Elliott Sadler, Noah Gragson Win Most Popular Driver Awards

The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Drivers have been named.

Elliott Sadler won the award in the XFINITY Series for the third consecutive time, which was also his retirement season. He announced he’d be stepping away from full-time NASCAR National Series competition following 23 years with 853 races across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. It marks the fifth straight year that a JR Motorsports driver has took home the honor.

“I’m blown away by the support of my fans throughout my career and in the last few months after announcing my decision to step away. To be voted the NXS Most Popular Driver for a third straight year is incredible. Not only that, but to be the winningest with four awards is unreal,” Sadler said. “I’m grateful for each and every fan, for all of their support and daily votes. I’m humbled by this experience and can’t thank my family, friends, fans and NASCAR enough. I love you guys.”

Noah Gragson won the award in the Camping World Truck Series for the first time in his second full-season of competition. The 20-year-old finished second in the year-end standings, and will move up to the XFINITY Series in 2019 with JR Motorsports. It marks the first time a driver from Kyle Busch Motorsports has took home the honor. 

Both Sadler and Gragson will be honored at the NASCAR XFINITY Series / Camping World Truck Series banquet on December 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver will be announced as part of their banquet on Thursday, November 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the award the past 15 years in a row.


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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.