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Will popularity alone define Dale Jr.?

Updated: November 29, 2012, 9:00 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. chuckled at his table during Thursday's Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon as Matt Kenseth jokingly referred onstage to the long speech he'd written for being named NASCAR's most popular driver.

"I'm sorry I wasn't witty enough to have a comeback for him," Earnhardt said after winning the award for the 10th straight year.

But one day somebody other than Earnhardt will be on the stage accepting the award voted on by fans.

It ...

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