NASCAR celebrated its 50th anniversary by recognizing the sport's "50 Greatest Drivers" at a gala fete at the Daytona 500. Not many people ever figured that NASCAR would be a force in the American sports scene as it has become. NASCAR did succeed, and not only did they succeed but they thrived. An independent panel selected this group of 50 top drivers of all time. Once the honorees were identified, this limited edition lithograph, of which only 250 exist, was produced by Press Pass. During pre-race festivities at the '98 Daytona 500, the 34 then-living drivers signed the lithograph.
This piece has 35 clean and incredible signatures, clear and scripted in black ink below the head-shot of the respective driver. The signatures include Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Rusty Wallace, Glen Wood, Bobby Allison, Jerry Cook, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd, Lee Petty, Jack Ingram, Buck Baker, Ernie Irvan, Buddy Baker, Geoff Bodine, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Herb Thomas, Terry Labonte, Fred Lorenzen, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Red Farmer, Hershel McGriff, Rex White, Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Glen Wood, Marvin Panch, Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant, Benny Parsons, David Pearson and then NASCAR President Bill France Jr.
The 25- x 39-inch print is embossed with "SPONSOR" in the lower right corner. At center is a 50th Anniversary Shield subscripted by "50 Greatest Drivers." This is a classic tribute to the sport and the drivers.
Tim Flock - March 31, 1998 (Only 6 weeks after he signed these at the Daytona 500)
Lee Petty - April 5, 2000
Herb Thomas - August 9, 2000
Dale Earnhardt - February 18, 2001
Buck Baker - April 14, 2002
Benny Parsons - January 16, 2007
Bill France Jr. - June 4, 2007
Cotton Owens - June 7, 2012
Buddy Baker - August 10, 2015
Marvin Panch - December 31, 2015