Dale Earnhardt Jr: Why He Will Continue To Be NASCAR's Most Popular Driver

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Dale Earnhardt Jr: Why He Will Continue To Be NASCAR's Most Popular Driver
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Most Popular Driver.

Three words in NASCAR that have been associated with one man for the last eight years. One man has the honor of being voted by the fans as "their driver."

There's even a name for his fan following.

That man is Dale Earnhardt Jr, and his fan base has been deemed the "Junior Nation."

From the time he stepped into his father's number to race in the then-Busch Series, everyone knew that the second-generation driver had a big name to uphold. Two Busch Series titles later, that name was honored and kept where everyone hoped it would be, at the top.

After his father's death, he's become the driver the fans constantly cheer for. Whether he leads a lap or is at the back, the fans are there for him.

The question is how long can this run go? Eight years is a long run, and it seems as though it will continue for years. But why, what exactly is causing the NASCAR fans to continue voting Junior the popular driver?

Truthfully, it's not that hard to figure out. Take a look.

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