The top 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers of 2010

The top 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers of 2010

Jimmie Johnson achieved a fifth straight title, but NASCAR's top dog had a harder fight than ever in 2010. Diego Mejia assesses the drivers who made it such a close battle

10. Kurt Busch

The former Sprint Cup Series champion led Penske to two victories in 2010, plus a win in the All-Star race in May. However, all that happened in the first half of the season as his team failed to keep its momentum into the second half, even on the intermediate tracks, which it seemed to have a good grasp of. Being the only Dodge team in the field brings a certain handicap, even more so when Busch is the only NASCAR 'veteran' in the line-up.

9. Matt Kenseth

The only driver in the Chase who managed to finish every race this season, Kenseth proved once again that consistency pays off, although it alone won't deliver championships anymore. Worked with three different crew chiefs during the year, starting off with Drew Blickendersfer, then switching to Todd Parrott after only one race, finally getting Jimmy Fennig halfway through the season and for the remainder of the year. The lack of continuity on his garage obviously hampered Kenseth, who didn't look a happy man in 2010. Still made the Chase despite all that.

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