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10. (Tie) Alabama & Missouri
AlabamaTop five drivers: 1. Tim Flock 2. Davey Allison 3. Neil Bonnett 4. Hut Stricklin 5. Steve Grissom
Cup titles: 3 (Tim Flock '52 & '55, Red Byron '49)
Current drivers: 0
MissouriTop five drivers: 1. Rusty Wallace 2. Ken Schrader 3. Lloyd Dane 4. Jamie McMurray 5. Kenny Wallace
Cup titles: 1 (Rusty Wallace 1989)
Current drivers: 4 (Jamie McMurray, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace, Kenny Wallace) They tie for opposite reasons. Alabama has history on its side, but no present. Missouri has little history, but four current competitors and a huge future in McMurray. Florida steals most of the Alabama Gang due to the birthplace rule, but Tim Flock sneaks in because he entered the world via Fort Payne, AL, not Georgia where he actually grew up.
9. TexasTop five drivers: 1. Terry Labonte 2. Bobby Labonte 3. A.J. Foyt 4. Johnny Rutherford 5. Bobby Hillin Jr.
Cup titles: 3 (T. Labonte '84, '96, B. Labonte -- 2000)
Current drivers: 3 (The Labontes, Larry Foyt) The Lone Star State doesn't bring a lot of quantity to this fight, but packs a ton of quality into its top three. A.J. squeezed seven wins and ten poles out of only 128 Cup starts. Hillin owns one win, coming at Talladega in 1987.
8. IndianaTop five drivers: 1. Tony Stewart 2. Ryan Newman 3. Charlie Glotzbach 4. Darel Dieringer 5. Larry Frank
Cup titles: 1 (Tony Stewart '02)
Current drivers: 3 (Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Tony Raines) Sorry, Hoosiers, you don't get to claim
7. KentuckyTop five drivers: 1. Darrell Waltrip 2. Michael Waltrip 3. Jeremy Mayfield 4. Tommy Thompson 5. The Green Brothers
Cup titles: 3 (Darrell Waltrip '81, '82, & '85)
Current drivers: 3 (Jeff Green, Jeremy Mayfield, Michael Waltrip) Five of the six guys listed here are from the same hometown Owensboro.
6. FloridaTop five drivers: 1. Bobby Allison 2. Fireball Roberts 3. LeeRoy Yarbrough 4. Marshall Teague 5. Red Farmer
Cup titles: 1 (Bobby Allison '83)
Current drivers: 1 (Joe Nemechek) Florida gets big help from the birthplace rule, shoplifting three members of the Alabama Gang -- the Allisons and Sportsman Division legend Red Farmer.
5. WisconsinTop five drivers: 1. Alan Kulwicki 2. Matt Kenseth 3. Dave Marcis 4. Dick Trickle 5. Jim Sauter
Cup titles: 2 (Alan Kulwicki '92, Matt Kenseth '03)
Current drivers: 4 (Matt Kenseth, Ted Musgrave, Johnny Sauter, Scott Wimmer) Pass the cheese! Big bonus points thanks to a very bright future in the hands of Kenseth, Sauter, and Wimmer. If Trickle's 1,000-plus career short-track wins counted, Wisconsin would be number one.
4. VirginiaTop five drivers: 1. Curtis Turner 2. Joe Weatherly 3. Ricky Rudd 4. Glen Wood 5. Jeff Burton
Cup titles: 2 (Joe Weatherly '62 & '63)
Current drivers: 5 (Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler) Curtis Turner and Ricky Rudd are the greatest NASCAR drivers north of Junior Johnson's house to never win a Cup title.
3. South CarolinaTop five drivers: 1. David Pearson 2. Cale Yarborough 3. Rex White 4. Cotton Owens 5. Johnny Allen
Cup titles: 7 (David Pearson '66, '68, & '69, Cale Yarborough '77, '78, & '79, Rex White '60)
Current drivers: 0 Second only to that other Carolina when it comes to strength shared by its top three drivers. The only reason the Palmetto State isn't ranked higher is because of that big goose egg by "current drivers."
2. CaliforniaTop five drivers: 1.
Cup titles: 4 (Jeff Gordon '95, '98, '99, '01)
Current drivers: 5 (Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears) Panch, Gurney, and Rathmann kicked butt in the '50s and '60s, Irvan kicked it in the '80s and early '90s, Gordon is the most dominant driver of his era, and the future is nailed down for a long time to come.
1. North CarolinaTop five drivers: 1. Richard Petty 2. Dale Earnhardt 3. Junior Johnson 4. Lee Petty 5 (tie). Herb Thomas, Ned Jarrett
Cup titles: 26 (R. Petty 7, Dale Earnhardt 7, Lee Petty '54, '58, & '59, Herb Thomas '51 & '53, Buck Baker '56 & '57, N. Jarrett '61 & '65, Bobby Isaac '70,
Current drivers: 5 (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty, Scott Riggs, Brian Vickers) The King had good reason to brag back in 1997. The North Carolina Gang is second to none in wins, Cups won, and Hall of Famers born. The next ten years looks pretty good as well with Dale Junior behind the wheel. Just imagine if Adam Petty was still around.
Close but DNQ
TennesseeTop five drivers: 1. Sterling Marlin 2. Bobby Hamilton 3. Joe Lee Johnson 4. G.C. Spencer 5. Coo Coo Marlin
Cup titles: 0
Current drivers: 1 (Sterling Marlin)
New York1. Bill Rexford 2. Geoffrey Bodine 3. Steve Park 4. Jim Reed 5 (tie). Jim Hurtubise and Brett Bodine
Cup titles: 1 (Bill Rexford '50)
Current drivers: 0