NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award

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NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award is awarded to the fans' favorite NASCAR driver in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series every year since 1956. It started as a poll of the drivers and then all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors. Today it is voted for by fans across the United States.

The award is presented by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Sponsored by Hamburger Helper in 2010, it was also sponsored by Wheaties in 2011. The ceremony presenting the award is called the Myers Brothers Awards Breakfast, and it is held in Las Vegas, Nevada in December of each year.

The winner of the most awards is Bill Elliott with 16 in the Sprint Cup Series. Kenny Wallace and Brad Keselowski are tied at 3 for the most awards in the Nationwide Series, and Johnny Benson, Jr. has the most awards at 3 in the Camping World Truck Series.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads the active Sprint Cup drivers with the most awards as well as tying the longest active streak (11).[1]

List of Sprint Cup Series recipients[edit]

1956 Curtis Turner
1957 Fireball Roberts
1958 Jack Smith
1959 Glen Wood
1960 Rex White
1961 Joe Weatherly
1962, 1964, 1968, 1974–1978 Richard Petty
1963, 1965 Fred Lorenzen
1966 Darel Dieringer
1967 Cale Yarborough
1969 Bobby Isaac
1970–1973, 1980–1983 Bobby Allison
1979 David Pearson
1984–1988, 1991–2000, 2002 Bill Elliott
1989–1990 Darrell Waltrip
2001 Dale Earnhardt
2003–2013 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

List of Nationwide Series recipients[edit]

1982 Jack Ingram
1983–84 Sam Ard
1985, 1987 Jimmy Hensley
1986 Brett Bodine
1988 Larry Pearson
1989 Rob Moroso
1990 Bobby Labonte
1991, 1994, 2006 Kenny Wallace
1992–1993 Joe Nemechek
1995 Chad Little
1996 David Green
1997 Mike McLaughlin
1998 Buckshot Jones
1999 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2000 Ron Hornaday, Jr.
2001 Kevin Harvick
2002 Greg Biffle
2003 Scott Riggs
2004–2005 Martin Truex, Jr.
2007 Carl Edwards
2008–10 Brad Keselowski
2011 Elliott Sadler
2012 Danica Patrick
2013 Regan Smith

List of Camping World Truck Series recipients[edit]

1995 Butch Miller
1996 Jimmy Hensley
1997, 2005 Ron Hornaday, Jr.
1998 Stacy Compton
1999 Dennis Setzer
2000 Greg Biffle
2001 Joe Ruttman
2002 David Starr
2003 Brendan Gaughan
2004 Steve Park
2006–2008 Johnny Benson, Jr.
2009 Ricky Carmichael
2010 Narain Karthikeyan
2011 Austin Dillon
2012 Nelson Piquet, Jr.
2013 Ty Dillon

List of Mexico Toyota Series recipients[edit]

2009–11 Jorge Arteaga
2012–13 Pepe Montaño

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bromberg, Nick (December 5, 2013). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Most Popular Driver for the 11th consecutive time". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 

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