This season, the NASCAR Nationwide Series boasted 12 winners – 10 of which were regulars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and one who is a road-course specialist generally appearing in only those type of events. Penske Racing’s Justin Allgaier carried the banner for the drivers competing solely in the Nationwide Series. Kyle Busch, as usual, took the dominant position in terms of series' wins with 13. Champion Brad Keselowski and runner-up Carl Edwards also had multiple victories to their credit. So which drivers earned Nationwide Series wins this season? Here’s a look:
Tony Stewart, one win
Stewart competes for his own Stewart-Haas Racing in the Cup series, but he’s kept a foothold in the Nationwide ranks. He generally drives a few races for Kevin Harvick Inc. each season. This year, he’s been perfect in his attempts. Stewart has run only one race for the organization – the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. He led 38 of 120 laps in that outing to earn the win and be one-for-one this season.
Boris Said, one win
Said Head nation rejoiced when the road racer took to the track in the Nationwide Series once more. He did so in stellar fashion, taking to the tough Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to battle not only NASCAR regulars, but a series of road racers with credentials to challenge his own. In the end, it was Said who prevailed, taking the Montreal win to the emotional delight of fans everywhere.
Jamie McMurray, one win
Jamie McMurray made the best of his opportunities in 2010. After seemingly being short of options once he was let go from Roush Fenway Racing in 2009, McMurray reunited with Chip Ganassi and revitalized his Sprint Cup career by winning the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. And although he didn't plan to race in Nationwide this year, he took over at JR Motorsports when it released Kelly Bires and took advantage by earning five top-10 finishes (including three third-place runs) before winning at Atlanta in September - his first victory in the Series in six seasons.
Denny Hamlin, one win
Hamlin, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Cup series, is making increasingly limited appearances in the series. That doesn’t make him any less of a factor, though. Hamlin (pictured with Jordan Fish) won the tough showdown at Darlington Raceway this season for a victory in one of his four Nationwide starts in 2010.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., one win
Earnhardt Jr. gave many fans their favorite victory of the season. He returned the No. 3 Wrangler car, made famous by his dad, to the racetrack for the summer race at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr., who competes full time for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup series, made fans of the original Dale Earnhardt proud with his stellar run on the restrictor-plate track – and took the car to Victory Lane. It was his lone Nationwide win of the year.
Marcos Ambrose, one win
Ambrose makes only limited appearances in the series now and ran only a couple of races this season – both on road courses. He started his year with a perfect record, winning in his initial 2010 start, which came at Watkins Glen International. Ambrose, who competes for JTG Daugherty Racing in the Cup series, led 60 of the 82 laps to dominate the race.
Justin Allgaier, one win
The Penske Racing driver, in his second full season of series' competition, carried the banner for Nationwide-only drivers. He earned his lone victory of the season in the fourth race of the year, on the tough Bristol Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano, two wins
Logano, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Cup series, competed in 25 Nationwide Series races this season. He had a string of top finishes in those, including six runner-up performances. His season highlight, though, is his victory at Kentucky Speedway – a place that will host a Cup race beginning in 2010. He added to his highlight reel in October, winning at Kansas Speedway.
Kevin Harvick, three wins
The Kevin Harvick Inc. owner/driver ran only a limited schedule this season, competing in 28 of the 35 races. He’s enjoyed a string of top-10 finishes in those – running outside that group only twice to date. Harvick, who competes for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup series, also tallied a trio of victories along the way. It started early for Harvick and his team – in the season’s third race, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two races later at Nashville Superspeedway and again at Richmond International Raceway in September.
Carl Edwards, four wins
Edwards earned 27 top-10 finishes this season. He had four wins to his credit as well. Edwards, who drives full time for Roush Fenway Racing in the Cup series, finished as runner-up three times before breaking into Victory Lane this season. He won at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and then at Gateway International Raceway before heating up and winning back-to-back races at Texas and Phoenix in the fall before finishing second in the series standings.
Brad Keselowski, six wins
Keselowski has taken a commanding lead in the standings. Keselowski beat Carl Edwards for the Nationwide title, giving team owner Roger Penske his first in NASCAR. Keselowski, who also competes for Penske in the Cup series, did so with a stretch of consistent finishes that included 29 top 10s – a streak with six wins notched throughout it. Keselowski won back-to-back races at Talladega Superspeedway and Richmond International Raceway earlier this season, then added victories at Nashville Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Kyle Busch, 13 wins
It’s been Rowdy time all year in the Nationwide Series. He won 13 of the 29 races in which he’s competed – a stunning win percentage in racing. He and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were on a particularly strong run late. Busch – who also competes for JGR in the Cup series - netted wins at Auto Club Speedway (twice), Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway (twice), Charlotte Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.