NASCAR fans are selective and loyal with the drivers they pick as their favorite. Once their racing hero is designated, little can assuage them from their support.
The driver may fall into a driving slump or change teams but the die hard fan remains true. They await the next win for their driver and continue to buy their memorabilia and sport attire to show their loyalty.
An odd thing happens though when NASCAR fans face any group of drivers or even just one up close and personal.
Suddenly the drivers who have given their all on a race track at high speeds in close quarters become a bit larger than life.
The fan will wait in long lines for hours, fight to get a camera shot, and drag all forms of memorabilia around in an effort to get it autographed.
For the fan it doesn't matter if it is not the driver they usually support although that would be nirvana.The fan's quest for contact with stock car drivers has been around since the early days of NASCAR.
In those days it was much easier when safety was not so important. Tracks were not grand and glorious venues and drivers were accessible.
Back in the day drivers were just like everyone else. They were doing what they loved despite purses that barely covered expenses before owners became savvy with sponsorship.
NASCAR drivers have evolved over the decades from the approachable, friendly, style of the old school to the highly protected drivers surrounded by handlers that we see today.
Throughout the years certain drivers were considered more fan friendly whether it be at an autograph session or at the race track.
These drivers were not necessarily the all-time best drivers with the most wins and best records.
Some of the sports most popular drivers will not be included in this list because their popularity required them to stay somewhat distanced from fans at many venues. When these drivers were at places where they could sign autographs, the sheer volume of people prohibited much interaction with the fans.
The list of NASCAR's friendliest drivers is based not only on fan appeal, but the interaction they had with those who sought a picture, autograph, or friendly word.
Let's take a look at 15 drivers who were not only popular but fan friendly as well.