Dale Earnhardt Jr. won another fan-voted NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association Most Popular Driver award this season.
Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott with his 10th consecutive award, which was presented on Thursday during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon at The Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, Nev. Elliott is still the all-time leader with 16 overall.
Fans voted from February until September, then the top 10 drivers with the most votes were cut down to 10 for the final 10 weeks of voting. After more than 934,000 votes were cast this season, Earnhardt Jr. proved once again to be the fans' favorite.
Completing the voting, in order, were Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt Jr. has now won the award since 2003, and with Elliott and Richard Petty, is one of the only drivers to receive it at least five consecutive times.
"It was an honor to hear that I won this year and am now tied with Bill for 10 in a row," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I've enjoyed this award because it's a testament to my fans. I appreciate their loyalty and dedication. It was great to get back in Victory Lane this year for my team and for my fans. I'm looking forward to a successful 2013, and am proud to accept this award on behalf of all the fans that voted."