Woman of pressdog® Danica Patrick was named the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Monday night based on online votes cast by fans. Danica received the award during the NASCAR Nationwide Series And Camping World Truck Awards Banquet at Loews Miami Beach.
Early Tuesday @DanicaPatrick tweeted: "Omg! Thank u fans for voting me most popular driver for the 2012 @nascar_nns series! Y'all are the best! U heard me. Y'all."
Danica was widely expected to win the most popular driver award. She won the same honor six of her seven years in IndyCar. Danica's legion of fans is well documented by online search rankings and most popular female athlete surveys. She had 671,082 followers on Twitter as of Tuesday morning. Fellow Woman of pressdog Johanna Long, who drove a limited Nationwide schedule, finished fourth in the online most popular voting.
During the banquet Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Nationwide) and James Buescher (Trucks) were officially proclaimed champions of their respective series. Nelson Piquet Jr. was voted most popular in the truck series.
Danica finished 10th in the 2012 Nationwide standings and plans to move to NASCAR Sprint Cup full time in 2013 with Stewart Hass Racing and will drive a limited number of Nationwide events with a team yet to be named.