Voting for the 2012 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) NASCAR Most Popular Driver award is now underway. The 10-week playoff format will return, with the top 10, based on votes received, competing for top accolades at season's end.
Fans can visit www.MostPopularDriver.com and vote once a day
for their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. Voting for the full field of
drivers will end on Sept. 8 at 11:59 PM ET. The 10 drivers with the most votes
will be announced as finalists, and the vote count will reset to zero.
Fans will then have 10 race weeks to cast their votes once a day to
determine the 2012 NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver from the final field of 10
drivers. Voting will conclude Nov. 18 at 11:59 PM ET. The winner will be
announced at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon in December.
Earnhardt Jr. notched his ninth consecutive NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver
Award last season. Only Earnhardt Jr. and Bill Elliott have won the award nine
consecutive times since the award's inception in 1953.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Daytona International Speedway plans to make long-term repairs to the area of Turn 3 where Juan Pablo Montoya struck a jet-dryer during the Daytona 500 and ignited a large fire that delayed the race for more than two hours.
Lane Construction, which handled Daytona's recent repaving project of the entire track, will remove the affected area of Turn 3 and repave it. The project will be completed in time for the July NASCAR race weekend.
“Once this work is complete, we expect no further issues related to the jet dryer crash,” said track president Joie Chitwood III.