Voting for the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Sprint Most Popular Driver award is set to open at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday. The award is the only major NASCAR award determined entirely by fan votes.

The voting period will last from this Sunday until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 22, with fans being able to cast their votes on www.mostpopulardriver.com and the NASCAR mobile app. Fans can cast one vote per person per email address per day, and are encouraged to share their votes on social media.

The NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver award has been in existence since 1953, with Lee Petty winning the award in the first two seasons. A total of 19 drivers have earned the award since its inception.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott has won the award a record 16 times, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. has forged an impressive streak of his own by winning it for the last 12 years.

"The Most Popular Driver award is one of the NMPA's most significant awards, and I'm very pleased to partner with Sprint again this year," said NMPA president Brian Nelson. "We expect the 2015 vote to be one of the biggest yet."

The award winner will be announced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas. The winning driver will have a $10,000 donation made to the charity of his or her choice.

Previous winners of the NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver Award:

Year -- Recipient

2014 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2013 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2012 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2011 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2010 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2009 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2007 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2005 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2003 -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

2002 -- Bill Elliott

2001 -- Dale Earnhardt

2000 -- Bill Elliott

1999 -- Bill Elliott

1998 -- Bill Elliott

1997 -- Bill Elliott

1996 -- Bill Elliott

1995 -- Bill Elliott

1994 -- Bill Elliott

1993 -- Bill Elliott

1992 -- Bill Elliott

1991 -- Bill Elliott

1990 -- Darrell Waltrip

1989 -- Darrell Waltrip

1988 -- Bill Elliott

1987 -- Bill Elliott

1986 -- Bill Elliott

1985 -- Bill Elliott

1984 -- Bill Elliott

1983 -- Bobby Allison

1982 -- Bobby Allison

1981 -- Bobby Allison

1980 -- David Pearson

1979 -- David Pearson

1978 -- Richard Petty

1977 -- Richard Petty

1976 -- Richard Petty

1975 -- Richard Petty

1974 -- Richard Petty

1973 -- Bobby Allison

1972 -- Bobby Allison

1971 -- Bobby Allison

1970 -- Richard Petty

1969 -- Bobby Isaac

1968 -- Richard Petty

1967 -- Cale Yarborough

1966 -- Darel Dieringer

1965 -- Fred Lorenzen

1964 -- Richard Petty

1963 -- Fred Lorenzen

1962 -- Richard Petty

1961 -- Joe Weatherly

1960 -- Rex White

1959 -- Jack Smith

1958 -- Glen Wood

1957 -- Fireball Roberts

1956 -- Curtis Turner

1955 -- Tim Flock

1954 -- Lee Petty

1953 -- Lee Petty