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Chase Elliott wins Most Popular Driver for second consecutive season
Dawsonville native finishes second in points standings
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Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has once again been voted one of NASCAR's most popular drivers.

During an award's ceremony Monday night, the 19-year-old was named the Xfinity Series most popular driver, an award that's voted on by the sport's legion of fans.

Shouting out to his more than 175,000 Twitter followers, he thanked all who voted for him.

"Thank y'all for the support all season long and [the] award tonight, means a lot to me," he said.

Elliott had to settle for runner-up in the NASCAR Xfinity championship standings for 2015 after finishing eighth in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chris Buescher, who went into the race 18 points ahead of the defending series champ, claimed his first Xfinity championship with a 15-point lead.

Ty Dillion, Regan Smith and Rookie of the Year Daniel Suarez rounded out the top-five in the championship standings.

"I think first off congratulations to Chris and everything those guys did. They just outran us fair and square. There's no reason to be upset about that," the 19-year-old driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet.

Kyle Larson led six times for a race-high 118 laps en route to his third career Xfinity victory of the season, followed by Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney.

Elliott finished his sophomore season with a total of 27 top-10s, besting his championship 2014 season total of 26.

"As I said before, our season had its ups and downs. We were fortunate to get to victory lane once. Obviously wish we could have got there more," he said.

The only thing to do now, Elliott said, is to take what he learned and move forward.

"This sport, and as it evolves, the only thing that matters is being able to go and win races," he said. "We definitely didn't do that enough this season. I know I need to do a better job on my part to try and give us more opportunities moving forward."

As for the future, it was announced earlier this year that Elliott will take over the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 for retiring four-time champ Jeff Gordon, who ran his final race on Sunday and was one four contending for the Sprint Cup championship.

"It's been an honor to watch that guy growing up and to be able to see that race tonight in person," Elliott wrote on his Twitter feed after the race.

Gordon finished sixth behind, while eventual champion Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick fought for the victory and championship.

"I'm looking forward to the offseason and I'm looking forward to next season, but there's a lot I need to do in the offseason to get prepared the best I can," Elliott said. "I know it's not going to get any easier."