Dale Earnhardt Jr. (pictured) surpassed Bill Elliott for most consecutive awards earned.
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) -
For the record 11th year in a row, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the vote as NASCAR's most popular driver by the fans.
Earnhardt received the 2013 NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award, which is presented by the National Motorsports Press Association, during the annual post-season Myers Brothers Luncheon on Thursday in Las Vegas. He surpassed Bill Elliott for most consecutive awards earned. Elliott continues to hold the overall mark, having been named the most popular driver in NASCAR's premier series 16 times.
"I don't really keep track of the stats or the score, but Bill was a great driver and ambassador for the sport," Earnhardt said. "He represents the sport really well to this day, as does his son, Chase, who's coming up and carrying on the family name. But, I've always looked up to Bill as a driver so it's pretty neat."
The final top-10 drivers 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.