The decade in motorsports
Jimmie Johnson has won more Cup races than any driver this decade
Michael Schumacher and Sam Hornish Jr. starred in their respective leagues
Top 10 drivers
1. Jimmie Johnson: Since entering the Cup series in 2002, Johnson has dominated NASCAR like no other driver in history. He's won more races than any other Cup driver this decade (47), and this year he became the first driver to win four straight championships.
2. Tony Stewart: Stewart has two championships this decade (2002 and 2005) and this year became the first driver-owner to win a points-paying Cup race since Ricky Rudd in 1998.
3. Michael Schumacher: The retired Formula One star won a record seven world championships -- five this decade -- and has more wins in the last 10 years (46) than any other driver in the series.
4. Jeff Gordon: While only one of Gordon's four Sprint Cup championships was won this decade (2001), he's taken more checkered flags since 2000 (33) than any driver except Johnson.
5. Matt Kenseth: The quiet man from Cambridge, Wis., has been as consistent as any other driver since entering the Cup series in 2001. He won the 2003 Cup and his 172 top-10 finishes this decade trails only Gordon and Johnson.
6. Sam Hornish Jr.: Forget Hornish's struggles in NASCAR; he was IndyCar's top driver this decade, winning three series championships (2001, 2002 and 2006) and the 2006 Indy 500.
7. Kurt Busch: Aggressive and combative, Busch won the inaugural Chase in 2004 and since then has been a regular playoff participant, qualifying for NASCAR's second season in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
8. Helio Castroneves: Since entering IndyCar in 2001, Castroneves has been the man to beat in the Indy 500. The former Dancing With the Stars winner has taken the checkered flag in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing three times, the most among active drivers.
9. Kyle Busch: Of the many eye-popping statistics Busch has accumulated since making his Cup debut in 2004, this is the most impressive: In 2008, Busch drove to Victory Lane a record 21 times in NASCAR's three national series.
10. Mark Martin: Martin has twice finished runner-up in the final Cup standings this decade (2002 and 2009) and continues to show that, at 50, he's as fast as he was at 30.
Highlights and lowlights
BEST DAYTONA 500: 2004
BEST INDIANAPOLIS 500: 2006
BEST F-1 RACE: Hamilton's title-winning race; Nov. 2, 2008
BEST RACE: The Ford 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway; Nov. 21, 2004
BIGGEST UPSET: David Gilliand's Kentucky Speedway victory; June 17, 2006
BIGGEST OVERACHIEVER: Steve Letarte
BIGGEST UNDERACHIEVER: Kyle Busch
BIGGEST CONTROVERSY: The Talladega question
BEST FEUD: Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch