2010 Sprint Cup Fan Awards: Breakthrough Performance

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch's win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race completed the historic sweep. (Photo: Getty Images)

MotorRacingNetwork.com continues our annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan Awards for 2010 with the third category: Breakthrough Performance of the Year.

Kyle Busch's ability to complete the historic sweep of Bristol Motor Speedway with a win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race was selected by the MotorRacingNetwork.com staff as the Breakthrough Performance of the Year.

Busch followed his win in Camping World Truck Series race and the Nationwide Series event to become the first driver in history to sweep a weekend in all three of NASCAR's top three divisions. Busch combined to lead 515 laps in the three races, including 283 in the Sprint Cup race. His 1,218 laps led in Sprint Cup competition in only 12 starts at Bristol now ranks third among active drivers thanks to his performance in August..

Let us know your favorite Sprint Cup Series Breakthrough Performance of the Year by placing your vote today at MotorRacingNetwork.com's Facebook page or by submitting an email to press@motorracingnetwork.com. Votes will be tallied up on December 19 along with the winners of all categories and will be featured on MotorRacingNetwork.com that day. Voting on all previous categories will continue through the 19th.

Other possible submissions could include:

  • Jamie McMurray winning both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in his first season behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.
  • Jimmie Johnson coming from behind for the first time in his championship run to finish second at Homestead-Miami Speedway to take his fifth consecutive title.
  • Denny Hamlin winning at Texas Motor Speedway in April only 19 days removed from ACL knee surgery. The victory help set the tone for the season that saw him go to Victory Lane eight times and finish second in the standings.
  • Greg Biffle scoring Ford's first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season at Pocono Raceway. The win was especially meaningful for the Roush Fenway Racing team with Jack Roush still recovering in the Mayo Clinic from injuries he sustained in an airplane crash earlier that week.
  • Carl Edwards ends a 70-race winless streak with a victory at Phoenix International Raceway and then goes on to close the season with back-to-back wins with another strong performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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