fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of
series champions as well as a pair of repeat award
winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring
seriesí 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.
The Most Popular Driver Award winners for
Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.),
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville,
N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.),
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City),
NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
Freddy Nordstrom (London),
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.),
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.),
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
First-time award winners from the group include
Rhodes, McReynolds, Marban and Fifield while
Nordstrom and Seuss retained their popular status
from last yearís balloting.
Rhodes, the 2014 champion of the K&N Pro Series
East, garnered the most votes of any driver in 2014,
450 more than Marban of the Mexico Toyota Series.
K&N Pro Series East drivers also received the most
collective votes of any series, 2,133 more than the
Mexico Toyota Series.
The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series
where championship runner-up Fitzpatrick edged Alex
Tagliani by just 48 votes. Fitzpatrick was also the
Most Popular Driver in the seriesí inaugural 2007
McReynolds captured 42-percent of the K&N Pro Series
West vote for the largest individual share of any
series while the largest margin of victory came in
the Mexico Toyota Series where Marban outdistanced
the nearest competition by 1,226 votes.
Fifield, a rookie in 2014, made history as the first
female competitor to take home the Most Popular
Driver Award in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour
Nordstrom and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour
titlist Seuss now have the most career awards among
the 2014 selectees with three apiece. Nordstromís
have come in successive fashion while Seuss
previously won in 2009 and 2013.
The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be
recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series
Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina)
Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.