In news that should not be a shock to any NASCAR fan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was once again voted most-popular driver by the fans. It's Junior's fifth consecutive most-popular award. He received 1.5 million of the total 3.8 million votes cast online, despite finishing 16th in the final Nextel Cup standings and not winning a race.
“After the year I had statistically and off the race track, that was not the response I was expecting from my fans,” Earnhardt said after accepting the award in New York on Thursday.
Jeff Gordon finished second in the voting, followed by Michael Waltrip.
-- Michele Vincze