Elliott Sadler awarded ‘Most Popular Driver’ in NASCAR Xfinity Series
Elliott Sadler was announced Tuesday as the NMPA Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the second straight year.
Sadler, who was also the top vote-getter in 2011 and 2016, becomes only the third XFINITY Series driver to win the award three times. Brad Keselowski (2008-10) and Kenny Wallace (1991, 1994, 2006) are the other three-time recipients.
The award for Sadler, 42, is the latest in a six-year run by drivers for JR Motorsports. Other JRM winners of the XFINITY Series’ Most Popular Driver Award: Chase Elliott (2014-15), Regan Smith (2013), Danica Patrick (2012) and Keselowski (2008-09).
“It’s unreal to be voted the NXS Most Popular Driver for a second year in a row,” Sadler said in a news story posted to JRM’s web site.
“To win this award given by the fans is truly an honor. I’m so grateful for each and every fan who took time out of their day to vote — it’s humbling. I can’t thank NASCAR and my fans enough for honoring me with this award once again. This is incredible. I want to thank everyone who voted, my wife, Amanda, and our kids, and all of our sport’s loyal fan base,” He concluded.
Sadler finished second in the XFINITY Series standings for the second consecutive year. The Virginia native took eighth place in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, five spots behind JRM teammate and series champ William Byron.
The NMPA Most Popular Driver Award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled to be announced Thursday at the NASCAR Champion’s Week Awards.
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