2007 NASCAR Fan Awards Winners

    The fans have spoken and the winners for this year's 2007 RacingOne NASCAR Fan Awards are in.

    Biggest Disappointment: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    The fans disagreed with RacingOne's pick of Kasey Kahne and went with our runner-up pick of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Emails were spilt on the disappointment for his season and for him leaving to go to Hendrick. Below are some of the responses.

  • My biggest disappointment was Jr not making the chase and the wicked step-mother not giving Jr 50% of DEI and not selling Jr the No. 8. But 2008 will be a better year now that Jr is with Rick Hendrick. Go Jr. -Twyla Whitesel
  • My biggest disapointment would be RacingOne for even running an article (picking Kasey Kahne) such as this I thought you had more class then to mud sling at our drivers having a run of bad luck and equipment failure not due to their lack of talent. -Barbara Marie Anne
  • This award has to go to Kasey Kahne. To go so far and take a dive, a big disappointment to Kasey and to all his fans. I don’t plan on giving up on him, I just need another new jacket. - Henrietta Hacker
  • My biggest disappointment for the 2007 season was the qualifying. The sport is suffering, because of all the different changes in the rules. The locked in “35” is so unfair. - Marilyn Hindman
  • Joe Gibbs Racing changing to Toyota. - Dick Krueger

    Best Confrontation: Kevin Harvick vs. Juan Pablo Montoya
    The fans agreed with RacingOne and chose the confrontation bewteen Kevin Harvick and Juan Pablo Montoya at Watkins Glen International as the best of the season.

  • I say a tie between Harvick/Montoya and Matt Kenseth/Carl Edwards. For entertainment value, it was Harvick and Montoya because it occurred during the race. -Chris Lawley
  • Harvick and Montoya hands down. That was classic! - John Jacobs
  • For Carl Edwards to even act like he's gonna jump on Matt Kenseth is a disgrace. Matt is so much smaller and Carl should be ashamed. -RacingOne community member DaytonaGary
  • I think this years best confrontation would have to be Robby (Gordon) getting booted out of the lead in the Canada Race. He then showed his TRUE Spirit of Competition by offering Marcus Ambrose a high-quality race car for the next event! -Garry Grandview

    Best TV Announcer: Mike Joy
    The RacingOne readers hands down agreed with our pick of Mike Joy for best TV announcer. Below are a few responses for this category.

  • Mike Joy is an absolute pro. Nice choice. ow, if they could just surround Joy with a few more pros. -RacingOne community member blonde_stranger
  • No argument on Mike Joy. -James Abbey
  • I would have to go with The Speed Crew as a whole with the DW and Crew close behind with FOX. -Tiffanie L. Zimbelman

    Biggest Surprise Driver: Clint Bowyer
    In only his second full season as a NEXTEL Cup regular, Clint Bowyer turned in an impressive year to say the least. Bowyer and his Richard Childress racing Jack Daniel's Chevy team notched their first win, two poles, five top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, establishing themselves as one of the elite teams on NASCAR’s senior circuit.

  • Having watched Clint Bowyer race throughout his career, I'm not surprised at his success. He showed early in his career that he had what it takes to be a standout driver in NASCAR and this year he proved what many of us already knew. -Jack Greicht
  • Clint Bowyer is a great choice as the surprise dirver of the year. We knew he was good but I think even he was a little bit taken back by how quickly he became a solid contender. -Sam Reinse

    Comeback Driver: Bobby Hamilton Jr.
    A mjority of the fans aggreed with RacingOne's pick of Bobby Hamilton Jr. for comeback driver of the year.

  • I was glad to see Bobby Jr. have a good finish in the standings after how his year started. -Jim Mosher
  • Way to go Bobby on a successful return to the Busch Series with Rensi. -Kim Sharpe

    Funniest Moment: The Fan who Asked Matt Kenseth for an Autograph
    The Fans selected the person who jumped onto the track during a red flag at Watkins Glen International to ask Matt Kenseth for an autograph while he was in his race car.

  • I was at Watkins Glen when that guy asked Matt Kenseth for the autograph during the red flag. After we were sure the guy wasn't gonna go hurt him or anything and found out what he was doing, it was really funny. -RacingOne community member Katie48
  • The funniest moment for me this season was Kyle Petty slapping Denny Hamlin's visor down. The caption on the photo should read "Veteran Driver puts Kid in his place". It's a little thing called respect Denny. -RacingOne community member gonwild
  • When Dale Jr. Got out of his car and bowed to the crowd. -Tina Rackard

    Most Embarrassing Moment: Michael Waltrip
    Michael Waltrip's NAPA Camry getting caught using an illegal jet fuel substance in qualifying at the season-opening Daytona 500.

  • It's hard to believe that Michael Wlatrip really wound up getting a free pass after the blatant cheating scandal he and his team were involved in at Daytona. His name and because he is so much a spokesperson for NASCAR helped him get away with what I think would have been a bigger penalty had it been someone else involved. - Larry Mix
  • Michael Waltrip lost about all of the credibility he had with the Daytona jet fuel incident. Then to cry about it afterward and talk about his daughter in the process was just too much. He has DEI to thank for his entire career or else he'd be another winlessbackmarker. -Stephanie George
  • The only other really embarassing moment was the COT violations by DEI and Hendrick. -RacingOne community member DaleJrFreak

    Best Paint Special Scheme: Kasey Kahne's MOPAR car
    Between the votes in the RacingOne poll and numerous emails the fans have selected Kasey Kahne's MOPAR car.

  • I always enjoy when Kasey runs the MOPAR car. It's one of the sharpest paint schemes ever. - Beth Robinson
  • The first race I went to in 2004 I witnessed Kasey dominate the race in the MOPAR paint scheme up until he blew a tire. It's was great to see him finally win one in the car in 2006. -Stephanie Jones
  • My vote is for Dale Earnhardt Jr's Elvis car. The King meets the King of NASCAR. - Jon Thompson

    Owner of the Year: Rick Hendrick
    RacingOne was split between two owners this year: Hendrick and DeLana Harvick. Hendrick had two of the strongest teams in the field and should only be stronger next year with the addition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Harvick juggled the Kevin Harvick Inc. Truck and Busch teams and won the Truck championship. Fans agreed with the Hendrick pick, but not so much with Harvick being mentioned, and also had a few suggestions of their own.

  • Nobody did it better than Rick Hendrick. His organization definitely figured out the COT and he also made a great move by signing Dale Jr. - Tim Bos
  • I'm not so sure about your DeLana pick. She seems more like just a figurehead to me. - Amy Campbell
  • Robby Gordon. When he offered Marcos Ambrose a ride after getting into it with him, I found a new appreciation for him. And boy, he sure is bold celebrating after Montreal like he'd one the race. Gotta love it. - Devontre Gario

    Best Finish: Daytona 500
    Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin's hard-fought race to the finish in this year's Daytona 500 won the RacingOne fan award for best finish. As they were battling to the checkered flag, a multi-car crash unfolded behind them, with Clint Bowyer crossing the finish line on his roof. It didn't get much better than that the rest of the year and fans agreed with RacingOne for the most part.

  • With out a doubt the best finish of the year was the Daytona 500. - Sue Schwab
  • Wow, the Daytona 500. I'd almost forgotten about that. Definitely the best finish of the year. I just wish I had been there. - John Summers
  • Restrictor plate races are flashy but don't seem real to me. Fall Texas. - RacingOne Community Member Sean
  • I think the Pepsi 400 was a better finish since it was not as controversial, plus it was one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history and I didn't even know who won until the replay. - RacingOne Community Member dalejrfanfreak
  • Best finish? How about worst finish? Poor Mark Martin, I was cheering so loudly for him and thought he should have been awarded the win. - Brent Simmonds

    Best Commercial: Michael Waltrip/NAPA
    Michael Waltrip's attempts to poke fun at himself and his career made for some great commercials. RacingOne particularly liked some of the quotes from Waltrip reading 'fan's letters' including; "Thanks for asking, but I'm not pitting during my qualifying lap." Fans had a few more suggestions for best commercial.

  • I have to agree Mikey is the best when it comes to commercials...these were great! I miss his ads with Jr. selling NAPA parts on a home shopping network. My vote for runner-up is Sunoco...taking Tony Stewart to the supermarket. Smoke at his goofiest. - RacingOne Community Member Race Dog
  • I think the best Waltrip commerical ever was with him,Jr,Steve Park and one of their crews all making fun of Waltrip's old Napa commericals behind his back..like the one "I'm at the wrong track", that was hiliarious...I miss that team together!! My favorite now is when Mikey & Reuitmann befriend two kids and tell them a few things about driving and their dad says "how do you know that" and they say a few friends told them and Mikey and David are waving at them behind their Dad's back. So cute! - RacingOne Community Member Longshots Racing
  • No Way not nearly as funny as the Warren Wallace Geico ads. - Cade Smith
  • It has to be the Geico commercials with Loren Wallace (second cousin twice removed). "I didn't say I wouldn't go fishin' with the man" and "The story ends with him in the wall". - Michael Jones
  • Kasey Kahne Vitamin Water yak commercial - Diana Newcomb

    Driver of the Year: Jimmie Johnson
    Jimmie Johnson blazed a trail this year in the Cup Series, winning 10 races, but some readers thought other drivers should win driver of the year.

  • Jeff Gordon. THIRTY top tens. I find that more impressive than ten wins myself (especially considering several of Johnson's wins were last-minute passes at the very end of the race...) - RacingOne Community Member sean
  • Of course Jimmie Johnson was the best driver this year. 10 WINS! Oh yeah, and four straight. He has a handle on the COT and I'm sure will be the one to beat again next year. - Martha Jameson
  • Did everyone forget about Clint Bowyer? He's only in his second year of racing and managed to make the Chase without even winning a race. He seemed to only get stronger under the pressure of the Chase. My money's on him for next year. - Joe Schmitt
  • You have to hand it to Ron Hornaday Jr. He never gave up and brought home a much-deserved championship for KHI. - Kim Manchester
  • Jimmie Johnson's too obvious. The driver of the year was Juan Pablo Montoya. He showed the rookie class how to get things done. - Andre Russell

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