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Your 2013 NASCAR Driver of the Year: 3rd - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

You voted Dale Earnhardt Jr. into 3rd place in Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 poll!
Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013:
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Birthdate: October 10, 1974
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew chief: Steve Letarte
2013 starts: 36
Poles: 2
Wins: 0
Top 5: 10
Top 10: 22
Annual earnings: $5,903,433
Championship points: 2363
Championship position: 5th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 10th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 6th

Season summary:

Despite being the fans' most popular driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the problem that he's the only driver in the four-man Hendrick Motorsports line-up not to be making regular visits to victory lane - his last win was Michigan in 2012. But what he lacks in wins he makes up for in consistency with 22 top ten finishes in 2013 giving him an average finish of 12.6, meaning that he comfortably made the Chase and went on to finish in fifth place in the standings putting him second only to Jimmie Johnson in the Hendrick line-up. Swings and roundabouts for the 39-year-old, it seems.

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Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:

4. Kurt Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Carl Edwards
7. Kyle Busch
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Martin Truex Jr.


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Jamie McMurray, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #1 Cessna Chevrolet SS finished in 1st place and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #88 Mountain Dew/Xbox One Chevrolet SS finished 2nd Sunday, October 20, 2013 in the Camping World RV Sales 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Earnhardt Jr. is 6th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS took the pole position with a track-record lap of 161.849 mph in 22.243 seconds Friday, September 27, 2013 to lead Sunday`s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Earnhardt Jr. is 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #88 Amp Energy Gold/7-Eleven Chevrolet SS qualified 7th Friday, November 1, 2013 for Sunday`s AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. Earnhardt is 7th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, poses with his team before his last race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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