Top NASCAR Drivers to Watch

Matt Kenseth
Text: Brant James
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Matt Kenseth

Fourteen drivers won Sprint Cup races in 2009. Here's a look at their prospects in 2010, beginning with Matt Kenseth.

Races won in 2009:
Daytona 500, California (spring)

2010 outlook: The 2003 Sprint Cup champion and his new crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, had a winning percentage of 1.000 after two races last year, but foundered thereafter and Kenseth missed the Chase for the Championship for the first time. Roush Fenway Racing's team-wide problems were the result of wrong ideas, team owner Jack Roush said, and he hired about three dozen engineers to make sure they don't happen again. It won't be Blickensderfer's fault this time. He was shipped off to Roush's research and development operation and replaced by title-winning crew chief Todd Parrott after a sluggish Speed Weeks.


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