Up, down and all around at halfway mark

Updated: July 7, 2009, 4:18 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

The time is right to point out a few things, good and bad.

Sprint Cup is halfway to the end for 2009, so my midseason awards and zingers have arrived. And there are worthy candidates in both areas.

Tony Stewart is a surprising No. 1 in the points, Carl Edwards is winless, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hopelessly out of Chase contention and Mark Martin is a winner again at 50.

Interesting stuff, but too much of the news this season has come off the track. Bankrupt ...

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