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Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne lead Cup drivers in Twitter followers

Charlotte Motor Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 - qualifying

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 25: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Liftmaster Chevrolet, talks to Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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The landscape of NASCAR has changed dramatically over the last few years, especially with the recent retirements of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth and the pending retirement of Danica Patrick following the Daytona 500.

How do their departures impact the Twitter landscape when it comes announced full-time Cup drivers for 2018 and their number of followers?

A lot, specifically at the top.

Before getting to the list, here’s a few notes:

Here are how many Twitter followers each full-time Cup driver has as of Jan. 2, 2018. We’ll revisit this list in December to see how the drivers rank after the season.

Jimmie Johnson – 2,636,014 (@jimmiejohnson)

Kasey Kahne - 963,189 (@kaseykahne)

Kevin Harvick - 954,433 (@kevinharvick)

Kyle Busch - 899,151 (@kylebusch)

Brad Keselowski - 766,394 (@keselowski)

Denny Hamlin - 763,325 (@dennyhamlin)

Chase Elliott – 733,157 (@chaseelliott)

Clint Bowyer - 626,345 (@ClintBowyer)

Joey Logano - 472,237 (@joeylogano)

Martin Truex Jr. - 423,074 (@MartinTruex_Jr)

Ryan Newman - 367,002 (@RyanJNewman)

Kyle Larson – 349,659 (@kylelarsonracin)

Kurt Busch - 342,699 (@KurtBusch)

Jamie McMurray – 317,209 (@jamiemcmurray)

Trevor Bayne - 272,939 (@TBayne6)

Austin Dillon - 270,967 (@AustinDillon3)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - 227,632 (@StenhouseJr)

AJ Allmendinger - 217,197 (@AJDinger)

Ryan Blaney - 161,730 (@Blaney)

Ty Dillon - 156,602 (@TyDillon)

Darrell Wallace Jr. - 126,473 (@BubbaWallace)

David Ragan - 121,643 (@DavidRagan)

Aric Almirola - 112,423 (@aric_almirola)

Michael McDowell - 88,435 (@Mc_Driver)

Alex Bowman – 58,194 (@AlexBRacing)

Erik Jones - 53,041 (@erik_jones)

Matt DiBenedetto - 49,495 (@MattDRacing)

Daniel Suarez - 41,081 (@Daniel_SuarezG)

Chris Buescher - 38,981 (@Chris_Buescher)

William Byron – 36,169 (@WilliamByron)

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