As NASCAR finishes up its West Coast trip with Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Auto Club Speedway, it’s the perfect time to take a look at some of the best drivers from the Golden State.
With a number of successful drivers on this list, take a look as we rank the top-10 best that hail from California.
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The ‘Dinger scored his first and only Premier Series victory at Watkins Glen in 2014. Along with the win, the driver of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy has also earned 10 top fives and 48 top-10 finishes in 303 total races.
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With three victories, 16 top fives and 39 top-10 results in 396 races at NASCAR’s highest level, Gordon ranks just ahead of Allmendinger.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned his first career Monster Energy Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in August 2016. He’s currently on a streak of four runner-up finishes in five races dating back to the 2016 season finale at Homestead.
If Larson continues on the road he's on, he'll move up on this list in no time.
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Although Gurney never participated in a full-time Premier Series season, he earned five victories, eight top fives and 10 top-10 finishes in just 16 races over 10 years.
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From 1951 through 1955, Rathman participated in 129 Premier Series events, scoring 13 wins, 69 top fives and 79 top-10 finishes.
Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Racing primarily in the Camping World Truck Series throughout his career, Hornaday earned four championships, 51 wins, 158 top fives and 234 top-10 finishes in 360 races entered.
He also dabbled in the XFINITY Series along the way, earning four wins in 184 total races over the course of 15 years.
Hornaday’s final full-time Truck season was in 2013.
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Irvan was one of NASCAR’s biggest names in the early to mid-90s, scoring 15 wins in 313 races in the span of his 13-year Cup career, including the 1991 Daytona 500.
Even more remarkable is how he was able to come back from a serious head injury following a scary crash at Michigan in 1994 to be named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
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Following Dale Earnhardt’s death in 2001, Harvick took over the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy and scored his first career Cup win at Atlanta in just his third race.
Since then, the Bakersfield native has earned one championship (2014), 35 total wins, 154 top fives and 286 top 10s.