TOP STORY NO. 8: TONY STEWART TAKES A BITE OUT OF NASCAR

Tony Stewart threw down some whoppers this year, literally and figuratively. Not only was Stewart involved in the single best promotion of the year, but he also stunned the NASCAR world with his work on and off the track. As a result, Whopper Man is our No. 8 story of 2009.  What Happened?Stewart left the stability of Joe Gibbs Racing and Home Depot sponsorsihp to become a driver/owner at Stewart Haas Racing. Before Stewart arrived, Haas was a complete non-factor, even though they h ...

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TOP STORY NO. 10: RETURN OF MARK MARTIN

Everybody loves a good comeback. And boy-oh-boy did Mark Martin get all Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from “Friends") on 2009, enough to merit the No. 10 top story of  the year. What happend?Martin, who is 50 for those wondering, kicked ass. After racing a part-time schedule in 2007 and 2008, Martin signed with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the red-headed stepchild car. Martin turned that stepchild into a Brock Lesnar man-beast. He won five times and had 21 single-digit finishes. Martin ...

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TOP STORY NO. 11: KYLE BUSCH SUCKS, ROCKS

 There are many words that can be used to describe Kyle Busch. Most can’t be published on this site, and we publish all sorts of crazy @#%. But regardless of what you think of Kurt’s little brother, one thing is clear. He generates interest. Enough to be our No. 11 top story of 2009.  What happened?What didn’t happen? In the Nationwide Series, he won the points title, winning nine races during the season. One of those wins was in Nashville, where he took a Les Paul ...

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FIVE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2009

No wins or movies for these two in 2009 Before the start of every season, writers and broadcasters predict who will soar and who will flop. Those of us brave enough to make such statements look like geniuses with some calls and first-time race watchers with others. Looking back at the start of 2009, I saw stronger campaigns ahead for this group. 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Prior to Earnhardt’s 2009 season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure, he was the strongest Hendrick Mot ...

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HOW THE 2009 SEASON WOULD HAVE ENDED USING DIFFERENT POINT SYSTEMS

We all know that Jimmie Johnson won the 2009 championship under the current Chase format. Critics – like me – have made the case that every year the Chase is increasingly devoid of drama. So let’s take a look at some other point systems and see how else the 2009 season could have ended. The Jimmie Johnson Era is not inevitable. One of the scnarios produced a different champion, and some of the races were considerably closer than what we had.1) If we used the Formula 1 system al ...

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