As Chase Elliott makes the cuts, fans inquire Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing Driver into the prestigious NASCAR shortlist

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson didn’t have the season finale they might have imagined. Both drivers exited qualifying at different stages. Now that the votes for the most popular drivers have been accumulated, NASCAR has revealed its top 10 drivers in alphabetical order. The surprising inclusion of Kyle Larson and the omission of Denny Hamlin left fans in disbelief.

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NASCAR posted a tweet sharing the top 10 drivers in the vote and the list included drivers like Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, etc. NASCAR Tweet He saidAnd the Here are the top 10 votes for 2022 @employee Most Popular Driver Award in alphabetical order!

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It would have been strange not to include Hamlin on the list, considering he would have made it to his fourth championship had Ross Chastain not made the wall-riding move at Martinsville this season.

Fans responded by excluding Denny Hamlin, but including Kyle Larson

Fans, of course, weren’t happy that Hamlin didn’t even make it into the top ten. They were even more stunned after learning that drivers like Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell had made the cut, but not Hamlin.

BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Ground Toyota) looks on while running a NASCAR Cup Series Play of Pass Pro Shops night race on September 17, 2022, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

One fan mentioned that society hated Kyle Busch and yet he made it out there. Another asked how Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. pulled it off and not Denny Hamlin.

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Hamlin deserved to get more votes for him. He was a veteran of the sport, being bested numerous times by a rival driver to win the prestigious title. If anyone, Hamlin certainly deserves some attention and respect for all he has brought to the sport. what do you think? Does Hamlin deserve more votes? Let’s know who you voted for and why? Also, if you didn’t vote, would you consider Hamlin or someone else instead? Let us know in the comments.

Shrine Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism and has written for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC and WEC. After motorsports for over a decade, he has become a loyal supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna.

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