We all know that NASCAR was originally a southern-based sport, and to this day fights that stigma to some extent. Its growth from modest roots into a national phenomenon took about half a century, and in fact some major markets (the northeast and the Pacific Northwest come to mind) remain under-served.
But when NASCAR became the uncontested hottest racing property in America in the 1990s, many of the top development drivers in the country began gravitating towards a career in stock cars. Now, many of the sport's top drivers have northern roots; in fact, half of the top 10 in Sprint Cup points call a state north of the Mason-Dixon line home.
So, who are some of these drivers, and where did they come from?