Monday, November 23, 2009

Most Popular Drivers Announced for Nationwide and CWTS

Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kyle Busch shared the spotlight today at a combined NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Johnny Sauter claimed the Raybestos Rookie of the Year honor for the truck series. Ricky Carmichael, who had to come from the back of the pack after going to a backup following a qualifying spin, was unveiled as the Most Popular Driver for the NCWTS after the fan vote was

The Nationwide series Raybestos Rookie of the Year was Justin Allgaier, while Brad Keselowski took the Most Popular Driver vote.

Fans will get the chance to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet will air, December 4 from 7-9 p.m. ET on SPEED.

Click here to see who was in attendance.

Here's a final chance to have your voice heard...Who were your choices for Most Popular Driver in each series?


  1. I was very surprised to find out Carmichael was the MPD in the truck series. I never would have thought he'd be the one to get it. Colin Braun is my favorite truck driver and I voted for him in hopes he'd get MPD before moving up to the Nationwide series. As for the Nationwide series, I figured either Kyle or Carl would get it. I was hoping a Nationwide series only driver would get it though. My pick was Allgaier.

  2. Really Carmichael is the MPD in the truck series? That's a shocker. It makes me wonder if his success in other racing isn't why he got the nod. I just don't see him being popular among the NASCAR crowd.

    As for Keselowski this one doesn't shock me at all. I wonder if he still would have won had he not driven for Jr. Motorsports. Let's face it a large portion of his fan base is comprised of the Jr Nation.

    I the truck series I would have gone for Matt Crafton in the truck series. In the Nationwide Series my vote went to Kyle though if I had to chose a non cup driver I would have went with Allgaier also.

  3. I think a reason Carmichael might have gotten MPD is because he drove for Harvick, but I am probably wrong about that. haha. Like you said, Katy, it probably had something to do with his success in other forms of racing.

  4. Hey Katy, we'll see how popular he is next year when he's driving a Dodge and has NO connection at all to Junior lol.

    And Whitney, I was kind of wondering the same thing about the Harvick connection. Then again when Matt Crafton drove for him, no one really seemed to know who the heck he was :-)