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A tip of the helmet to the best—and worst—of the Cup campaign so far
Top Driver: DENNY HAMLIN
Ever since the spoiler replaced the rear wing on March 28, Hamlin has been the class of the field. He's won five of the last 12 races and is clearly established as the favorite to end Jimmie Johnson's four-year title reign. Says Hamlin, "I like our chances." So do we.
Best Feud: KYLE BUSCH VS. DENNY HAMLIN
After Hamlin (11) blocked Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch (18) into the wall at Charlotte on May 22, Busch announced over the radio that he wanted to "kill that mother------." The two have made up, but make no mistake: This relationship could blow at any time.
Biggest Surprise: KEVIN HARVICK
Harvick entered the season with low expectations after he finished 2009 in 19th place with only nine top 10s. But after reshuffling his crew in the off-season, Harvick has shone in '10. He leads in points and has more top 10s (12) than any other driver. He still lacks the straight-line speed to win the title, but he swears his team won't peak until the Chase.
Most Disappointing Team: ROUSH FENWAY RACING
One statistic reveals everything you need to know about the state of Roush-Fenway Racing, which as recently as the spring of 2009 was considered a NASCAR powerhouse: The team's four drivers—Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan—have gone a combined 204 starts without a win.
Best Drive: DALE EARNHARDT JR.