#2 Steve Park
Whenever someone talks about Steve Park, they always have to mention the story about how he was tapped by Dale Earnhardt senior himself to drive a Xfinity Series car for him in 1996. With that being said, while Park’s first outing for DEI in the Xfinity Series resulted in a wrecked race car, the next season he would go on to win three races for the organization and finished third in points.
Park was poised to the same the next season in The Cup series, but a blown tire during a practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought all of that to a halt. Not only would Park have to sit out a bunch of races as he recovered from a broken leg, collarbone and chipped teeth, his momentum and relevance in the sport was starting to wain as well.
Fortunately for Park, Dale Earnhardt never lost faith in him and the young driver would go on to win his first Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in 2000. He also won a bittersweet race at Rockingham the week after his boss, Dale Earnhardt, died in the last lap of The 2001 Daytona 500, which is the win that Park is mostly known for.
In the end Park is a name that doesn’t really come up much in discussions anymore in The NASCAR world and that’s why it’s hard for most fans to even remember that he won a race in the first place. That’s not to say he wasn’t a talented individual and very capable behind the wheel when he wasn’t injured, it’s just lost as a memory in a sea full of them and that’s why he’s on the list.