Since 1983, the National Motorsports Press Association has presented the fan voted Most Popular Driver Award. The first award was presented in 1949 to Curtis Turner.
Voting for the 2022 Most Popular Driver begins November 8 and runs through the end of the month at noon. Fans may cast their votes once a day in each series – the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck Series. Fans may cast votes at nascar.com/mostpopulardriver.
In order to be eligible, a driver must have declared for the series and be eligible for the championship contention in that series.
Since the first Most Popular Driver Award was first presented 72 years ago, a total of 20 drivers have earned the award with Bill Elliott leading the list with 16; Dale Earnhardt Jr is second with 15 in a row. Once Junior retired, Chase Elliott took over winning the award and has won the last four in a row. Richard Petty has won the award seven times.
The 20 Most Popular Driver Award winners are:
Dale Earnhardt Jr
This year’s Cup Series drivers eligible for the Most Popular Driver Award:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr