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Sprint to sponsor NMPA Most Popular Driver Award

July 05, 2014, Official NMPA news release, NASCAR.com

Sprint to sponsor NMPA Most Popular Driver Award
NASCAR premier series partner, media bring vote to the fans

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The National Motorsports Press Association is pleased to announce that the 2014 NMPA Most Popular Driver Award program will be sponsored by Sprint.

The Most Popular Driver Award is the only major NMPA award to be determined solely by fan vote.

Voting opened at 8 a.m. ET today. Fans can visit www.sprint.com/speed to cast their vote for this year's Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Award. Fans can also vote on Miss Sprint Cup's Facebook page.

Official rules can be found at www.mostpopulardriver.com/officialrules.aspx and to learn more about the program's history, visit www.mostpopulardriver.com/awardhistory.aspx.

Voting will end Nov. 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Voting is limited to one vote per person per email address per day. Fans who choose to share their votes through social media sites Facebook or Twitter will have their votes automatically doubled. If shared via both, their vote will be tripled.

Eligible drivers for the award are those who have declared for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and have entered all points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events contested between Jan. 1, 2014 and July 1, 2014.

"On behalf of the NMPA, it is my pleasure to welcome Sprint as a partner for this year's Most Popular Driver Award," said NMPA president Kenny Bruce. "Their involvement in the program has already generated a significant increase in interest in the award and we look forward to working with them as we continue to push this fan-driven program forward.

"I would also like to thank the thousands of fans who continue to participate in the program each year. We appreciate your patience as well as the passion and loyalty you have displayed for your favorite drivers."

The winner of this year's award will be announced during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week activities (Dec. 4-5) in Las Vegas. A $10,000 donation will be made to the winning driver's charity of choice.

The Most Popular Driver Award program is one of the longest-running awards presented each year by the NMPA.

Previous NMPA Most Popular Driver Award recipients:

Year – Recipient

2013 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1983 – Bobby Allison

2012 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1982 – Bobby Allison

2011 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1981 – Bobby Allison

2010 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1980 – David Pearson

2009 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1979 – David Pearson

2008 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1978 – Richard Petty

2007 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1977 – Richard Petty

2006 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1976 – Richard Petty

2005 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1975 – Richard Petty

2004 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1974 – Richard Petty

2003 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.                 1973 – Bobby Allison

2002 – Bill Elliott                              1972 – Bobby Allison

2001 – Dale Earnhardt                     1971 – Bobby Allison

2000 – Bill Elliott                              1970 – Richard Petty

1999 – Bill Elliott                              1969 – Bobby Isaac

1998 – Bill Elliott                              1968 – Richard Petty

1997 – Bill Elliott                              1967 – Cale Yarborough

1996 – Bill Elliott                              1966 – Darel Dieringer

1995 – Bill Elliott                              1965 – Fred Lorenzen

1994 – Bill Elliott                              1964 – Richard Petty

1993 – Bill Elliott                              1963 – Fred Lorenzen

1992 – Bill Elliott                              1962 – Richard Petty

1991 – Bill Elliott                              1961 – Joe Weatherly

1990 – Darrell Waltrip                      1960 – Rex White

1989 – Darrell Waltrip                      1959 – Jack Smith

1988 – Bill Elliott                              1958 – Glen Wood

1987 – Bill Elliott                              1957 – Fireball Roberts

1986 – Bill Elliott                              1956 – Curtis Turner

1985 – Bill Elliott                              1955 – Tim Flock

1984 – Bill Elliott                              1954 – Lee Petty

1956 – Curtis Turner                        1953 – Lee Petty

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