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Previewing NASCAR's Nationwide series

NATIONWIDE SERIES

Preseason top 10

1. BRAD KESELOWSKI, PENSKE RACING

Made huge strides at JR Motorsports last season. Move to Penske should help fuel his ride to the top.

2. CARL EDWARDS, ROUSH FENWAY RACING

The 2007 series champion is looking to add a second title to his impressive resume.

3. JUSTIN ALLGAIER, PENSKE RACING

Allgaier has shown he is fast. He needs to show he can finish races and remain in the hunt for wins.

4. COLIN BRAUN, ROUSH FENWAY RACING

Braun spent the past two seasons in the Truck series. He earned his first win June 13 at Michigan.

5. JASON LEFFLER, BRAUN RACING

It will be interesting to see if organization's decision to field several full-time teams will have an effect on the success.

6. KEVIN HARVICK, KEVIN HARVICK INC.

His schedule isn't set, but given his past success in this series, Harvick will run enough to end up in the top 10.

7. TREVOR BAYNE, DIAMOND-WALTRIP RACING

He has patiently worked his way up through NASCAR's developmental series and begins his first full- time season of competition.

8. STEVE WALLACE, RUSTY WALLACE INC.

Wallace broke into the top 10 in points last season (seventh), but he is looking for his first series victory.

9. BRIAN SCOTT, BRAUN RACING

Won his first Truck series race May 30 at Dover, Del., and is looking to take the next step in his NASCAR career.

10. RICKY STENHOUSE JR., ROUSH FENWAY RACING

Here is another series newcomer, courtesy of Roush Fenway. If Roush's equipment is stout, they all should do well.

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3 to watch

1. Danica Patrick - Every one of her 13 planned races, beginning with Daytona, is sure to bring a wealth of attention to the sport. Will her performance add to or detract from that?

2. Brad Keselowski - He was a lightning rod in the series last season, particularly with his feud with Denny Hamlin. Will his move to Penske temper his enthusiasm or fuel a championship run?

3. Trevor Bayne - Already has a pole and shown he has speed. His association with Michael Waltrip Racing should speed up his learning curve.

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What they're saying:

"There's going to be weeks where it's an advantage, and there's going to be weeks where it's a disadvantage. The key is to take the good weeks and maximize them and take the bad weeks and minimize them, and, hopefully, in the end you'll end up with a benefit." -Brad Keselowski about running the Nationwide and Cup schedules in 2010.

"I think, for me, one of the biggest things is just learning who I'm racing with and how those guys race. I'm used to the Truck Series, where those guys race pretty intense and it's pretty cutthroat all the time." - Colin Braun

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