SERIES MOST POPULAR DRIVERS ANNOUNCED
Four Rookies & Two Repeat Winners Among 2015 Honorees
nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for
NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular
Driver Awards, seven drivers earned the ultimate
honor from fans – including four rookie drivers and
a pair of repeat winners.
The Most Popular Driver
Award winners for 2015 are:
• Rico Abreu (St. Helena,
Calif.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Nicole Behar (Spokane, Wash.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• Jason Hathaway (St. Thomas, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire
Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Alon Day (Ashdod, Israel), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified
• Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern
Underscoring the exciting young talent entering NASCAR’s ranks, award
winners Abreu, Behar, Day and Hutchens are all in their first full season of
NASCAR touring series competition, with Hutchens also earning the Sunoco
Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Both Fifield and Marban won the Most Popular Driver Award for their series
last year, with Fifield making history as the first female to win the award
for the tour.
Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Series garnered more votes than any other driver
in 2015, just ahead of NASCAR Next drivers Behar and Abreu. Behar dethroned
2014 Most Popular Driver Brandon McReynolds, while Abreu earned the award in
his first year in stock cars after transitioning from a successful
The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship
runner-up Hathaway edged Alex Tagliani by just 104 votes. It is the second
year in a row in which Tagliani missed out on the top spot by a slim margin.
Last year, he was beaten by JR Fitzpatrick by just 48 votes.
Similarly, Fifield beat Preece for the Whelen Modified Tour award by 110
votes. Hutchens collected more than 40 percent of the Whelen Southern
Modified Tour vote to top tour champion Andy Seuss, a three-time winner of
Day won three of the final four races of the Whelen Euro Series season to
finish as runner-up in the championship standings in his first year in the
The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the
NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 12 in the Charlotte (North Carolina)
Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Jason Christley /
November 24, 2015