TOP STORY NO. 1: JIMMIE IS THE NEW KING

Jimmie Johnson is the first person in the history of ever to win four straight NASCAR titles. From the “No @#$%, Sherlock” Department, he is our No. 1 story of 2009. What happened?The champ did what champs do. Seven wins. Sixteen finishes in the Top 5. Twenty-four finishes in the Top 10. Johnson improved as the season went on. His team had 1,594 points in the first third of the season, 1,750 in the middle and 1,812 in the final stretch. Johnson was also best when it mattered most. ...

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TOP STORY NO. 7: DALE EARNHARDT JR. GETS CLOBBERED

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reminds me of Mike Tyson. Both have larger-than-life personas. Both have been successful. But Tyson never achieved his full potential (greatest heavyweight not named Ali) and it’s beginning to look like Dale Jr. won’t get there either. That reality is our No. 7 story of 2009. What Happened?Dale Earnhardt Jr. stunk, and he did so with the best equipment out there. In his second season with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. had as many DNFs (five) as top 10s. Cr ...

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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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