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Top 10 countdown: No. 5, Colin Braun

Roush Fenway Racing's Colin Braun moves to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2010. (Photo: NNSracing.com)

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

Driver: Colin Braun

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

Car: No. 16 Ford

Crew chief: Eddie Pardue

Quick bio: Jack Roush plucked Colin Braun from the sports-car ranks a few years ago, and the young driver is taking another step up the NASCAR ranks by moving full time to the Nationwide Series this year. Braun is loaded with talent, and he’ll clearly learn a lot in 2010.

Why he’ll finish fifth: He’s got more NASCAR experience than his young teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and should transition easily into the Nationwide Series. Braun will be an immediate threat to win on the road courses and should content on oval tracks, too.

Why he might finish higher: Teammate Carl Edwards is expected to win the Nationwide title this year, but if Braun has the same equipment – and he can quickly adapt to cars from trucks – there’s no reason why Braun can’t challenge Edwards.

Why he might finish lower: What happens if he and Pardue don’t click? What happens if Roush Fenway has lost a step in the series? What happens if Braun really isn’t ready for stock cars?