DARLINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 6, 2020) – Voting for the 2020 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Most Popular Driver Award presented by Hooters officially opens today, Sept. 6, at 12 noon ET.
Fans can cast a vote for a single driver once daily at www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver or on the NASCAR Mobile app. Votes shared by fans on Facebook and/or Twitter count double.
To be eligible, drivers must have declared for NASCAR Cup Series points and must have attempted to start all Championship Events of the current season unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR to be eligible.
Voting closes for the NMPA Most Popular Driver at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, the day after the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 event at Phoenix Raceway, with the announcement of the winner to be announced in the weeks following the vote closure.
The award was first presented to Curtis Turner in 1949 at the completion of the inaugural season in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series. It has been administered by the NMPA and presented annually by the organization since 1983 and remains the only major NASCAR award determined solely by fan vote.
All told, 20 different drivers have received the award since the program’s inception. NMPA Hall of Fame and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott won the award a record 16 times (1984-1988, 1991-2000 and 2002). Dale Earnhardt Jr., elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year as part of the Class of 2021, was named NMPA Most Popular 15 times from 2003 through 2017.
Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports, Bill Elliott’s son, has continued the family tradition, winning the Award in 2018 and 2019.
“Just an honor, really, and just a big thank you to everybody who voted,” Elliott said after accepting the honor at last December’s NASCAR Cup Series Awards in Nashville. “Obviously, it took a lot of votes to make it happen and everybody that took time to do that, I do really appreciate it.
“It’s more than a trophy or a sticker or an award, really and truly. So I just really enjoyed this past season and just seeing all the people that were at the race track that wanted to see us do good. And you can genuinely feel that, and that goes a long way. So I appreciate it, and hopefully try to make everybody proud next year, too.”