With NASCAR's awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 6 (stop by for the live blog!), here's a look at 10 from '08 -- 10 of the NASCAR season's best moments.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing was graced with one of the most beautiful weekends Central Indiana could offer with mild temperatures and crystal clear skies during the final weekend of July.
The sanctioning body, and its tire supplier (who's problems earlier in the season caught a little bit of Smoke, if you will) Goodyear, though, managed to turn one of the most-consistently awesome Brickyard race weekends in to a total mess.
As I'm sure none of you will soon forget, the July's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard -- also known as the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- was marred by a complete failure of the tire compound brought for one of the season's crown jewel events.
Indy was one of three races that yours truly had the chance to cover first hand, and following the final Saturday practice while standing behind Kurt Busch's No. 2 car, I noticed something I had never seen before. Black powder, or rather granulated rubber, was sticking to the rear quarter-panels and trunk cover after less than a handful of laps turned around the 2.5-mile oval.
That powder, it turns out, was a direct foresight into what NASCAR fans were about to experience the next day.