrolet for Circle Sport in one of the worst ways possible—being released after trying his hand at 12 races in the regular season. Ouch! But at least he founded a dirt modified building called Lethal Chassis after leaving the sport behind.
14 Ford: David Ragan
David Ragan currently competes full-time in the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Ragan, only has two wins, 49 top 10 finishes and two poles so far in his career.
Right now, he currently sits at 25th place in the NASCAR standings. He has sparked crashes and fights on the track in the past and it seems like his apparent anger-filled bouts have been getting the best of him. Hopefully, he'll start to turn things around, but I can't make any promises because NASCAR is a highly competitive sport that requires a ton of fitness, grit and speed.
13 Chevrolet: John Wes Townley
John Wes Townley is the son of Zaxby's co-founder Tony Townley. So it's safe to say that he has always had a Southern aura around him.
John got his start in auto racing in the American Speed Association before becoming a NASCAR driver. He last competed part-time in the No. 5 Chevrolet Silverado for Athenian Motorsports in the 2016 Sparks Energy 300 in Talladega, Alabama. He announced his retirement in January 2017 and AM subsequently shut down its operations. Well then...
Since then, John has participated in mountain biking and played both the piano and the guitar. Good to hear that he has been keeping busy.
12 Ford: David Gilliland
David Gilliland currently competes part-time in the No. 92 Ford Fusion for Ricky Benton Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and part-time in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
So yeah, Gilliland doesn't drive a Ford car all of the time, but a good majority of the time, which is close enough.
He has only won one race and that was the 2006 Meijer 300 in Kentucky for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
He's better than some winless drivers, but still, he's somewhat of a disappointment for a second generation auto racing driver.
11 Chevrolet: Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jennifer Jo Cobb hasn't fared well in NASCAR. She has never won a race in one of NASCAR's big leagues.
In case you didn't know, Cobb currently competes in the Nos. 0 and 10 Chevrolet Silverados for her own team (Jennifer Cobb Racing) and previously competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and ARCA Racing Series.
Cobb may have been born to a father, Joe, who raced at Lakeside Speedway, but unfortunately, she only made one top-10 list in her full-time NASCAR career. And from the looks of things, it's unlikely she'll reach it again.
10 Ford: Casey Mears
Casey Mears is the son of IndyCar and off-road veteran, Roger Mears, and the nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Rick Mears, but that doesn't mean that he's a consistent driver in his own right.
Yeah, Casey has won two races—the 2007 Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. and the 2006 USG Durock 300 in Chicago—and he has finished in 85 top-10 lists, which is better than nothing, but those aren't the types of results that you'd want as a pro auto racing driver.
Casey originally drove a Ford, but had to switch to a Toyota in 2012 because Germain Racing decided to shift from Fords to Toyotas. No matter what car he drove, he was subpar at best.
9 Chevrolet: Steve Wallace
Steve Wallace is another example of another guy born to a NASCAR family who hasn't achieved a great level of success in the big leagues.
He's the son of 1989 Winston Cup champion, Rusty Wallace, the nephew of NASCAR drivers, Kenny and Mike Wallace, and the cousin of female NASCAR driver Chrissy Wallace.
He started his career in the No. 64 Dodge for Team Penske in 2011 and last competed in the No. 97 Chevy and No. 66 Ford in 2013.
He never won a NASCAR race, just made it to 35 top-10 lists along with two poles. Again, a winless driver who could've done better on the track.
8 Ford: Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip is one of those auto racing drivers who were born into NASCAR families. But here's a twist—his father, Leroy, and older brother, Darrell, didn't help him build a racing career, which left him having to pave his own career path on the track with the help of his other older brother, Bobby.
Michael raced go-karts at carnivals in his home state of Kentucky. He later lived with NASCAR star Richard Petty, but he was told that he wasting his time and convinced him to try a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride. Turns out, he made it to the big leagues, and won two Daytona 500 races in 2001 and 2003 in Chevrolet cars.
However, Michael struggled with finding new sponsors due to anger, inconsistency, and mistakes.
7 Chevrolet: Scott Speed
Scott Speed is an auto racing driver who currently competes in Red Bull GRC for Andretti Autosport. He previously competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and Formula One. He also competed in the Summer X Games, where he won three gold medals in rallycross races from 2013-15.
Let's not forget that Speed was without a car for most of the 2011 season, but got back on his feet in the No. 95 Ford for Leavine Family Racing in 2012. Despite getting a top-10 finish for LFR, he was released by the team in 2013. Ouch!
6 Ford: Christian Fittipaldi
Christian Fittipaldi is a Brazilian auto racing driver who has competed in NASCAR, Formula One, and ChampCar. He's the son of former Grand Prix driver and owner, Wilson Fittipaldi, and the nephew of two-time Formula One champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Emerson Fittipaldi.
Anyway, Christian hasn't accumulated any wins, top-10s or poles, which is really sad.
His best finish was 44th place in 2003 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
That being said, most, if not all, Formula One drivers who try their hand at NASCAR tend to not do an excellent job on the track. I'm not sure why this happens, but it often happens.
5 Chevrolet: Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler.
Elliott currently competes full-time in the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He's one of 27 drivers who have had at least one win in each of NASCAR's top three series. Statistically, he's doing well for himself. But he has been outdriven by his rookie teammates on a number of occasions.
Elliott most recently lost to a 22-year-old Tyler Reddick in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., by a margin of 0.0004 seconds in February 2018. Losing to someone a little over 20 years younger than you must've sucked big time.
4 Ford: Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon is the son of off-road racer Baja Bob Gordon. So that meant that Robby followed in his father's footsteps and got his start in auto racing as an off-road racer himself.
Robby has raced in NASCAR, IndyCar, ChampCar, Trans-Am, IMSA, IROC, and Dakar Rally. He has competed in the Nos. 28, 7, 19 and 13 Fords for various teams in NASCAR. He was a three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and a one-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner. He wasn't that bad, but his scrums with other drivers affected his career on the track and the controversies continued to change the image of his initial reputation as a breakout driver who had a big heart.
3 Chevrolet: Morgan Shepherd
Yes, Morgan Shepherd still races in NASCAR, despite being 76 years old.
Shepherd races part-time in the No. 89 Chevrolet Camaro for Shepherd Racing Ventures in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has been racing in NASCAR for 50 years. His career began in 1967 when he began racing late model cars at the Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C.
Shepherd's career was in full effect, but personal issues and mechanical problems derailed his future success.
He won a total of 19 races, but those victories didn't come easy. He also made the top-10s numerous times and notched 13 poles. But, right now, he's way past his prime and should step away from his Chevy in the near future.
2 Ford: Jimmy Spencer
Jimmy Spencer is the son of the late Ed Spencer Sr., also known as "Fast Eddie," who made a single start in the 1953 NASCAR Grand National Series race, where he finished in a 153rd place.
Jimmy was known by his nickname "Mr. Excitement" in his NASCAR days. Today, he's a "Grandpa" whose first grandson, Hudson, turned one in November 2017. The deaths of his father and sister had a profound impact on his life and racing simply just wasn't important to him as it once was.
Jimmy has pursued a career in sports journalism as a host of Speed's What's The Deal? and a co-host of Speed's NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. He wasn't that bad of a driver, but he caused a lot of fans to wonder "what happened to Mr. Excitement?"
1 Chevrolet: Sterling Marlin
Sterling Marlin is the son of the late Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, who spent 14 years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and finished 20th in the 1975 Winston Cup series.
Sterling may have won 12 races in a Ford car, but his career took a tumble when he failed to qualify for the 1998 Primestar 500 and then cracked his neck vertebrae.
He announced his retirement in March 2010 and later revealed to Yahoo! Sports that he had been diagnosed with Parkinsonism, a clinical syndrome that's characterized by tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability.
Despite his health-related setbacks, Sterling continues to race in the Pro Late Model Division at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. It's great to hear that he still races for leisure, which proves that he's still in decent health right now.