Most NASCAR fans have one or two favorite drivers.
However, rooting exclusively for just a couple of drivers can lead to a lot of disappointing weekends, since even the Jimmie Johnsons and Tony Stewarts of the world have their slumps from time to time. It's important to be able to celebrate the success of other drivers without sacrificing your primary allegiances of fanhood.
This isn't to say that you should be happy for any driver who visits Victory Lane. To be a true fan, you need to have an Enemy Number One to root against week-in and week-out. But you can't root against everyone, and it's healthy to feel good about seeing a variety of drivers experience success.
With that in mind, here are five drivers I would like to see win in 2012. There are good reasons why NASCAR fans of most persuasions would feel good about seeing these guys in Victory Lane.
I suppose there are fans out there who wouldn't like to see these guys win, and, to make things interesting, I've included possible reasons to root against these drivers as well.