Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

In the span of four years, Mississippi’s Ricky Stenhouse has gone from daredevil Dirt Sprint Car racer to NASCAR champion. The reigning Nationwide Series champion will defend his title in 2012, driving the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.

Accolades: 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion; 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.