Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"I've been fortunate enough to win this award now six times, and I can tell you it never gets old." said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I've said it many times before that this award is special because it's the voice of the fans."
"I put the most popular driver, the Bill France Award of Excellence and my championship trophies; I put them all up together," echoed Darrell Waltrip. "It’s the fan’s voice. They are the ones that say, ‘We like this guy, we like what he does,’ and they vote for you. That means a lot to any of us."
"Anytime you win a 'Most Popular' award it's great. It is something that you really don’t work for, but rather it just happens," said the seven-time champion Richard Petty. "The Chex® Most Popular Driver Award makes the driver feel good because you’re not out there to be the most popular driver; you’re out there to win races. You win it at the end of the season, and it’s like a big bonus."