Dale Jr. Most Popular for Record 11th Straight
By: MRN Staff on December 5, 2013 | 4:19 P.M. EST
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LAS VEGAS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. now has the record for most consecutive NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver awards when he was honored for the 11th straight time.
The award, given annually since 1956, was presented to Earnhardt on Thursday during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon at The Wynn Las Vegas. The streak breaks Bill Elliott's mark of 10 straight from 1991-2000. Elliott is still the all-time leader with 16 awards overall.
"It humbles me deeply to know that you have so many fans in your corner each race weekend," Earnhardt said in accepting his award. "There are a lot of motivating factors in life that drive our race team to be the best we can, but none impact us more than the support our race fans have shown over the years. Thanks for your devotion to NASCAR and we look forward to giving you a lot to be excited about in 2014."
More than one million votes were tallied for 39 eligible drivers. Earnhardt collected more than 700,000 votes. The final top 10, in order of votes received, were: Earnhardt, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
"We always have such great support from our fans," Earnhardt said. "They always come through every year and this year, we feel like we were giving them a lot to cheer for on the racetrack and paying them back for all the years they've voted for us to win this award."