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LAS VEGAS – For the 15th consecutive year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver.

After the driver accepted the award on Thursday night at the NASCAR Cup Series Awards ceremony, he took some time to thank fans for the honor.

“I never take any of it for granted,” Earnhardt shared. “I never assume that I’m going to win it, but I know how important it is to all you fans and you guys pull it out every year.”

Check out Earnhardt’s special message to all the fans above and watch his acceptance speech for both the Most Popular Driver and Bill France Award of Excellence honors, courtesy of NBC Sports, here.