The sounds from Fox's telecast of Sunday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying session for the Daytona 500 were almost unmistakable.
Driving the No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed the provisional pole during his two-lap run. The crowd at Daytona International Speedway erupted in a sea of cheers, as the eight-time Hamburger Helper Most Popular Driver—an award voted on by the fans claimed his first restrictor-plate pole in his 400th start.
There's little doubt that "Junior" is the face of the sport, even if he hasn't won a race since June 2008. All one needs to do is look at his firesuit to know that advertisers realize the same thing.
Here are 20 current drivers—including Dale Jr.—that may or may not have some of the biggest fanbases in NASCAR.