Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013: 1. Matt Kenseth

Birthdate: 10 March 1972 Hometown: Cambridge, Wisconsin USA Team: Joe Gibbs Racing Crew chief: Jason Ratcliff 2013 starts: 36 Poles: 3 Wins: 7 Top 5: 12 Top 10: 20 Annual earnings: $7,020,171 Championship points: 2400 Championship position: 2nd NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 4th NASCAR Driver of 2012 position: 11th

Season summary:

When Matt Kenseth announced last year that he was leaving Roush Fenway Racing after 14 seasons there, many wondered if he'd ever be as good again. Certainly he would need a year or two to bed in at Joe Gibbs Racing, right? Scratch that: 2013 was one of Kenseth's best seasons ever in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and while he ended up missing out on clinching a second Cup title he still finished as a strong runner-up after collecting seven wins among a total of 20 top ten finishes, an average finish of 12.1 for the year. Now all he has to go is avoid the "curse of the runner-up" and go one better in 2014...

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The complete top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 results:

1. Matt Kenseth
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Kurt Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Carl Edwards
7. Kyle Busch
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Martin Truex Jr.

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