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NASCAR Driver of the Year vote: 6th

You voted Dale Earnhardt Jr. into 6th place in Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012:
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Birthdate: October 10, 1974
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew chief: Steve Letarte
2012 starts: 34
Poles: 1
Wins: 1
Top 5: 10
Top 10: 20
Annual earnings: $5,165,260
Championship points: 2245
Championship position: 12th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 10th

The runaway favourite star of the American motorsports fans, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has also moved up in the estimation of Crash.net voters since 2011 - and deservedly so. After several fallow years, he finally seemed back on song this year: he collected his first pole position for the first time in 60 races by starting from the front at Richmond, and broke the sixth-longest stretch between wins in Cup series history by finding his way back to victory lane after a four year hiatus.

He also led the points standings for two weeks this season - the first time since September 2004 - and easily made the Chase. Unfortunately, a diagnosis of concussion sidelined him for a crucial and decisive two weeks in the post-season play-offs and meant that he was unable to feature in the title battle after all, but it was still a significantly stronger season overall for NASCAR's most popular driver.

Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
5. Mark Martin
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Marcos Ambrose
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Greg Biffle


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. taking questions from the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 11 regarding missing two races after suffering a concussion at Talladega last weekend. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, is flanked by Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Steve Letarte as he speaks to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. Earnhardt will miss two races after suffering a concussion from an accident in Talladega last week. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Photo credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/Diet Mtn. Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Regan Smith, driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, is interviewed on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, speaks to the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. Earnhardt has been cleared to race after taking two races off while suffering symptoms from a concussion in Talladega. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Hendrick Motorsports` Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, finishes in sixth place and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Wix Chevrolet SS, finishes in fifth place and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finishes in seventh place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, leads the field in a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, has an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) and David Ragan (Joe Gibbs Racing) spin out during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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johnnie lacey - Unregistered

May 24, 2013 11:58 PM

i think dale jr should win driver of the year , cause he is the best ,very pleasant and cares about his fans,when my daddy died he sent me a post card and signed it, that meant alot to me .

johnnie lacey - Unregistered

May 24, 2013 11:57 PM

i think dale jr should win driver of the year , cause he is the best ,very pleasant and cares about his fans,when my daddy died he sent me a post card and signed it, that meant alot to me .



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