Earnhardt Is Most Popular Driver For 10th Time
LAS VEGAS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was recognized as NASCAR’s NMPA Most Mopular Driver for the 10th consecutive year today during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon at The Encore at Wynn.
The honor ties Earnhardt with Bill Elliott as the only other driver to be presented the award 10 consecutive years. Elliott is still the all-time leader with 16 overall.
After fans voted from February to September, the top 10 drivers that earned the most votes were reset to zero. Drivers Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart were all finalists who fans voted for during the final 10 weeks of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
After more than 934,000 votes were cast this season, Earnhardt Jr. proved once again to be the fans’ favorite.
“It was an honor to hear that I won this year and am now tied with Bill (Elliott) for 10 in a row,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I’ve enjoyed this award because it’s a testament to my fans. I appreciate their loyalty and dedication. It was great to get back in victory lane this year for my team and for my fans. I’m looking forward to a successful 2013, and am proud to accept this award on behalf of all the fans that voted.”