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Ranking the Most Popular Drivers of All Time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series

Right off the bat, let's be honest here: This is a very subjective list. But in the wake of Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently winning his 12th consecutive Most Popular Driver award, as voted on by NASCAR fans, what a great time to explore a ranking of the most popular drivers of all time in NASCAR's premier series. The official annual award, for the record, has been around since 1956, when it was first won by Curtis Turner. Both Turner and his close friend and notorious partner in much mischief away from the track, Joe Weatherly, received heavy consideration for this list and barely missed making it. Although Weatherly also won the official award in 1961, both drivers' careers were cut short—Turner because he got suspended by NASCAR in the ...

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