Throughout NASCAR history, the loyalty of race fans has been drawn to drivers with ties to the state of Georgia. From pioneers such as Tim Flock, Raymond Parks and Rex White to Bill Elliott in recent years,  

With the 2014 NASCAR season nearly upon us, there is no shortage of drivers with ties to The Peach State for fans to rally behind.

David Ragan           

"The Giant Killer From Unadilla" and his Front Row Motorsports team come into 2014 following a season in which they scored one of the biggest NASCAR upsets in recent years with last season's win at Talladega.

He is one of multiple former Thursday Thunder drivers to advance to NASCAR's top division.

Reed Sorenson

Another former Thursday Thunder racer, he'll race the full schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 36 for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Joey Logano

Connecticut native whose early racing career was shaped by a prolific Thursday Thunder run of success made the Chase last year at Team Penske and is looking to build upon that this season.

Chase Elliott

Son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott take the next step in his NASCAR career. He'll drive the No. 9 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Seeing an Elliott in a No. 9 car will undoubtedly excite long-time fans of "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville."

John Wes Townley

Finished 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings in 2013. He moves to Wauters Motorsports this season.

Ryan Sieg

Scheduled to race the full season for RSS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Chris Cockrum

Conyers driver set to race a part-time schedule in 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after running a similar schedule the past two seasons.