Fans vote mediocre driver most popular againUPDATE #2
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The video to the right is Dale Earnhardt Jr. receiving his most popular driver of the year award and his comments afterwards.
11/29/07 A reader adds, I just want to start out by saying that I am not a Junior fan. If he doesn't perform next year with Hendrick Motorsports, I hope we quit hearing about Junior every time we watch a race, because it will then be a fact that he is not the superstar his dad was, just a complete wanker. Tim DeCesaro
11/29/07 The final race has been run, and the checkered flag has fallen on the NASCAR racing season; but before it was all over, race fans answered the call to vote for their favorite driver. Not the best driver by a very wide margin, and still riding on his daddy's coattails, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was voted the 2007 NASCAR NMPA Chex Most Popular Driver for the fifth consecutive year and was presented with the award today at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Media Luncheon in New York City.
“I’m extremely honored to win this award again, because it puts me with a very select group of drivers who I have a lot of respect for,” Earnhardt, Jr. commented.
“When I became a Cup driver in 1999, I never would’ve imagined that we’d be talking about five consecutive Most Popular Driver awards. I have a special place at JR Motorsports where I put the MPD trophies, so I’m honored to add another one to the collection. I don’t want it to sound like a cliché, but this award really does mean a lot to me after all we have been through this year,” continued Earnhardt, Jr..
“This year has marked a significant transition in my life and career, and I knew the fans could go either way in supporting my decision or not. It was tough, and I don’t underestimate the fans’ support. It’s been overwhelming, and I really appreciate it.”
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