Top NASCAR drivers age 40 and over

Some would say there's a youth movement in NASCAR, with drivers like Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon all making names for themselves long before the age of 30. But there are a number of top drivers in NASCAR's top three divisions - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series - who have passed the age of 40 and can still run with the best of them. These 12 drivers have proved that, as Aaliyah once said, "age ain't nothing but a number."

Jeff Gordon - 40 years old and still going strong, four-time champ Gordon recently took over the third spot on the Cup Series all-time win list with 85 wins - and more to come.

Tony Stewart - also 40, Stewart owns multiple race teams, Eldora Speedway, and two Cup Series titles - and still finds time to race anything with wheels, as witnessed by his first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car win this past summer.

Greg Biffle - 41-year-old Biffle is a Truck Series and Nationwide Series champ; he last won in October 2010 in Kansas.

Jeff Burton - Burton, 44, hasn't won since 2008, but still gets under other drivers' skins, like he did with Gordon at Texas in November 2010.

Bobby Labonte - at 47, Labonte - a Cup champ in 2000 and a Nationwide champ in 1991 - is racing the #47 Toyota for JTG Daugherty Racing in the Cup Series; he placed fourth at the Daytona 500 in February 2011.

Mark Martin - will he ever retire? After going part-time in 2007, Martin came back full-time in 2009; in spite of not having a ride once the 2011 season is over, Martin, 52, has stated he's still not ready to hang it up. He's also still active in the Nationwide and Truck Series.

Mike Wallace - the middle son in the Wallace racing clan, Mike, also 52, has raced in all three top NASCAR series over his 20-plus year career. In 2009, he raced against his daughter Chrissy in a Truck Series race, the first time a father and daughter competed against each other in a NASCAR Truck race.

Kenny Wallace - the youngest Wallace brother, Kenny finished second to Labonte in the 1991 Nationwide Series points chase. At 48, Wallace has proven to be a natural in front of the television camera, and will make an easy transition if he ever decides he's not having fun.

Max Papis - Papis, 41, has been equally at home in NASCAR, Champ Car and Formula 1. The native of Italy currently drives for Germain Racing in the Truck Series.

Todd Bodine - Bodine is a two-time Truck Series champ, the most recent coming in 2010 at age 46.

Ron Hornaday Jr. - at age 53, Hornaday shows no signs of slowing down, having just won his 50th Truck Series race on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. Driving for Kevin Harvick Incorporated, Hornaday is the owner of four Truck Series titles.

James Hylton - you can't discuss NASCAR drivers 40 and older without talking about Hylton, who, at age 77 is still attempting to qualify for races; he set the record for oldest participant in one of NASCAR's top three divisions by qualifying for the Nationwide race at Darlington in May 2011 (age 76).

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Updated Friday, Sep 9, 2011