Being from Alabama I wish there were more Nascar drivers from Alabama. I think the talent is there but the lack of a big short-track program is holding young talented drivers back. Plus Nascar has become to expensive for someone to work their way up in the ranks with no money. These million dollar sponsors only want drivers who won previous championships. They don't want to sponsor a rookie.
Back in the day Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer set up shop in Hueytown, Alabama. Alabama was on the map competing against Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, etc. Ever since Clifford, Davey, and Neil Bonnet the Alabama Gang has not been the same. Perhaps Donnie Allison's Grand-Son Justin Allison will some day revive the Alabama Gang. He's only 16 so it will be a couple more years.
The Alabama Gang has many years before a driver from Alabama joins the ranks of the Sprint Series. But the Earnhardt fanbase is a step closer. Jeffrey Earnhardt the grandson of Dale Earnhardt and son of Kerry Earnhardt will race limited Nationwide Series races to get ready for a full time schedule in 2010.