By admin | December 28, 2010
By Richard Allen
NASCAR 2010 had a number of memorable moments to occur throughout the course of the season. Here is a partial list of the happenings I remember from this past year. This listing is in no particular order.
Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski- Perhaps no single event in the 2010 NASCAR season had the WOW! factor that came from the feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. The crash in Atlanta which sent Kieslowski’s #12 Dodge sailing through the air and slamming into the catch fence is sure to be one of the events to make just about every year in review highlight reel. That spring fling was followed by another incident in a Nationwide Series race in St. Louis which also ended in a bad way for Keselowski as he was turned head-on into the wall and eventually struck by other cars racing to the finish line.
Brad Keselowski vs. Kyle Busch- Again, a Keselowski feud provided a memorable moment. This one, unlike the Edwards incidents, may have been more for comic relief than anything else. After the two had tangled the night before in a Nationwide Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Keselowski stirred the crowd into a frenzy when he announced that, “Kyle Busch is an ass!” over the track’s PA system during driver introductions.
Jeff Gordon vs. Jeff Burton- Jeff Gordon was known to have a fiery temper and seek out a confrontation or two during his early Sprint Cup career, but he has seemingly mellowed a little in recent years. Jeff Burton has often been referred to as ‘The Mayor’ of the Sprint Cup garage for his leadership style and level headed statesmanship. If a poll had been taken prior to the fall race in Texas as to what two drivers would be most likely to get into a fist fight, these two veterans would have not been counted among the favorites. However, after an incident in which Gordon felt as though Burton had wrecked him intentionally under caution, the four-time champion walked much of the length of the back stretch and wasted little time laying into his rival, who showed more than a little willingness to fight back. This will be another of those events to make many highlight reels in those year in review sports shows.
Jimmie Johnson wins his fifth consecutive title- This one speaks for itself. Over the past couple of years I have been asked numerous times by friends and co-workers who I thought would win the Sprint Cup championship. My answer has always been and will continue to be, “Why pick anyone other than Jimmie Johnson until someone proves capable of beating him?”
The pothole- NASCAR’s premier event is the Daytona 500. Unfortunately, in 2010 the race was halted twice for a pothole that emerged, or rather sank, in turn 2 of the track. The delays left TV and radio crews grasping for things to talk about, most of which consisted of excuses and fixes for the broken asphalt. As a matter of fact, there was so much discussion of the #pothole that it appeared as a trending topic on the social networking site twitter.
The pothole made such an impact that the repaving of the Daytona International Speedway was moved up by a year or so. This year’s Daytona 500 will be contested on fresh pavement for the first time since 1979.
McMurray scores big wins but gets no Chase invitation- If a driver were asked before the season what his goals were coming into a new year most would include in that list winning the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. McMurray did both of those things in 2010, along with a victory in Charlotte later in the fall.
Unfortunately, McMurray was unable to parlay those victories into a Chase for the Championship invite as he failed to make the top-12 by the cutoff, thus failing to even have a shot at the series’ title.
In the end, the question has to be asked whether McMurray or the three Chase drivers who failed to win a single race had the better season.
That’s only a partial list. Check back soon for the second batch of memorable happenings from 2010 including Junior’s failings, Johnson pit crew getting dumped, Bowyer’s penalty, Mrs. Harvick’s fire suit, the Hendrick post-season shakeup and more.
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