Now that the 2009 season is over and Jimmie Johnson has won his fourth straight title, it’s time to relive the moments from the 2009 season that kept us awake – the crashes. In no particular order…

The Big One at Talladega

I’m using the multiple replay version of this crash because it illustrates why it belongs on this list. Not only was half of the field involved, but several drivers received some very hard licks.

Matt Kenseth takes a wild ride at Nationwide Talladega race


Mike Skinner crashes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Joe Nemechek flips at Nashville


Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeff Gordon at Watkins Glen

This is, without question, one of the most violent crashes I have ever seen. It is also, reportedly, one of the most expensive. I have no doubt that without the Car of Tomorrow, this wreck would have produced some serious injuries. 

Kyle Busch crash at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Carl Edwards flips at Talladega

Fans still haven’t stopped talking about Bobby Allison tearing down the catch fence in 1987 or when Neil Bonnett did it in 1993. Edwards’ catch fence crash and Ricky Bobby foot race to the checkers are sure to keep folks talking for plenty more years to come.
Joey Logano takes a tumble at Dover


Ryan Newman flips at the fall Talladega race


Mark Martin has yet another reason to hate Talladega