NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award

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NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award is awarded to the most popular 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 (12).[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 Richard Petty
1963 Fred Lorenzen
1964 Richard Petty
1965 Fred Lorenzen
1966 Darel Dieringer
1967 Cale Yarborough
1968 Richard Petty
1969 Bobby Isaac
1970–1973 Bobby Allison
1974–1978 Richard Petty
1979 David Pearson
1980-1983 Bobby Allison
1984–1988 Bill Elliott
1989–1990 Darrell Waltrip
1991–2000 Bill Elliott
2001 Dale Earnhardt (posthumously)
2002 Bill Elliott
2003–2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

List of Xfinity Series recipients[edit]

1982 Jack Ingram
1983–84 Sam Ard
1985 Jimmy Hensley
1986 Brett Bodine
1987 Jimmy Hensley
1988 Larry Pearson
1989 Rob Moroso
1990 Bobby Labonte
1991 Kenny Wallace
1992–1993 Joe Nemechek
1994 Kenny Wallace
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.
2006 Kenny Wallace
2007 Carl Edwards
2008–10 Brad Keselowski
2011 Elliott Sadler
2012 Danica Patrick
2013 Regan Smith
2014 Chase Elliott

List of Camping World Truck Series recipients[edit]

1995 Butch Miller
1996 Jimmy Hensley
1997 Ron Hornaday Jr.
1998 Stacy Compton
1999 Dennis Setzer
2000 Greg Biffle
2001 Joe Ruttman
2002 David Starr
2003 Brendan Gaughan
2004 Steve Park
2005 Ron Hornaday Jr.
2006–2008 Johnny Benson Jr.
2009 Ricky Carmichael
2010 Narain Karthikeyan
2011 Austin Dillon
2012 Nelson Piquet Jr.
2013 Ty Dillon
2014 Ryan Blaney

List of Mexico Toyota Series recipients[edit]

2009–11 Jorge Arteaga
2012–13 Pepe Montaño
2014 Rodrigo Marbán


  1. ^ "DALE JR. WINS SPRINT NMPA MOST POPULAR DRIVER AWARD". NASCAR. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 

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