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Fans Vote Dale Jr. as 2013 Most Popular Driver

By Mike Davis, JR Motorsports | Article Published 12/5/2013
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LAS VEGAS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named NASCAR’s 2013 Most Popular Driver today at the Myers Bros. Awards Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas. It marks the 11th consecutive year Earnhardt Jr. has received the award, which is determined by fans through a voting system on MostPopularDriver.com.

“I want to thank NASCAR for carrying on the tradition of the Most Popular Driver Award,” Earnhardt Jr. said . “It’s a great honor. It humbles me to know I have so many loyal fans in my corner each week. There are a lot of motivating factors that drive our race team to be the best we can, but none impacts us more than the support our fans have shown over the years.”

By winning Most Popular Driver this year, Earnhardt Jr. now holds the longest consecutive streak in the award’s history (11 in a row, 2003-2013). He was previously tied with Bill Elliott, who still holds the most overall MPD awards at 16. Earnhardt Jr.’s 11 is second all-time.

“I know I have fans that vote every single day,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “They pour their heart and soul into this award, and I thank them. I’m also happy for them, because I know they wear this 11-in-a-row streak with pride. I do, too.”

Standings
After Brickyard 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 717 0
2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 693 -24
3 -- Brad Keselowski 666 -51
4 -- Matt Kenseth 661 -56
5 -- Jimmie Johnson 628 -89
6 +2 Kyle Busch 609 -108
7 -- Ryan Newman 606 -111
8 -2 Carl Edwards 603 -114
9 -- Joey Logano 591 -126
10 -- Clint Bowyer 577 -140
11 +1 Denny Hamlin 572 -145
12 +1 Kevin Harvick 565 -152
Full Standings