We're At Halftime: NASCAR's Biggest Stories of 2010

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We're At Halftime:  NASCAR's Biggest Stories of 2010

It has been said that history has a way of repeating itself. When it comes to NASCAR, it's not so much the moments in general that repeat themselves, but it's the overall facts.

In 2009, when the mid-way point of the season approached, the sport experienced many highs and many lows. NASCAR also had to deal with the harsh reality of an economy that was not doing well, and was costing them in terms of attendance, ratings and sponsorship.

Before the season started, the sanctioning body decided to try and rekindle the past by deciding to loosen the constraints put on the drivers. It was a sense that NASCAR had this "big brother" aspect where everything on-track would lead to dire consequences.

Not this year. Brian France, Mike Helton, John Darby, and everyone else involved with NASCAR decided it was time to once again let the drivers "have at it."

That notion set off a season that has seen a lot of moments that are still discussed as Daytona once again approaches. Although some moments have been ugly, some confusing, and others aggravating, they all were a sign that NASCAR is getting back to that old adage.

So many moments, so much controversy, and so many incredible events. The only way to sum it up is one word: captivating.

Here's a look back at the most discussed topics through the first half of the 2010 NASCAR season.

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