Here’s the list of the top 10 NASCAR diecast cars of the 2022 season
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View the top-10 NASCAR die-cast cars of 2022 below.
Lionel is the leading manufacturer of NASCAR die-cast cars. Every December the company puts out a list of the top selling die-casts.
This year, there’s a bit of a surprise leader on the list…
10. Austin Cindric (#2) Daytona 500 Winner
Car: Discount Tire Ford
Race: Daytona 500 Win (February 20, 2022)
Austin Cindric opened the 2022 season winning NASCAR’s biggest race. It was his first Daytona 500 victory, coming in just his second attempt at the event.
Link: Austin Cindric Die-Cast
9. Chase Elliott (#9) Dover Winner
Car: NAPA Chevrolet
Race: Dover Win (May 2, 2022)
Chase Elliott claimed five wins in the 2022 season. The win at Dover Speedway was his first of the season.
8. Chase Elliott (#9) Nashville Win
Car: NAPA Chevrolet
Race: Nashville (June 26, 2022)
After sweeping both Dover races, Elliott returned to victory lane for a 3rd time via Nashville Superspeedway.
7. Chase Elliott (#9) Hooters
Car: Hooters Chevrolet
Hooters is one of the major sponsors for Mr. Fork ‘n Knife.
6. Kyle Larson (#5) HendrickCars.com
Car: HendrickCars.com Chevrolet
Links: Kyle Larson Die-Cast
5. Richard Petty (#43) – 200th Win
Car: STP 1984 Pontiac
Race: Daytona International Speedway – Firecracker 400 – 200th Win (July 4, 1984)
Every once in a while, Lionel will produce retro die-cast cars. This car is Petty drove to his final and 200th victory, setting a series record that still stands today. The win came on July 4th weekend at Daytona International Speedway. U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously attended the race.
Link: Petty Die-Cast
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr (#3) Late Model
Car: Sun Drop Late Model
Race: North Wilkesboro Speedway (August 31, 2022)
Last year, the state of North Carolina used funds from the state budget to help fund development at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway. It also funded a total resurrection of the famed North Wilkesboro Speedway. After several years with no track activity, the gates opened for a CARS Tour event. Dale Earnhardt Jr added his name to the entry list and it was a sold out crowd.
Another interesting note about this die-cast is that the initial mold was not a late model stock car but an Xfinity car. Dale Jr was disappointed with the mold and Lionel elected to fix it, releasing an update using an actual late model mold, opening the door for short track teams from across the country to sell die-casts.
Related: North Wilkesboro Race Results
3. Chase Elliott (#9) NAPA
Car: NAPA Chevrolet
Chase Elliott has dominated the Most-Popular Driver Award in the NASCAR Cup Series. He’s won the award in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and again in 2022. It’s no surprise to see his most-used NAPA scheme toward the top of this list.
Link: Chase Elliott Die-Cast
2. Kurt Busch (#45) Kansas Win
Car: Jordan Brand Toyota
Race: Kansas Win (May 15, 2022)
Kurt Busch drove to victory lane in 2022, claiming his first win with his new team, 23XI Racing. The win came as Busch piloted the Jordan Brand paint scheme. Later in the season, Kurt Busch was sidelined with concussion symptoms following a crash at Pocono Raceway. Months later, he announced his retirement from full-time competition though he remains involved with 23XI Racing.
Link: Kurt Busch Die-Cast
1. Ross Chastain (#1) Wall Ride Car
Car: Moose Fraternity Hail Melon Chevrolet
Race: Martinsville Speedway (October 30, 2022)
In the final playoff elimination race before the championship event, Ross Chastain shocked the racing world. On the final lap of the race at Martinsville Speedway, Ross Chastain grabbed 5th gear for the first time all day and skipped the brake pedal as he entered turn three. He rode the wall at full speed, breaking the track record and passing 5 cars in the process which clinching a hail-mary spot in the championship race.
Link: Ross Chastain Die-Cast