Who Is the Most Popular NASCAR Driver in Maryland?

Who Is the Most Popular NASCAR Driver in Maryland?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The dawn of the second month of the year means that another season of NASCAR racing is about to commence, with the sport’s biggest race of the year taking place a stone’s throw from the Atlantic in Northeast Florida in less than two weeks.

In the Old Line State, the 40-plus cars and drivers that will compete in the 2024 Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 present ample opportunities for Maryland sports betting.

A new NASCAR season got us to wondering: Who are the most popular NASCAR drivers in different parts of the country? In Maryland, there clear choice is Kyle Busch.

BetMaryland.com – your source for Maryland betting apps - utilized Google Trends by searching “NASCAR” over the past 12 months (Feb. 7, 2023 – Feb. 7, 2024) to find the most- searched NASCAR driver in every state. Any full-time or part-time NASCAR Cup Series driver was included. 

Maryland Backs Busch

Kyle Busch topped the charts in these six states:

  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Texas
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Two Drivers Tie for First Nationally

Of the drivers who make up the sport’s top stock car circuit, only Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson were picked more often than Busch on a statewide basis, with each claiming eight states. Bubba Wallace was the next closest to Busch, with five.

Rounding out the list are Jimmie Johnson (four states), recently retired Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Preece (all three).

BetMGM Maryland has a tie atop its leader board in odds for the Daytona 500. All at +1100 are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Chrus Buescher. Busch is listed at +1600.

Having a Maryland sports betting promo code handy is a good move if you choose to bet on the Daytona 500 or any other sport. 

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Most Popular NASCAR Driver By State

DriverNo. of States
Kyle Larson8
Chase Elliott8
Kyle Busch7
Bubba Wallace5
Jimmie Johnson4
Kevin Harvick3
Martin Truex Jr.3
Ryan Preece3


Christopher Boan writes for BetMaryland.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.2021-08-02

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