Bill Elliott vs Dale Earnhardt Jr: Who Has Won the Maximum Most Popular Driver Awards in NASCAR History?

Published 12/22/2021, 1:16 PM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his father Bill Elliott pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In modern NASCAR, Chase Elliott is regarded as the most popular driver. This is pretty much a legacy that he inherited from his father, Bill Elliott. Elliott Jr clinched the Most Popular Driver Award for a fourth year in a row in 2021. This adds to the two popular driver awards he won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2014-15, bringing his total tally to six.

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This continues a family tradition from the NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. This is because the 66-year-old has won the Most Popular Driver award a record 16 times, non-consecutively. He leads the great Dale Earnhardt Jr. by the slender margin of one, who clinched the award for 15 straight years from 2013 to 2017.

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“Just super grateful to have a lot of great support across the country,” Chase Elliott said. “It’s been super humbling, honestly. I feel like every year that goes by, we go to a new town or a new place and I’m just. Like Road America this year, I think back to that event and that weekend and all the folks that were there supporting us was unbelievable.”

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What about Chase Elliott, son of Bill Elliott?

In 2020, the #9 Hendrick Motorsports driver took his maiden Cup Series title. Unfortunately, he could not repeat the feat, notching up two wins in the season. On the bright side, he did reach the Championship 4 for a second consecutive season. However, he was powerless to stop his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kyle Larson.

ELKHART LAKE, WI – AUGUST 25: Bill Elliott, driver of the #23 ISM Connect Chevrolet, gets into his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 at Road America on August 24, 2018 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

It is also worth mentioning that Elliott’s Most Popular Driver win kept the trophy with Hendrick Motorsports even longer. To be precise, the team as a whole, has won it for the 14th straight year. The #9 driver insisted that he is proud of being true to himself, as a person and competitor. Now, he will be focused on the 2022 Cup Series season and trying to wrest back the title from Kyle Larson.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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