FENWICK: The Best (And Worst) Of 2010


With the racing season all but over, we thought we’d sit down and hand out a few of our personal awards from the 2010 racing season. We hope you enjoy it.

LISTEN HERE, BOYS: A police officer goes to have a word with Junior Miller (69) and Jason Myers after an on-track altercation between the two rivals at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., in June. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

Funniest Moment — Jason Myers, Junior Miller and a police officer at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bowman Gray Stadium is known as the Madhouse for a reason. When Jason Myers got sent for a spin by Junior Miller during a modified event there June 12, things naturally got interesting. Myers retaliated by ramming Miller on the backstretch. The pair then pulled alongside each other under caution and began exchanging words, only for a police officer to calmly walk over to the cars and send both drivers on their way.

Most Disappointing Crowd — USAC Mopar National Midget Series at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway

The unfortunate truth is fans simply don’t like open-wheel racing in North Carolina. So when USAC brought its National Midget Series to Hickory, we wondered what kind of fan turnout there would be. It turned out there were more people in the pits than there were in the stands for this two-day event in March.

Feel Good Moment Of The Year — Return of racing to North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway

In September racing returned to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the first time since 1996, and the fans came out in droves to see it. Chase Elliott drove his No. 9 Ford late model around Jody Lavender late in the event to score the historic victory, not to mention a loud applause from the impressive crowd.

Worst Race (TIE) — CRA Super Series late models at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway AND Sunoco LMS National Tour at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway

We couldn’t decide which race would get this award, so we gave it to both. The CRA event at Hickory was a snoozefest, with Ryan Blaney wiring a 150-lap event May 23. The Sunoco LMS National Tour race was also a bore. With only eight cars in the starting field for a 100-lap event May 14, Chase Elliott dominated the race aboard his Ford Mustang.

Most Impressive Move — Jeff Agnew during USARacing Pro Cup Series event at Concord (N.C.) Speedway

Jeff Agnew, looking to put an end to a long dry spell, made an impressive three-wide move exiting the turn three at Concord Speedway to pull alongside Caleb Holman and Clay Rogers as they battled for the lead. Agnew dispatched Holman first, then slid by Rogers two laps later to secure the triumph.

Most Disastrous Race/Event — North-South Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Speedway

The drivers in the SK modified, tour-type modified and CRA Super Series late-model races did everything they could to destroy Concord Speedway in early November. One SK modified tried to leave the track on the backstretch, a tour-type modified destroyed a series of water barrels and a flipping late model in the CRA event bent the frontstretch gate under the flag stand in half.