In my recent book, 'Celebrating F1 Stock Car Racing's Diamond Jubilee 1954-2014', chapter 4 traces the qualities and characteristics displayed by consistently victorious drivers over the years and identifies the most successful using a points based system.
This is applied to the five Major Stock Car Championships: World, British, European, National Series and the All Season Grading Points and also to the number of Final victories and four other significant Championships: UK Open, Grand National, Trust Fund and BriSCA Supreme.
Since publication of the book I have added World Championship Semi-Final results to the statistical base for the period 1961 to date, allocating points to the first three drivers in each semi-final race. This is reflected in the data below.
The top 20 most successful drivers from 1954 to 2014 are listed and among them are seven current drivers and when this is extended to the top 50, the number of current drivers doubles to fourteen. They are detailed below showing their individual postions in the top 50 together with age (apologies if this is out by a year or so as I don't have access to actual dates of birth!) and number of seasons raced.
CURRENT DRIVERS IN TOP 50 OF MOST SUCCESSFUL
1) 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr (age 42 - 27 seasons)
2) 53 John Lund (age 60 - 38 seasons)
4) 2 Paul Harrison (age 45 - 29 seasons)
13) 97 Murray Harrison (age 49 - 33 seasons)
16) 21 Mark Gilbank (age 40 - 23 seasons)
17) 390 Stu Smith Jnr (age 31 - 12 seasons)
19) 84 Tom Harris (age 25 - 9 seasons)
Jnt 26) 55 Craig Finnikin (age 33 - 14 seasons)
Jnt 26) 4 Dan Johnson (age 24 - 8 seasons)
Jnt 30) 16 Matt Newson (age 28 - 13 seasons)
Jnt 30) 259 Paul Hines (age 33 - 12 seasons)
35) 73 Rob Cowley (age 62 - 36 seasons)
45) 318 Rob Speak (age 42 - 9 seasons)
47) 217 Lee Fairhurst (age 23 - 7 seasons)
For further details on how to obtain a copy of my book, click on the Diamond Jubilee page in the left hand menu and follow the link.