The official end of 2010 also brings with it an important anniversary for this column. It was at this time one year ago the SI.com Mailbag was born, created off a couple of old e-mails I'd been keeping in the
It was an idea based on building a fan following, the strength of your opinions making or breaking its lifespan. So 12 months later I thank you, the fans, for building this column up when so much in racing has been torn down by declining attendance, TV ratings and criticism of decisions on and off the track.
What began as a trickle of e-mails each week is now a borderline flood. Finding the best opinions among those e-mails once took a couple of minutes; now it takes me hours. It's because of you this idea has not only survived, but thrived, and I appreciate it more than you know.
In honor of the end of 2010, I went back over 100 pages of close, but no cigar e-mails to come up with some of the one-liners, quirkier ideas, crazy talk and general themes that defined the year of racing. This time around, I kept my responses to a minimum while letting you, the fans do the talking. As crazy as some of these e-mails are, that is what this column is all about, right?
We'll return to the normal format after the New Year, so don't stop sending your thoughts and questions to
Until then ...
You know, John and Linda ... I totally don't see what you're talking about.
Good thing you didn't leave your cell phone number, Tucker. There's a couple million fans of this sport who beg to differ.
Here are some more "unique" fan suggestions ...
Here's this year's "crazy" winner ...
Now that's more rational.
Too many e-mails like this one, every week, every race. Hopefully that changes in '11.
Another majority opinion, expressed throughout many months and columns. Just don't expect it to happen... here's some more anger.
Another overwhelming weekly addition to my inbox. Hotels, NASCAR, take note.
And finally ... you can't get away from any "best of" column without mentioning "that guy..."
Note: I don't believe what the fans say, I still think Junior can get the job done. But these kind of e-mails littered my inbox week after week. And finally, the most out of left field e-mail of all...
Now there's a request you don't get every day. It's actually "Eau de Toilette" spray, just so you know, or as I would call it, the stuff you put on so women don't turn and run when coming within 50 feet.
Eddie in Jackson, N.J., has it nailed. Bill Elliott was the last person before Dale Jr. to win the Most Popular Driver Award. It was the 16th and final time Elliott would earn the honor, a NASCAR record, at the conclusion of the 2002 season before the Intimidator's son started the current streak.
Here's a question in honor of the upcoming New Year, the final month of the 2010-11 offseason before stock cars start up all over again at Daytona.
When's the last time a NASCAR Cup race was run in January, anyway?
Red Bull Racing's former stock car prodigy who also Tweeted this week his potential 2011 opportunities are "about as good as the sun is doing warming up North Carolina"