Brad Keselowski made sure there was no drama left in the Nationwide Series points race in the final half of the season.
Keselowski took the lead for good approximately a quarter of the way through the year and steadily built up a lead he was never again in danger of losing.
"It's pretty amazing, you know, to come from just a few years back not having a job in this sport and really thinking I was going to have to get a real job, to being out here and winning the championship and kind of establishing yourself," Keselowski said after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The champion put on quite a show en route to his first NASCAR title at the age of 26:
1 -- The smallest lead Keselowski had (over Kyle Busch after spring Charlotte) after taking over the points lead for the final time in 2010.
3 -- Consecutive seasons in which Keselowski has finished in one of the top three points positions.
28 -- Consecutive weeks at the end of the season in which Keselowski was the points leader.
102 -- Consecutive races in which Keselowski was running at the finish, a Nationwide Series record.
485 -- The largest points lead Keselowski held (over Carl Edwards after fall Gateway) after Keselowski took over the lead for the final time in 2010.
But Keselowski wasn't the only champion in the Nationwide Series. Kyle Busch and Brad Coleman combined to earn the owner's title for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Busch set a series record with 13 victories in 2010, but Coleman wasn't going to let him get all the publicity after the season finale.
"I feel blessed to have a backup driver like Kyle Busch," Coleman said with a smile. "You know, when I decided not to do the full season, I was worried who was going to pick up the slack. This man stepped up and made it happen."
Something like that.
Regardless, the No. 18 team compiled enough points between both its drivers to earn yet another owner's championship for JGR.
2 -- Times Joe Gibbs Racing has won the owner's championship and not the driver's title (also done in 2008).
3 -- Owner's championships for Joe Gibbs Racing, all consecutive.
4 -- Times in series history there was a split championship.
71 -- Points differential between the No. 18 and the No. 22.
6.3 -- Average finish for the championship No. 18 team.
Mixed in among the tried and true results of Keselowski and Busch was the debut of the new car for the Nationwide Series. It may have been used in only four races in 2010 before it will make its full-season debut in 2011, but it definitely drew eyes.
Looking for publicity? You're not going to do much better than Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning at Daytona in the No. 3 car.
"This car was nice," Earnhardt said. "It did drive like the COT. If you got toward the back, it was a little bit tough, but still drove really similar to the COT. I didn't think so in practice, but the track really improved or something with all the rain and it getting cooled down and running late. ... The first go-round I think was a great success."
Earnhardt saying he supported the car certainly helped convince the fans. But Keselowski was no slouch in the new body style himself.
1 -- Victory and pole for Kevin Harvick in the new car, both coming at Richmond in September.
1 -- New-car victory for Dale Earnhardt Jr., coming in the new car's debut at Daytona. It was Earnhardt's lone victory of 2010.
1 -- Car in flames during the final test for the new car, in May, at Daytona. Trevor Bayne's car was damaged, but got fixed and he finished 27th in the July 2 race.
2 -- Victories and poles for Brad Keselowski in the new car. Keselowski won from the pole in Michigan, the car's second race. He also won the pole at its debut at Daytona and won the final race with the car at Charlotte.
3 -- Years of work before the new style of car made its debut. It will run full time in 2011.
With more changes on the horizon for 2011, the Nationwide Series had some big performances in 2010.
Justin Allgaier and Boris Said were the lone non-full-time Cup drivers to win races as questions circled about what the rules would allow next season.
Regardless of who runs for the title in 2011, there were plenty of races to remember in Nationwide in 2010.
3 -- Consecutive poles won by Trevor Bayne, the first driver to accomplish that feat since Jeff Gordon in 1992.
5 -- Races in which qualifying records were broken in 2010 -- Las Vegas, spring Dover, Watkins Glen, Montreal and fall Phoenix.
8 -- Poles won by Joey Logano, the most in the series since 1994. David Green earned nine that season en route to his series championship.
49 -- Tracks which have hosted a Nationwide race with Road America's debut in 2010.
79 -- Percentage of the laps this season which were led by drivers ranked in the top five in that category.