Dale Jr. reveals which drivers he'd put on a NASCAR Mount Rushmore

Published May. 8, 2015 1:29 p.m. ET

If NASCAR had its own Mount Rushmore like the historic South Dakota landmark that features the faces of four prominent United States presidents carved in rock, which four drivers would Dale Earnhardt Jr. choose?

NASCAR's most popular driver tackled this intriguing question in a Q&A earlier this summer.

"Richard (Petty) would have to be there," said Earnhardt, a third-generation driver whose late father won 76 Sprint Cup races and joined Petty in capturing a record-tying seven titles. "It would be so tough. I would probably walk out of here and think of four more, but the guys that stand out to me are Richard and my father (and) David Pearson."

Earnhardt was even more torn on who the last driver should be.

"The fourth is a toss-up between guys like (Cale) Yarborough and Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, obviously," he said. "Jeff Gordon, Jimmie (Johnson) has got to be in that conversation. He could even probably be the third guy. My mind goes back to the '70s and stuff.

"I would imagine definitely Jimmie would be on there. But the fourth could just be about a handful of guys. You would get a different opinion from probably everybody in the room, maybe."


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