Elliott Withdraws From Driver Poll

At a press conference Wednesday, Bill Elliott announced that he is removing his name from the ballot for the 2003 season. Fans have voted Elliott the Most Popular Driver more times than any other driver. Last year, he edged out Dale Earnhardt Jr. to mark his 16th victory.

"I want to announce formally that I'm gracefully retiring my name from most popular driver," said Elliott. "The fans have been fantastic, but I feel like I've been in the spotlight enough, and it's time for me to step back and see what's going on around me. I kind of wanted to do it last year, but things didn't work out. Being the way things turned around, the fans have been great. I don't know if I could ever repay those folks for the dedication they've given me. I'm going to sit back and see what the new names come up to be."

Online voting for this year's Grands! Biscuits NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award officially opens tomorrow with the launch of www.mostpopulardriver.com.

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