It would serve as little shock that there is an unmistakable correlation between Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s lengthy winless streak (now standing at 96 races) and NASCAR's struggles with attendance and television ratings.
After all, when one of the sport's biggest fan bases can't find the success they crave from their favorite driver, folks tend to lose interest.
While things are looking up for the sport, with fresh faces atop the Nationwide and Camping World Truck standings, and Trevor Bayne's Daytona 500 upset, now appears to be a great time to evaluate the 20 biggest fan bases in NASCAR today, as Driver 88 moves ever closer to ending his winless drought.
Note: Not all of these drivers are Sprint Cup regulars. Those who are Nationwide-only on this list are based on the passionate fan bases they could bring into the the sport.