Dale Earnhardt Jr. has proven popular with race fans of all ages.
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Voting for the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Sprint Most Popular Driver award is set to open at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday. The award is the only major NASCAR award determined entirely by fan votes.
The voting period will last from this Sunday until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 22, with fans being able to cast their votes on www.mostpopulardriver.com and the NASCAR mobile app. Fans can cast one vote per person per email address per day, and are encouraged to share their votes on social media.
The NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver award has been in existence since 1953, with Lee Petty winning the award in the first two seasons. A total of 19 drivers have earned the award since its inception.
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NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott has won the award a record 16 times, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. has forged an impressive streak of his own by winning it for the last 12 years.
"The Most Popular Driver award is one of the NMPA’s most significant awards, and I’m very pleased to partner with Sprint again this year," said NMPA president Brian Nelson. "We expect the 2015 vote to be one of the biggest yet."
The award winner will be announced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas. The winning driver will have a $10,000 donation made to the charity of his or her choice.
Previous winners of the NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver Award: