David Stremme’s season was full of disappointments and low-level performance, and as a result, he was replaced for the upcoming season
Unfortunately for Michael Waltrip, the statistics speaks for themselves as his full-time Sprint Cup career ended with a whimper, not a bang.
On the eve of the 2009 season, a surprise merger between Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Chip Ganassi caught Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 1 team completely by surprise.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle for Scott Speed this year was learning the tracks, the CoT and having to qualify on time each weekend.
For Reed Sorenson, his only top 10 of the 2009 season was the aforementioned ninth in the rain-shortened Daytona 500.
Despite running part-time in 2009, Furniture Row Racing announced Aug. 19 that they will step back up to the full schedule in 2010 with Regan Smith as driver.
You know a driver’s season is rough when their high point of success occurs in the opening race. David Ragan experienced this premature zenith in the Daytona 500, finishing sixth in the No. 6 UPS Ford.
Entering 2009 without a win in three full seasons, David Reutimann broke into the victory column in a rain-shortened 340.5-mile Coca-Cola 600 in May.
Elliott Sadler was just a lap away from being crowned the 2009 Daytona 500 champion.
The Samsung 500 at Texas in April was Paul Menard’s best weekend of the year, qualifying fifth and leading a lap before ending the race 13th.
The real high of Joe Nemechek’s season was earning $2.4 million in purse money for managing to get the car in the show during qualifying then parking it.
While continuing to struggle on ovals, Max Papis had his best runs exactly where you’d expect – on Sprint Cup’s two road courses.