Interesting trends in NASCAR: As the season opener in Daytona approaches, a lot of unknowns still remain about the 2009 Sprint Cup season. There are so many gray areas these days, but this breakdown gives some interesting statistical information on cars, sponsors and drivers for 2009. It also adds some clarity about NASCAR today.

Cars committed to running the full schedule -- 37

Fully funded cars -- 29 of the 37

Age Breakdown of drivers: Over 50 - 1 (Mark Martin); Under 30 -- 14 (However, Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish Jr. and Carl Edwards all turn 30 in 2009. Joey Logano is the only driver under 20. He won't turn 19 until May.); In their 40s -- 3 (We're counting Labonte [44] in this one. He will have a ride somewhere in '09. Jeff Burton [41] and Michael Waltrip [45] are the other two. Blaney [46] hopes he'll be included.)

Rookies -- 2 (Logano and Scott Speed.)

Southerners -- 12

West Coast -- 11

Midwest -- 10

Northeast -- 2

International -- 2

College graduates -- 1 (Newman has an engineering degree from Purdue)

Cup champions -- 6 Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), Labonte (2000), Stewart (2002 and 2005), Kenseth (2004), Kurt Busch (2005) and Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2008).

Sons of Cup drivers - 1 (With Kyle Petty's Cup career in question, Earnhardt could be the only one left.

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