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NASCAR Driver of the Year vote: Full results

Take a look at the final votes for the top ten NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers - and find out what happened to those who didn't make the cut and languished further down.
That's it - here's your 2013 NASCAR Driver of the Year vote in full, with the final averaged ratings for all 28 drivers:

1. Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) - rated 7.468
2. Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports) - rated 6.838
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports) - rated 6.500
4. Kurt Busch (Furniture Row Racing) - rated 6.265
5. Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing) - rated 6.000
6. Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing) - rated 5.940
7. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) - rated 5.691
8. Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports) - rated 5.543
9. Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) - rated 5.508
10. Martin Truex Jr. (Michael Waltrip Racing) - rated 5.115

11. Mark Martin (Michael Waltrip Racing/Stewart-Haas Racing) - rated 4.983
12. Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing) - rated 4.951
13. Ryan Newman (Stewart-Haas Racing) - rated 4.951
14. Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing) - rated 4.851
15. Joey Logano (Penske Racing) - rated 4.828
16. Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing) - rated 4.809
17. Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing) - rated 4.641
18. Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing) - rated 4.639
19. Marcos Ambrose (Richard Petty Motorsports) - rated 4.548
20. Jamie McMurray (Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing) - rated 4.500

21. Trevor Bayne (Wood Brothers Racing) - rated 4.356
22. Brian Vickers (Michael Waltrip Racing) - rated 4.169
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing) - rated 4.000
24. David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports) - rated 3.967
25. Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports) - rated 3.797
26. AJ Allmendinger (Phoenix Racing/JTG Daugherty Racing) - rated 3.737
27. Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing) - rated 3.483
28. Juan Pablo Montoya (Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing) - rated 2.746

Many thanks for impressive number of ballots cast - we were really delighted by the level of response demontrating just how much interest and enthusiasm the Crash.net community really has for NASCAR racing!

We've already summed up the top ten drivers, so you know that not even winning his sixth Sprint Cup championship was enough to fully win you over to Jimmie Johnson's side in 2013 and instead you've crowned Matt Kenseth as your choice as Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of 2013. And it's a good choice - Kenseth claimed one more win than Johnson over the course of the season, and did so despite finding his feet at a new team while for Johnson it was more a case of business as usual.

Both men finish ahead of fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr., and then - what's this? Can it be? A Busch in the top ten? Two years ago, Kurt Busch claimed the wooden spoon as your least favourite driver but you've endorsed his comeback after being impressed with his efforts to get in the Chase with Furniture Row Racing. And that's not all - you've also put his brother Kyle into the top ten for the first time as well. Could it be that Crash.net readers are finally warming to the bad boy brothers?

Long-time favourite veteran racer Mark Martin is left on the outside of the top ten in his final season of racing, finishing just ahead of Tony Stewart whose spot in the #14 he took over in August after the three-time Cup champion crocked himself in a racing accident. There's no huge ground-swell of sympathy for Stewart though, who you placed in 12th just ahead of his team mate Ryan Newman.

And look where the third Stewart-Haas driver is - Danica Patrick is not in your good books this year and ends up in 27th place out of the 28 drivers offered up for your consideration. We can't say we blame you - she's been rather anonymous this year, but then it's her rookie full-time season at Cup level and there's still time to improve in 2014.

Which is more than can be said for the driver who claims this year's wooden spoon: you're deeply underwhelmed by the efforts of Juan Pablo Montoya this season, and your judgement suggests that you're entirely on the side of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing who have given him the push and opted to replace him with promising 21-year-old Kyle Larson next season. Montoya's heading back to IndyCar racing next season, and it remains to be seen whether that will see him back to winning ways and whether any new success in open wheel racing will win back the hearts of Crash.net readers in 2014's Driver of the Year votes.

Things can change fast in 12 months, after all. This time last year, Brad Keselowski was not only Sprint Cup champion, he was also our choice as Driver of the Year. Look where he is at the end of this season, however - sunk like a stone to 18th place. Ouch. There's clearly no room for any sentimentality in NASCAR, not even when it comes to Crash.net readers' votes!


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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, is interviewed following his third place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS qualified 7th Friday, November 15, 2013 for Sunday`s Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson leads The Chase 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 qualified 21st Friday, November 15, 2013 for Sunday`s Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Earnhardt, Jr. is 5th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Alan Marler for Chevrolet)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #88 National Guard ‘Race To Achieve’ Chevrolet SS qualified eighth Friday, August 30, 2013 for the Advocare 500 Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. Earnhardt, Jr. is 7th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Kurt Busch, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #78 Furniture Row Racing/Sealy Chevrolet SS qualified 2nd Friday, September 6, 2013 for the Federated Auto Parts 400 race. He`ll start on the front row with Chevy teammate Jeff Gordon Saturday at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Busch is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch announces a deal to drive a fourth car for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 during a press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing on August 27, 2013 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Back Row, L-R) Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s American Heritage Chocolate Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s / Cheez-It Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot / Husky Toyota, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet, (Front Row, L-R) Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Scotchgard Ford, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row / Beautyrest Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, anid Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose in the Richard Petty Motorsport garage at Sonoma Raceway on June 20, 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field after a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, places his name in the top twelve on The Chase Grid after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, puts the winner`s sticker on his car in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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