You probably already know the hometown of your favorite driver. Why wouldn’t you? You know everything about them, especially in the age of social media. Looking up a home state is a cakewalk.
But every driver? That’s a lot of information to digest and remember. And where is the highest concentration of NASCAR drivers in the country? Which state boasts the most?
You’d probably expect a southern state – and you’re wrong in assuming such a thing. After all, NASCAR’s roots are in the South, and many of its states indeed possess a high number of drivers. Try four of the top five.
But not the most populous. That distinction goes to what’s also the state with the most people within its borders as a whole: California.
Yes, across all three NASCAR national series – the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series – the state out west is the best in the business right now, at a whopping 20 drivers. Of those, 12 have attempted at least Cup race in 2015, a number that includes Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger.
The next best is rather easy to guess. It’s North Carolina, NASCAR’s home base of operations. In all, 14 drivers who have attempted a NASCAR national series race in 2015 claim their hometown there, a chunk of them the offspring of former competitors – think John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Blaney, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Cody Ware.
From there, Georgia, Virginia and Florida are populous states when it comes to NASCAR drivers.
On the other hand? Idaho only boasts one (Brian Scott), as does Oklahoma (Tanner Berryhill), West Virginia (Cale Conley), Maine (Austin Theriault), New Jersey (Martin Truex Jr.) and Oregon (Mike Bliss).
And finally, Montana, South and North Dakota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., boast no drivers in 2015.
What’s the full rundown? See below – and keep checking back throughout the year; let’s add drivers as they crop up, just in case the data changes.
Darrell Wallace Jr.
Ron Hornaday Jr.
Ray Black, Jr.
Scott Lagasse Jr.
John Wes Townley
Jeff Gordon (via California)
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Charles Buchanan Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Hornish Jr.
Carlos Contreras (Mexico)
Enrique Contreras (Mexico)
Mario Gosselin (Canada)
Cameron Hayley (Canada)
Daniel Suarez (Mexico)
Derek White (Canada)
About the author
Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.