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Earnhardt wins most popular driver award for fifth straight year

Updated: November 30, 2007, 3:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Despite a year of personal upheaval and on-track failures, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains as popular as ever.

Junior was selected the most popular driver for the fifth straight year, drawing more than 1.5 million of the over 3.8 million votes cast online. The award comes after he decided to leave the NASCAR team founded by his late father to join powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports with a new sponsor and a new car number.

"After the year I had statistically and off the ...

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