Earnhardt wins 11th Most Popular Driver award

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is named NASCAR's most popualr driver -- again.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has set a record with his 11th consecutive win as NASCAR's most popular driver.

Earnhardt was presented with the NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday in Las Vegas. His win broke a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott for the most consecutive years as winner.

Earnhardt thanked his loyal fan base, which continuously votes him tops in the Sprint Cup Series. More than 1 million votes were cast for 39 drivers. Fans voted once per day with Earnhardt collecting more than 700,000 votes.

Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt's teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, finished second and third in voting. Fourth went to Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick was fifth.

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