Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012:6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Birthdate:
October 10, 1974Hometown:
Hendrick MotorsportsCrew chief:
Steve Letarte2012 starts:
12thCrash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position:
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 Martin6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.7. Marcos Ambrose8. Martin Truex Jr.9. Jeff Gordon10. Greg Biffle