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Top 10 countdown: No. 2, Brad Keselowski

Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski will run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series season in 2010. (Photo: NNSracing.com)

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

Driver: Brad Keselowski
Team: Penske Racing
Car: No. 22 Dodge
Crew chief: Paul Wolfe

Quick bio: Keselowski made a name for himself in NASCAR with a solid tenure at JR Motorsports, finishing third in the 2009 Nationwide Series standings. Now that he’s moved to Penske Racing and will run the Sprint Cup Series, Keselowski is one of three Cup drivers running the full Nationwide schedule.

Why he’ll finish second: Penske Racing had its first full Nationwide season last year with Justin Allgaier, but Keselowski should help give the team a boost. Keselowski should win a handful of races and contend for the championship, though Carl Edwards should hold him off.

Why he might finish higher: Wolfe is a talented, yet underrated crew chief. If he can work some magic, Keselowski could be the driver to beat. And don’t forget, Dodge is stepping up its manufacturer support of Penske’s Nationwide efforts.
Why he might finish lower: Keselowski’s team is new, so there could be teething problems early on. If Keselowski falls too far behind, Edwards will be hard to catch.