Although he finished the year fifth in points, Dale Earnhardt Jr. left no doubt that he is the number one most popular NASCAR driver in the world, after winner the title for the 11th year in a row after receiving more than 700,000 of the 1 million votes cast by fans. The win broke a tie with 16-time title-holder Bill Elliot for the most consecutive awards. Elliot removed himself from consideration in 2002.
"I don't really keep track of the stats or the score, but Bill was a great driver and ambassador for the sport," exclaimed Earnhardt. "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."
What’s even neater is the fact that they are two of only 17 drivers to ever win the award since it was first presented in 1956.have won the most popular driver award since its inception in 1956.
"It humbles me deeply to know that you have so many fans in your corner each race weekend," Earnhardt said during the awards presentation at the annual Myers Brothers lunch. "There are a lot of motivating factors in life that drive our race team to be the best we can but none impact us more than the support of our race fans that they've shown over the years. We thank you for your devotion to NASCAR and we look forward to giving you a lot to be excited about in 2014."
Earnhardt Jr.currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports and drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro for his own team, JR Motorsports, in selected events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series also ended the year with 2 poles, 10 top 5 finishes and 22 top ten finishes. It is also estimated that he has a net worth of $300 million.