Any race that Michael Waltrip can qualify for AND finish has to be a high point. Using that as a guideline, Mikey’s high came in the 2010 season debut with an 18th-place finish at Daytona.
JJ Yeley only went the distance in three races last year (Daytona in July, Infineon and Phoenix in November). His only lead-lap finish was on the road in Sonoma, but history will show that his 19th-place run at Daytona was the best of the season.
Brian Vickers’s limited schedule didn’t offer many opportunities for a high point in 2010, but his final race in the seat of the No. 83 ride was certainly his best.
2010 was full of ups and downs, but the season started and ended particularly well for Martin Truex Jr. and team.
There were not many high points for Scott Speed in his 2010 campaign with Red Bull Racing; however, the first four races of the season seemed to show a bit of promise for the sophomore driver.
When Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers was diagnosed with blood clots this May, the door was opened for Reed Sorenson to earn another, well-funded Cup Series opportunity after seemingly getting the pink slip for good last offseason.
Undoubtedly, going by the statistics, finishing eighth at Sonoma in June would have to be considered the zenith of Boris Said’s 2010 NASCAR Cup season.
During the all-important last few weeks of the season, Regan Smith and the No. 78 team started to click.
Obviously, the Chicago race was a high point, where David Reutimann ran down Jeff Gordon in the late stages and passed him, grabbing his only victory of 2010.
Elliott Sadler scored a pole at Texas but failed to lead a single lap. Instead, his high point was the second Michigan race in August, when he led four circuits and bagged his only top-10 finish of the season.