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Economy dominates at NASCAR event

Updated: January 10, 2009, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The skidding economy was the main topic at the fourth annual Sound and Speed Fan Festival combining drivers and country music stars in a two-day event.

"The economy will be the white elephant in the room wherever we go with the Cup series this year," Kyle Petty said. "Anybody that says it is not is full of crap."

Fans paid $20 for the annual kick-off of the NASCAR season Saturday, which included autograph sessions with a number of drivers and country music artists. ...

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