Tomas Tales: Junior wins! Gordon in the Top Three Most Popular!

Canadian Motor Speedway congratulates track designer Jeff Gordon, who finished in the top three in fan voting for NASCAR’s most popular driver for 2013.
Jeff finished 3rd behind Hendrick Motorsports team mates Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Junior.  Junior was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver for the 11th season on a row to break a tie with 16-time winner Bill Elliott for the most consecutive years winning the award.
Earnhardt, who was presented with the NASCAR NMPA Most Popular Driver Award at the annual Myers Brothers luncheon, part of Champions week in Las Vegas remarked, “I don’t really keep track of the stats or the score, but Bill was a great driver and ambassador for the sport.  He represents the sport really well to this day, as does his son Chase, who’s coming up and carrying on the family name.  But, I’ve always looked up to Bill as a driver so it’s pretty neat.”
Earnhardt’s run has required renovations at JR Motorsports, where his trophies are kept. Two trophy cases have either had to be rebuilt or installed to hold his first 10 trophies.
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, and although fans could only vote once per day, Earnhardt still collected more than 700 thousand votes!
“It humbles me deeply to know that you have so many fans in your corner each race weekend,” Earnhardt said.   “There are a lot of motivating factors in life that drive our race team to be the best we can but none impact us more than the support of our race fans that they’ve shown over the years. We thank you for your devotion to NASCAR and we look forward to giving you a lot to be excited about in 2014.”
4th in the voting went to Tony Stewart. Danica Patrick was 5th.