6. Curtis Turner
You can tell a lot about a driver by the titles of his biographies. One book about Turner is “NASCAR’s First Bad Boy.” The headline on an Internet bio of him is “Wood, Whiskey, Women and Winning: Curtis Turner.”
He lived as hard as he drove, and he drove so hard his nickname was “Pops,” because he popped people from behind to get them out of the way. In 1961 he was banned from NASCAR for life for trying to form a union, though that was lifted four years later and he returned to the track.
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