Chase Elliott capped off his third year in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series by winning the National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver award Nov. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev.
It is the first time that Elliott has won the award in NASCAR’s premiere series after having won the award back-to-back (2014 and 2015) when he drove in the Xfinity Series.
The award was presented by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who, before retiring from active racing at the end of the 2017 season, had won the award 15 years in a row. Prior to Earnhardt Jr., Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott, held the award for a record-setting 16 years.
The award comes on the back of a break-out season for 23-year-old Elliott as he recorded the first win of his career at Watkin’s Glen and raced his way into the Chase for the Cup playoffs round of 8 picking up two more wins along the way at Dover International Speedway and Kansas Speedway to finish the season sixth overall.
Elliot drives the No. 9 car for Hendricks Motorsports and was the only member of the team to post a victory in the 2018 campaign.