2010 was the twenty-ninth season of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Nationwide championship was the final step on the ladder to the NASCAR Cup Series.

The series was about to undergo some changes.

  • This would be the last year that Cup Series drivers could run for the championship. NASCAR implemented this change after Cup drivers had won the Nationwide title for the previous four years.
  • In October 2009, NASCAR announced the Nationwide Series ‘Car of Tomorrow.’ The Car of Tomorrow featured safety improvements. They are also designed to resemble street versions. It would make its debut in 2010 at four races – Daytona International Speedway (July), Michigan International Speedway (August), Richmond International Raceway (September) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (October).

The cars competing in the championship are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame design with a fiberglass body and must weigh no less than 3,300-lbs., with the driver. Body styles are from the manufacturers - Toyota Camry, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Impala SS, but still, conform to strict aerodynamic rules.

Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The primary motor specs are a 5.8-liter pushrod V8. Fitted to the engine is a four-speed transmission. The induction system is a single four-barrel carburetor. This setup produces 550-600 horsepower @ 8,500 RPM.

Fuel cells are limited to a capacity of 17.75-gallons and teams are required to compete with Sunoco 98-octane racing fuel.

Goodyear Racing Eagle tires are mounted on steel wheels 15-inches in diameter and 9.5-inches wide.

The thirty-five race season began at Daytona International Speedway on February 13 and ended on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All races were contested on ovals except Watkins Glen International, Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which are road courses.

  • February 13 - Daytona International Speedway
  • February 20 - Auto Club Speedway
  • February 27 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 20 - Bristol Motor Speedway
  • April 3 - Nashville Superspeedway
  • April 9 - Phoenix International Raceway
  • April 19 - Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 25 - Talladega Superspeedway
  • April 30 - Richmond International Raceway
  • May 7 - Darlington Raceway
  • May 15 - Dover International Speedway
  • May 29 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 5 - Nashville Superspeedway
  • June 12 - Kentucky Speedway
  • June 19 - Road America
  • June 26 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 2 - Daytona International Speedway
  • July 9 - Chicagoland Speedway
  • July 17 - Gateway Motorsports Park
  • July 24 - O'Reilly Raceway Park
  • July 31 - Iowa Speedway
  • August 7 - Watkins Glen International
  • August 14 - Michigan International Speedway
  • August 20 - Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 29 - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
  • September 4 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • September 10 - Richmond International Raceway
  • September 25 - Dover International Speedway
  • October 2 - Kansas Speedway
  • October 9 - Auto Club Speedway
  • October 15 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 23 - Gateway Motorsports Park
  • November 6 - Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 13 - Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 20 - Homestead-Miami Speedway

Round fifteen of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series was held at Road America. Drivers would compete in a fifty-lap contest around the fourteen-turn 4.048-mile road course. The event was called the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards.

The Bucyrus 200 was the first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Road America.

Forty-three NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers enter Road America’s turn five for the 2010 Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards. Leading the field in the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Fusion is the pole-sitter, Carl Edwards. Behind Edwards is the other front-row qualifier, Jacques Villeneuve, driving the No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry. Following the leaders are the Ford of Colin Braun and Brad Coleman in a Toyota.
Cup driver Carl Edwards qualified on the pole for the Bucyrus 200, driving the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Fusion. The most recent road course event was staged in Montreal last year and won by Edwards. He was yet to collect a victory in this season’s Nationwide series. Edwards led the race on four different occasions. He passed the leader, Jacques Villeneuve, with nine laps remaining and claimed his first win of 2010.
Finishing in the runner-up position was road ‘racing ringer’ Ron Fellows. Fellows collected his first series win in 1998 and has earned three more victories since then. He drove the No. 88 AER Manufacturing Chevrolet Impala and was gridded twelfth for the fifty-lap contest. Fellows was in third place with the race winding down but inherited a runner-up result when Jacques Villeneuve encountered a mechanical issue.
The No. 62 South Point Hotel and Casino Toyota Camry was driven by Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan was a two-time NASCAR West champion. He wasn’t having much success in this season’s Nationwide series but had scored a pair of fourth-place results. In the qualifying session for round fifteen, Gaughan was the sixth fastest. He remained in contention during the contest and benefited from Villeneuve’s issues to grab a third-place finish.
In 2010, Brad Keselowski split his time between the Cup and Nationwide Series. The Roger Penske driver led Nationwide standings in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger. At Road America, he was the thirteenth fastest in the qualifying session. Keselowski would finish in fourth place, which was his best road course result in seven starts. Also, he has finished in the top ten in the last fourteen events.
Australian Owen Kelly was making his Nationwide debut in the No. 27 K1 Speed Ford. Kelly had eleven years of experience competing in the Australian Supercar Series. In the qualifying session, Kelly recorded the ninth fastest time. In the race, he would pass Brad Coleman and take advantage of issues for Villeneuve, Colin Braun, Patrick Long, Michael McDowell and Paul Menard to cross the finish line in fifth place.
The No. 18 SafeWay Driving Centers Toyota Camry was driven by Brad Coleman. Coleman was sharing the Joe Gibbs Racing entry with Kyle Busch. The goal was to help Toyota win the Manufacturer’s Championship. He scored sixth and thirteenth-place results in his previous outings this season. Coleman’s qualifying effort for round fifteen put him fourth on the grid. After fifty laps of racing, he finished sixth.
Canadian J.R. Fitzpatrick won the 2006 CASCAR championship and was a title contender in this season’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Road America would be his first Nationwide start of 2010. Fitzpatrick qualified twenty-third in the No. 7 Schick Hydro-sponsored Chevrolet Impala. He started his charge to the front early in the race. By the fiftieth lap, Fitzpatrick had advanced sixteen positions to finish seventh.
The No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry was piloted by Jacques Villeneuve. The 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1997 F1 World Champion qualified on the outside of the front row for round fifteen. Villeneuve moved into the lead with twelve laps remaining. On a restart, he was passed by Carl Edwards. Then things went from bad to worse when a mechanical issue left him with a twenty-fifth-place finish.

11Carl EdwardsFastenal / Ford50-
212Ron FellowsAER Manufacturing / Chevrolet50-
36Brendan GaughanSouth Point Hotel & Casino / Toyota50-
413Brad KeselowskiDiscount Tire / Dodge50-
59Owen KellyK1 Speed / Ford50-
64Brad ColemanSafeWay Driving Centers / Toyota50-
723J.R. FitzpatrickSchick Hydro / Chevrolet50-
819Jason LefflerGreat Clips / Toyota50-
917Steve Wallace5-Hour Energy / Toyota50-
1020Trevor BayneOutPetCare.com / Toyota50-
113Colin BraunRoush-Fenway Racing / Ford50-
1211Ron Hornaday, Jr.Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco / Chevrolet50-
1321Brian ScottBigSpot.com / Toyota50-
147Patrick LongSystem High Corporation / Toyota50-
1528Tayler MalsamIron Horse Jeans / Toyota50-
168Paul MenardMastercraft/Menards / Ford50-
1730Stanton BarrettLilly Trucking/4Caring.org/Taleo Grill / Chevrolet50-
1833Mike WallaceJDavisMotorsports.com / Chevrolet50-
1935Morgan ShepherdVictory in Jesus/Schneider Electric / Chevrolet50-
2010Tony AveTriStar Motorsports / Chevrolet50-
2136Kenny WallaceAnderson's Pure Maple Syrup / Chevrolet50-
2238Mark GreenRoth Maple Syrup / Chevrolet50-
2331Victor Gonzalez, Jr.State Water Heaters/31-W Insulation / Chevrolet50-
2422Michael AnnettGermain.com / Toyota50-
252Jacques VilleneuveDollar General Stores / Toyota49-
2616Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.CitiFinancial / Ford49-
2740Eric McClureHefty Odor Block / Ford46-
2815Alex KennedyHelpTruckers.com / Chevrolet46-
2914Matt DiBenedettoPizza Ranch / Toyota44-
3025Robb BrentRAB Racing / Ford43-
3126Mike BlissSheboygan Chevrolet / Chevrolet38Accident
3229Tim George, Jr.Sargento / Chevrolet36Accident
335Michael McDowellMobile-Shop.com / Dodge34Engine
3432Kevin O'ConnellTaleo Grill / Chevrolet34Engine
3518Justin AllgaierVerizon Wireless / Dodge30-
3627Tony RainesLong John Silver's / Chevrolet29Engine
3734Kyle KelleyUPR.com/Apel/Jamison / Chevrolet29Accident
3824Antonio PerezFrontRowJoe.com / Chevrolet10Engine
3937Joey ScaralloCobblestone Inn & Suites / Ford8Brakes
4039Brian KeselowskiK-Automotive Motorsports / Dodge3Transmission
4141Josh WiseSpecialty Racing / Ford1Brakes
4242Andy PonsteinK-Automotive Motorsports / Dodge1Suspension
4343Kevin LepageJDavisMotorsports.com / Chevrolet1Differential

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