Random thought during a red flag in Fontana …
Urban legend once had it that all stock car drivers came from North Carolina. These days, even with the influx of West Coast drivers and international open-wheelers, the Tar Heel State is still well represented at the Sprint Cup level.
An unofficial tally revealed that there are 45 full-time drivers, loosely defined as drivers who intend to run most — if not all — of 36-race schedule. Of those 45, four come from North Carolina, including Red Bull Racing Team’s own driver of the No. 83, Thomasville’s Brian Vickers. He’s joined by fellow North Carolinians Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis), Kyle Petty (Randleman) and Scott Riggs (Bahama).
California, home of No. 84 driver AJ Allmendinger, tops list with seven. The state-by-state breakdown:
1. California: 7
2. North Carolina: 4
3. Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, foreign countries: 3
4. Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Washington: 2
5. Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Texas: 1