Brad Keselowski shocked the NASCAR world at Talladega in 2009 when he scored his first career Sprint Cup victory with a part-time, underfunded Phoenix Racing team. He managed to parlay that victory into a ride with Penske Racing for 2010 and beyond.
No driver won his first career race last year, but with a series of team changes and an ever-shifting landscape, some drivers are hoping to do so this year. Some should, with the caliber of equipment that will be under them; some had better if they want to keep their jobs.
Without further ado, the top 10 drivers most likely to win their first Sprint Cup events in 2011: