TOP STORY NO. 8: TONY STEWART HAS A WHOPPER OF A SEASON

Tony Stewart threw down some whoppers this year, literally and figuratively. Not only was Stewart involved in the single best promotion of the year - the Burger King lie detector and promotional school campaign - but he also stunned the NASCAR world with his work on the track. As a result, Whopper Man is the No. 8 story of 2009. What happened?Stewart left the stability of Joe Gibbs Racing and a Home Depot sponsorship to become a driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing. Before Stewart arrived, Haa ...

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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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TOP STORY NO. 12: NASCAR HALL OF FAME

Every sport has its Mount Rushmore. Every sport has a place to show off its greatest, except NASCAR. That reality is changing by the day, and then some, through the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which announced its first class in October. What happened?NASCAR unveiled its first Hall of Fame Class. Only five men would make the first cut; so, we knew the list would be legendary. Still, it strikes a little bit of awe to type Dale Earnhardt, Bill France, Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty i ...

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TOP STORY NO. 13: DAVID POOLE’S DEATH

Baseball has Peter Gammons. Football has Peter King. NASCAR had David Poole, until April 28, 2009.  WHAT HAPPENED?A heart attack took the life of Poole, who spent 13 years covering the sport for the Charlotte Observer. Poole also hosted a radio show on Sirius/XM. While there are dozens of writers who pull double duty, few if any earn comments like this one from an athlete as accomplished as Jimmie Johnson. Per Lars Anderson at SI.com:"David was the one writer who I felt I had to actual ...

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