NASCAR Most Popular Driver voting opens Sunday

DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 05: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Valvoline Chevrolet, left, signs his autograph for young fans at an autgraph session prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 05:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Valvoline Chevrolet, left, signs his autograph for young fans at an autgraph session prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 05: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Valvoline Chevrolet, left, signs his autograph for young fans at an autgraph session prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

The NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver, an award that is the only major NASCAR award determined solely by fan vote will begin taking votes Sunday. The voting period opens at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday and runs through 11:59 p.m.  ET on Sunday, November 22. Fans can visit www.mostpopulardriver.com  to vote for this year’s award.  Votes can also be made via the NASCAR Mobile application.

A total of 19 drivers have won the award since it began in 1953. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott has won the award more than any other driver has, 16 times, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won it the last 12 years in a row and is the favorite for his 13th award this year.  Lee Petty won the award the first two years, his son ,200-race winner, Richard Petty was the most popular driver nine times.MORE>>>

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