States that Produce the Most (& Least) NASCAR Drivers
#1 & 3 Will Shock You!
Here’s our complete list of the states that generate the most (and least) NASCAR drivers. This ranking covers all states in the contiguous U.S.:*
#1. California – 403 Drivers
California comes in as the top NASCAR producer, with just over 400 drivers coming from the Golden State (since NASCAR’s inception). This is kind of ironic since California ranks as the “Second Most Disinterested State in NASCAR.”
Raceway: Racing fans in this state get to enjoy some primo vino when visiting the Sonoma Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson, of El Cajon, CA, was a 7-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, a 2-time Daytona 500 winner, and a 4-time Coca-Cola 600 and Brickyard 400 winner.
Jeff Gordon, of Vallejo, CA, was a 4-time Winston Cup Series Champion, a 3-time Daytona 500 winner, and a 5-time Brickyard 400 winner.
Kevin Harvic, of Bakersfield, CA, was the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion, as well as a 2-time Busch Series winner and a 1-time winner of the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.
#2 North Carolina – 353 Drivers
North Carolina, the state credited as the birthplace of NASCAR, comes in just behind CA as the state producing the most NASCAR drivers. It’s also the state where the first sanctioned NASCAR race occurred on May 18, 1947 (at the North Wilkesboro Speedway).
Number of NASCAR drivers from North Carolina: 353
Raceway: The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to prestigious Coca-Cola 600.
Richard Petty, of Randleman, NC, was a 2-time Grand National Series Champion, a 5-time Winston Cup Series Champion, and a 7-time Daytona 500 winner.
Dale Earnhardt, of Kannapolis, NC, was a 7-time Winston Cup Series Champion, a 4-time winner of the International Race of Champions, and 1-time winner of the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.
Junior Johnson, of Ronda, NC, was the youngest driver to join the circuit at age 16. Named as one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, Johnson won the Daytona 500 in 1960.