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.