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how i presented the hottest driver award to tony stewart

When it was clear that Tony Stewart was the winner of the first annual Hottest Driver Tournament I was happy. Not because I’m a fan of his, or that I have some “thing” for him, which I don’t. Nope, it was purely for the fact that I knew I would definitely be able to present him with the award. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. had won this thing I doubt I would have had the opportunity to give him the award, let alone do it in person.

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tony stewart wins the 2011 hottest driver tournament

Hottest Driver Tournament Winner Tony StewartIt is my pleasure to announce that Tony Stewart has been voted the Hottest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver of 2011!

Tony beat Matt Kenseth in the finals by a landslide (that’s a slight understatement) with Tony receiving 99% of the votes! I think this proves without a doubt that Tony Stewart fans are just as powerful as JR Nation. You guys are definitely a force to be reckoned with. :)

This turned out to be WAY more fun than I’d anticipated and I cannot wait to do this all again next year. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and I’m going to take your suggestions on voting in to consideration for next year. I hope that if you’re new to The Fast and the Fabulous you’ll stick around and become a regular to this site. I’ve got some really cool things planned for this year and I’d love to share it all with you.

Congratulations to Tony Stewart on winning this prestigious (if I do say so myself, which I do) honor! I’ve got an idea for a “trophy” that I hope to present to Tony. If that goes down I’ll definitely let you know what happens! :)

Thank you to EVERYONE who voted throughout this tournament.

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Six - Finals
2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets (click image to download) - Winner: Tony Stewart

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2011 hottest driver tournament: the finals!

Hottest Driver LogoIt’s time for the FINAL round in the 2011 Hottest Driver Tournament. Who will be voted the Hottest Driver of 2011? Well, it’s down to Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.

Here’s what happened in Round Five:

Tony Stewart (82%) defeated Jamie McMurray (18%)
Matt Kenseth (53%) defeated Martin Truex Jr. (47%)

This updates the brackets, which you can see below (click it to see it larger).

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Six - Finals

So let’s get to it! Here are the match-ups for Round Six – The Finals! You can vote as many times as you want each day until voting ends on Saturday, February 12th.

UPDATE: Voting has ended. Stay tuned for the results.

Tony Stewart Matt Kenseth
Tony Stewart Versus Matt Kenseth

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2011 hottest driver tournament: round five

Hottest Driver LogoHere we are in Round Five of the 2011 Hottest Driver Tournament and we’re down to just four drivers! It was a close one between Elliott Sadler and Martin Truex Jr. but Martin won out by just 36 votes!

Here’s what happened in Round Four:

Jamie McMurray (56%) defeated Clint Bowyer (44%)
Tony Stewart (88%) defeated Ryan Newman (12%)
Martin Truex Jr. (51%) defeated Elliott Sadler (49%)
Matt Kenseth (66%) defeated Regan Smith (34%)

This updates the brackets, which you can see below (click it to see it larger).

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Five

So let’s get to it! Here are the match-ups for Round Five! You can vote as many times as you want each day until voting ends on Saturday, February 5th.

UPDATE: Voting has ended, stay tuned for the Finals!

Jamie McMurray Tony Stewart
Jamie McMurray Versus Tony Stewart
Martin Truex Jr. Matt Kenseth
Martin Truex Jr. Versus Matt Kenseth

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2011 hottest driver tournament: round four

Hottest Driver Logo3,011 votes later we have the winners from Round Three! It wasn’t until I had this experience that I truly felt the power of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s fans, I’m pretty sure they’re part of the reason I saw record numbers of votes each day this past week. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat Ryan Newman. It was really, really, really close–the closest of Round Three; Ryan nipped Dale for the win by just 43 votes. The second closest result was Tony Stewart versus Kasey Kahne. Kasey lost, and now Tony will have to face his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman in Round Four.

Here’s what happened in Round Three:

Jamie McMurray (67%) defeated Joey Logano (33%)
Clint Bowyer (70%) defeated Travis Kvapil (30%)
Ryan Newman (51%) defeated Dale Earnhardt Jr. (49%)
Tony Stewart (58%) defeated Kasey Kahne (42%)
Elliott Sadler (79%) defeated Casey Mears (21%)
Martin Truex Jr. (68%) defeated Paul Menard (32%)
Regan Smith (69%) defeated Denny Hamlin (31%)

This updates the brackets, which you can see below (click it to see it larger).

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Four

So let’s get to it! Here are the match-ups for Round Four! You can vote as many times as you want each day until voting ends on Saturday, January 29th.

ROUND FOUR VOTING HAS ENDED. Stay tuned for Round Five.

Jamie McMurray Clint Bowyer
Jamie McMurray Versus Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman Tony Stewart
Ryan Newman Versus Tony Stewart
Elliott Sadler Martin Truex Jr.
Elliott Sadler Versus Martin Truex Jr.
Matt Kenseth Regan Smith
Matt Kenseth Versus Regan Smith



ROUND FOUR VOTING HAS ENDED. Stay tuned for Round Five.

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2011 hottest driver tournament: round three

Hottest Driver LogoI’m having too much fun with this contest. I was right when I thought things would get much more interesting in Round Two and the results of last week’s voting have set up Round Three to be extra intriguing. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears just barely made it through in the closest match-up results so far. Dale Jr. beat Scott Speed by just 8 votes! I’m really, really surprised that it wasn’t a closer contest between Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.

Here’s what happened in Round Two:

Jamie McMurray (75%) defeated Kyle Busch (25%)
Joey Logano (55%) defeated David Gilliland (45%)
Clint Bowyer (56%) defeated Bobby Labonte (44%)
Travis Kvapil (62%) defeated Kurt Busch (38%)
Kasey Kahne (75%) defeated Carl Edwards (25%)
Casey Mears (51%) defeated Kevin Harvick (49%)
Elliott Sadler (70%) defeated Reed Sorenson (30%)
Jeff Gordon (52%) defeated Marcos Ambrose (48%)
Ryan Newman (83%) defeated Juan Pablo Montoya (17%)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (51%) defeated Scott Speed (49%)
Tony Stewart (86%) defeated Sam Hornish Jr. (14%)
Matt Kenseth (65%) defeated AJ Allmendinger (35%)
Regan Smith (77%) defeated Robby Gordon (23%)
Martin Truex Jr. (88%) defeated Greg Biffle (12%)
Paul Menard (64%) defeated Brad Keselowski (36%)
Denny Hamlin (58%) defeated Mark Martin (42%)

This updates the brackets, which you can see below (click it to see it larger).

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Three

So let’s get to it! Here are the match-ups for Round Three! You can vote as many times as you want each day until voting ends on Saturday, January 22nd.

UPDATE: I’ve extended voting through Sunday, January 23rd until 9am, because of a snafu with the voting form. // Voting for Round Three is over! Check out Round Four!

Jamie McMurray Joey Logano
Jamie McMurray Versus Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer Travis Kvapil
Clint Bowyer Versus Travis Kvapil
Ryan Newman Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ryan Newman Versus Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Tony Stewart Kasey Kahne
Tony Stewart Versus Kasey Kahne
Casey Mears Elliott Sadler
Casey Mears Versus Elliott Sadler
Martin Truex Jr. Jeff Gordon
Martin Truex Jr. Versus Jeff Gordon
Paul Menard Matt Kenseth
Paul Menard Versus Matt Kenseth
Regan Smith Denny Hamlin
Regan Smith Versus Denny Hamlin


Voting for Round Three is over! Check out Round Four!

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2011 hottest driver tournament: round two

Hottest Driver LogoIt’s time for Round Two! But first let’s find out what happened in Round One.

Kyle Busch (68%) defeated Jeff Burton (32%)
Juan Pablo Montoya (62%) defeated Brian Vickers (38%)
Tony Stewart (97%) defeated David Reutimann (3%)
Paul Menard (71%) defeated Jimmie Johnson (29%)
Casey Mears (73%) defeated David Ragan (27%)
Regan Smith (86%) defeated Kevin Conway (14%)

This updates the brackets, which you can see below (click it to see it larger).

2011 Hottest Driver Tournament Brackets - Round Two

And now, I think this is when things are going to get even MORE interesting. Round Two is the largest group, it’ll be fun to see who makes it into Round Three. I was going to let Round Two last for two weeks but I have decided to run it for just a week. Votes poured in for Round One and I can only expect it to get crazier for this one, so I’m trying to contain it. Plus I’m highly impatient and two weeks sound like forever to find out the results.

So let’s get to it! Here are the match-ups for Round Two! You can vote as many times as you want each day until voting ends on Saturday, January 15th.

UPDATE: Round Two voting has ended. Stay tuned for the results and Round Three!

Jamie McMurray Kyle Busch
Jamie McMurray Versus Kyle Busch
David Gilliland Joey Logano
David Gilliland Versus Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer Bobby Labonte
Clint Bowyer Versus Bobby Labonte
Kurt Busch Travis Kvapil
Kurt Busch Versus Travis Kvapil
Ryan Newman Juan Pablo Montoya
Ryan Newman Versus Juan Pablo Montoya
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Scott Speed
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Versus Scott Speed
Sam Hornish Jr. Tony Stewart
Sam Hornish Jr. Versus Tony Stewart
Carl Edwards Kasey Kahne
Carl Edwards Versus Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick Casey Mears
Kevin Harvick Versus Casey Mears
Elliott Sadler Reed Sorenson
Elliott Sadler Versus Reed Sorenson
Greg Biffle Martin Truex Jr.
Greg Biffle Versus Martin Truex Jr.
Jeff Gordon Marcos Ambrose
Jeff Gordon Versus Marcos Ambrose
Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski Versus Paul Menard
AJ Allmendinger Matt Kenseth
AJ Allmendinger Versus Matt Kenseth
Robby Gordon Regan Smith
Robby Gordon Versus Regan Smith
Mark Martin Denny Hamlin
Mark Martin Versus Denny Hamlin


UPDATE: Round Two voting has ended. Stay tuned for the results and Round Three!

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2011 hottest driver tournament: round one

Hottest Driver LogoWho is the hottest, cutest, most-handsome driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? I know who I think is the hottest, most-adorable driver in the series but if I just tell you what I think it’s boring and the fun only lasts for a few hours, or a day, tops. So instead I thought it would be way more fun if everyone voted!

I’ve randomly seeded 38 drivers into a single-elimination tournament. There will be six rounds of action before we crown a winner and each round will last at least one week. The second round will go on for two weeks because there are so many match-ups I want to make sure there’s enough time to get as many votes in as possible. You can vote as many times as you want and I strongly encourage you to do so every day. And as the rounds wind down be on the lookout for the opportunity to win a prize!


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Download a copy of the 2011 Hottest Driver Tournament brackets!

Without further adieu here are the match-ups for Round One! :)

Kyle Busch Jeff Burton
Kyle Busch Versus Jeff Burton
Brian Vickers Juan Pablo Montoya
Brian Vickers Versus Juan Pablo Montoya
David Reutimann Tony Stewart
David Reutimann Versus Tony Stewart
David Ragan Casey Mears
David Ragan Versus Casey Mears
Paul Menard Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard Versus Jimmie Johnson
Kevin Conway Regan Smith
Kevin Conway Versus Regan Smith



Round One Voting Has Ended! Vote in Round Two! CLICK HERE