A program used to bring recognition to NASCAR's up-and-coming talent, the NASCAR Next program continues to evolve as it approaches its fourth year.
Originally known as the Next 9 program, NASCAR Next showcases drivers from all across America, as well as Canada and Mexico. According to NASCAR Vice President of Industry Services Jill Gregory,
This program has made great strides in a short time. The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR’s racing series. This program provides a platform to help foster their growth within our sport and introduce these young and talented drivers to NASCAR fans, who will likely be hearing more about them in years to come.
Here's a look at some of the hottest talents from the 2013 NASCAR Next class.