Four best NASCAR drivers in the sport

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Four best NASCAR drivers in the sport

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NASCAR is probably the most competitive sport in the country. Over the years, teams have attempted to make competition even stronger.

This year, NASCAR as a whole, has become more intense. Anyone that watched the Talladega race this past weekend would have seen that. But, there is still a debate on which driver is in fact, the best.

The best driver in NASCAR could even be a Camping World Truck Series driver, but it surely isn't. I can tell you, it is a guy that started out driving for his father's team in NASCAR's lowest tier out of the three national series.

With the season being nearly completed, teams can evaluate their goals for the final six races, preparing for next season. In most cases, teams will be preparing for next season. The teams that aren't doing that are racing for a championship, proving that they belong at the top of the standings come Homestead in November.

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Tony Stewart

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Good ol' smoke. Tony Stewart, the bad boy himself. Stewart and his No. 14 team have struggled through the first four races in the Chase, but they can still rebound. It's unlikely that Stewart will win the championship as he is now 46 points behind the leader, Brad Keselowski, but stranger things have happened, especially in NASCAR. This team has been more inconsistent than most teams over the year, but they are still contending for a title. Even though he's having an off year, Stewart does have three wins and 14 top ten's this season.

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Denny Hamlin

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Someone needs to come up with a nickname for this guy. He's shown extraordinary talent since his Sprint Cup Series rookie season in 2006. Denny Hamlin, is third in points with five wins this season. Hamlin, who hails from Chesterfield, VA, has shown maturity this year, combining that with his talent on the track. Apparently, that sports psychologist he visited last season has give the 31-year old the confidence to do well on the track again. He is back to his winning ways from a few years ago and appears to show he can run in the top ten on a consistent basis as long as his Joe Gibbs Racing team doesn't mess up for once.

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Jeff Gordon

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"Big Daddy" himself is back. Jeff Gordon has been on a role the past few weeks. Besides his terrible finish at Chicagoland to begin the Chase, Gordon has bounced back to gather up two runner-up finishes and a third place at Loudon where he started from the pole. Everyone knows that Gordon should have at least four wins this season, in a perfect world. But, his luck has strung him short of those wins and his patience is tearing into bits and pieces. However, by making the Chase, he did prove that his talent is still there and his Hendrick Motorsports team still believes in the aging veteran.

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Jimmie Johnson

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Good ol' "five time" is still the second best driver in the sport. Jimmie Johnson has bounced back this year after having his worst season since his rookie year in 2011. This year, Johnson has dominated race just like he used to. To that point, Johnson has three wins including a series leading 15 top five's and 20 top ten's after the first 30 of 36 races. Johnson's consistency is the only thing that will stand in the way between himself and the championship trophy.

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Brad Keselowski

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Bad. Bad. Brad. Brad Keselowski is unquestionably the best driver in NASCAR. The Rockchester Hills, MI. native will have one of the greatest stories to tell if he is crowned champion in Homestead after the final lap of the season. Keselowski has five wins this season with only one DNF. Although his No. 2 Penske Racing team has been in the midst of all the drama going on with the rest of the team, they seem to be a lock for the championship. Besides being proficient on the track, Keselowski has done the same off the track with his use of social media to involve fans in his everyday life, becoming a fan-favorite in a short amount of time.