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Two NASCAR drivers nominated for the Best Driver ESPY Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 05: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Toyota, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 5, 2017 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

A pair of NASCAR drivers were nominated for a 2017 ESPY for the Best Driver category. Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. are two of five drivers nominated in the category.

Johnson won his seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship last season, and he won five total races in 2016. He’s added three more wins this year and is seventh in the standings.

Truex won four races last year, and he’s already captured two wins this season. He is currently second in the NASCAR standings, and he has the most playoff points of any driver this year with 21.

The two NASCAR drivers are up against Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1), Ron Capps (NHRA), and Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar).

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Johnson and Truex are arguably the top two drivers in the sport right now. Both are already locked into the playoffs, and they will be among the favorites to win the championship.

The Best Driver ESPY award has been given out since 1993, and Johnson is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most wins with four. Johnson won four straight awards from 2008-2011.

Kyle Busch won the award last year, and Kevin Harvick won the year before Busch.

You can vote for the Best Driver and other ESPY categories here. The ESPYs are July 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

(h/t NASCAR.com)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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