Paul Menard Wins at Indy and the Top 10 Surprises of the 2011 NASCAR Season

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Paul Menard Wins at Indy and the Top 10 Surprises of the 2011 NASCAR Season
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When Paul Menard shocked the racing world by winning his "home" race in the Brickyard 400 last month, it was far from the first shocking moment in the 2011 NASCAR season.

The Sprint Cup Series has seen an influx of first-time winners, while a new points system in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series has allowed for breakout drivers and surprises atop the points standings.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Surprises of the 2011 NASCAR season.

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