Site See With NSSN – Dec. 31, 2009

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    50 BEST: So it’s the end of the year and with no racing to see other than tow trucks racing to pull cars out of the median on I-80, I had some time look at some interesting statistics and decided to come up with my top 50 Knoxville Nationals drivers with the upcoming 50th annual race in 2010. (By Eric Arnold @ http://www.hoseheads.com/hawkeye.html)

    OFF TO THE TRADE SHOW: After a three year stint in Atlantic City, NJ, Motorsports 2010 Race Car and Trade Show presented by VP’s Street Blaze, one of the leading off-season auto racing shows in the country, is returning to its Pennsylvania roots. Now being held for a 25th consecutive year, Motorsports 2010 is set for January 22-24 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. For most of its run the show was held at the nearby Fort Washington Expo Center until that facility was closed in 2006. (By Dino Oberto @ http://www.hoseheads.com/dino.html)

    BAD BOY NEEDED: The night I got home from the 2009 season finale in Homestead, I put my head on the pillow and turned off the light when my BlackBerry buzzed off the bedside table and onto the floor. Granted, it buzzes all night every night so this is nothing especially new, save for the fact that this time it happened to hit the carpet. And that irked me. I flipped the light back on and picked it up to a text message from a buddy of mine, a lifelong Dale Earnhardt fan who professes his appreciation for NASCAR to a different crowd in a different town most every night of the year. (Marty Smith @ http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=smith_marty&id=4750984)

    EARL LEAVE’S BIG FAMILY: When Earl Sadler was considering starting a racing team, he sought advice from legendary owner/driver Junior Johnson. Johnson advised Sadler to run a race team like a business – control costs and make careful, calculated decisions. Sadler thanked Johnson, went out, and threw the advice to the winds. He raced from the heart. He delighted in giving young, green drivers a chance, taking risks on kids no other owner would take. (By Larry Woody @ http://www.racintoday.com/archives/12978)

    GET OUT OF NATIONWIDE CUP: Earlier we ran an item about Nashville’s Baker Curb Racing coming close to making a deal with a Sprint Cup driver to drive their #27 Ford in the Nationwide Series, a ride that was driven in 2009 by Jason Keller. The article mentioned that the last time a non-Cup driver won the Nationwide championship was 2000, when Jeff Green won the drivers title while he was with ppc Racing. Baker Curb co-owner Gary Baker mentioned that a Cup driver is now needed to be competitive in the Nationwide Series. (By Paul Jensen @ http://www.middletnracingscene.com/2009/12/black-flag-get-cup-teams-out-of.html)