They said it: The year in quotes

Updated: December 22, 2009, 5:27 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

I was struggling to put together my traditional end-of-year compilation of classic comments from the open-wheel world, and then I stumbled onto a gem of inspiration embedded in a recent story by Marty Smith right here on ESPN.com.

"There's a market right now for folks who are willing to tell it like it is," he wrote. "It's a rarity these days."

Ain't that the truth. Marty was lamenting the way NASCAR and its sponsors tend to, shall we say, strongly suggest that drivers ...

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