It takes a special person to be a NASCAR driver. Not only must they have good reflexes, a NASCAR driver is required to have good reflexes controlling an auto at 180 plus miles per hour. A driver has to deal with the pressures of being in the public eye - for ten months of the year. Anything you do, anything you say, how you drive, whether you win or not is all put on public display. Everyone from the local sports caster to your garage mechanic becomes the backseat driver and points out your flaws or your lack of ability. It's like driving in a glass house.
Worse, your family must live with these public accusations and people placing microphones in their faces asking very, very personal questions. Your reputation is constantly up for scrutiny. Think about it, if you drop in points and slip behind a driver or two, according to the news your career is over. Imagine hearing that for a week or weeks until you bank a win and slip back toward the top.
It's no wonder then that NASCAR has a high divorce rate. Something is always going on every weekend for 10 months out of the year. No vacations, no time off for births, little for deaths or illness. With that said, here are the top divers for the 2009 season
~Juan Pablo Montoya~
~Martin Truex Jr.~
Tomorrow, read about our favorite drivers - Kasey Khane and Dale Earnhardt Jr.