NASCAR community agrees on new most popular driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott (Getty Pictures)

Apart from Joey Logano proclaiming that he’ll turn into NASCAR’s most popular driver in wake of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement, most different drivers consider Chase Elliott will win the 2018 most popular driver award, ending Junior’s streak of 15 consecutive seasons. 

Chase’s father, Corridor of Fame driver Invoice Elliott at present holds the document for the most Cup Collection popular driver awards with sixteen. Might Chase be following in his father’s footsteps with Junior retired from the game?

This is what different drivers needed to say throughout Wednesday’s Daytona 500 media day.

Jimmie Johnson: “Chase Elliott — I feel he’s already gained the 2018 most popular driver award.”

Martin Truex Jr.: “It sounds to me like Chase Elliott is on his method, from what everyone says. I assume there isn’t any telling. We’ll simply have to attend and see.”

Denny Hamlin: “Often you see the most popular drivers are guys like Chase, the place they’re main a legacy that preceded or adopted earlier than them.”

Kevin Harvick: “I actually assume Chase Elliott is our largest tie to our grassroots NASCAR fan. I’ve stated this various occasions, however I really feel like he’s one of many most necessary components in what NASCAR racing does going ahead as a result of his household identify and he has the legacy that’s already been constructed on this sport by his dad and he’s come into this sport with a terrific identify and already confirmed that he’s going to be aggressive. He has these southeast NASCAR ties to these core followers that none of the remainder of us will ever have, and he’s the man.”

Brad Keselowski: “Chase no doubt. I don’t assume that’s even shut. I feel we’ve been seeing that for the previous two or three years and he’s coming into an ideal spot of being able to determine the southern fan base, together with the household namesake fan base. He’s in the appropriate time with the correct identify to type of inherit it in a good way.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: “I feel we’re all beneath the consensus that Chase is gonna take that again over. His dad had it earlier than Dale Jr. ever got here alongside, so I don’t see why that wouldn’t return to him.”

Kurt Busch: “I might say Chase Elliott. The best way his father carried this sport with many, many, many most popular driver awards, that’s the straightforward selection in my thoughts, however it might end up totally different. It might be to the place followers need to see that man dominating and getting these race wins and is that most popular from that style.”