Like other major sports with minor leagues and college athletics, NASCAR has a ladder system to identify the best and brightest drivers through strong competition across its developmental series. To be the best you have to beat the best, and the start of 2012 has provided examples of how well the system works. Numerous NASCAR Sprint Cup stars got their starts in NASCAR developmental series and currently comprise the majority of the top six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings heading to Texas. Greg Biffle, the NSCS points leader, is a former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2000) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (2002) champion. Kevin Harvick, fifth in the standings, is a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion (2001, ‘06) as is second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-‘99) and sixth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. (2004-‘05). … The Sprint Fan Vote is open for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 19. Through the annual Sprint Fan Vote, underway now, fans can cast ballots for their favorite eligible driver. The driver receiving the highest number of votes will earn a spot in the prestigious Sprint All-Star Race field and a shot at the $1 million payday when the event airs live on SPEED, Saturday, May 19, from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Click here to vote.
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