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2012 NASCAR Season

The 2012 NASCAR schedules, previews and race reviews. This is all the latest news and information about the 2012 NASCAR season.
  1. 2012 NASCAR Race Previews and Predictions (44)

Greg Biffle Avoids Trouble for 2012 Pure Michigan 400 Win
The 2012 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway saw a number of the leaders fall from the top spot before Greg Biffle pounced in the closing laps for the win.

2012 Daytona 500 - What you need to know about the 2012 Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious event on the calendar. Last year rookie Trevor Bayne won in a thrilling finish. Who knows what excitement the 2012 version might bring. Here is what you need to know about the 2012 Daytona 500.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule
The 2012 NASCAr Sprint Cup Series schedule didn't change significantly from the previous year. No new tracks were added and none were dropped. Here is the 2012 NASCAR schedule as announced by NASCAR in September of 2011.

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule
The 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule had some significant changes as two race tracks were dropped from the schedule and one new one was added. The overall result is that the 2012 season is one race shorter than it was last year. Here is the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule
Of the three top NASCAR touring series the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule saw the most dramatic changes. Four race tracks disappeared from the schedule since last year which left some significant holes in the schedule. The addition of Rockingham Speedway and additional dates for Iowa and Kentucky still left the 2012 season two races shorter than last year. Here is the complete 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Changes
The 2012 NASCAR Season will have a number of top drivers in new rides. Here are the biggest driver and team changes for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Kyle Busch Times Perfect 2012 Budweiser Shootout Win
The 2012 Budweiser Shootout featured restrictor plate racing of old. NASCAR no longer has the two-by-two restrictor plate racing that we saw in 2011 but it also featured three major wrecks known as "The Big One" which claimed the hopes of many fast cars. Kyle Busch nipped Tony Stewart at the line by .01 seconds to score the non-points victory.

Stewart and Kenseth Win 2012 Gatorade Duels
The 2012 Gatorade Duel at Daytona races are in the books and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth picked up the wins. The qualifying process is over and the field for the 2012 Daytona 500 is set.

Matt Kenseth Wins 2012 Daytona 500
The 2012 Daytona 500 was memorable for sure. Matt Kenseth got a push from teammate Greg Biffle to claim the win. The big story of this race was the two hour red flag for Juan Montoya's wreck under caution that took out a jet dryer causing a massive jet fuel fire. Simply bizarre.

Denny Hamlin Charges to Phoenix Win and Early Point Lead
Denny Hamlin had a fast car at the end of the 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 and enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag. Hamlin's win at Phoenix International Raceway gives him the early season point lead and makes him the man to watch in 2012.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship battle is a great storyline throughout the season. Here are the complete 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings.

Tony Stewart Dominates Late Restarts For 2012 Las Vegas Victory
The 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway featured long green flag runs as Tony Stewart had the best car in the closing laps to take the win.

Brad Keselowski Scores Back-to-Back Bristol Wins
The 2012 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway featured long green flag runs and "The Big One" making this race look a lot more like Daytona than the Bristol of old.

Tony Stewart Wins Rain Shortened 2012 Auto Club 400
The 2012 Auto Club 400 on had one caution but the yellow flag flew when the rain swept over Auto Club Speedway on lap 123. Tony Stewart was out front when it mattered and claimed the win.

Ryan Newman Avoids Overtime Crash to Take 2012 Martinsville Win
The 2012 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway went to Ryan Newman but not before overtime fireworks took out the leaders and paved the way for Newman to take the win.

Greg Biffle Dominates Long Green Flag Run for Texas Success
Greg Biffle was king in Texas, continuing a dominant Roush-Fenway Racing streak at the fast 1.5 Mile tri-oval. The 2012 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway finished with a long green flag run but it didn't matter to Greg Biffle who could have won it in just about any racing scenario.

Denny Hamlin Holds Off Hard-Charging Martin Truex Jr. for 2012 Kansas Win
The 2012 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway featured long green flag runs as Martin Truex Jr. dominated most of the day. Truex's car went away after the final green flag pit stop which allowed Denny Hamlin to slip past him for the win.

Kyle Busch Scores Four-in-a-Row As Cautions are Key in Richmond
Yellow flags played a huge role in the 2012 Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch picked up the win for his fourth consecutive spring Richmond win.

Brad Keselowski Plays Perfect Green-White-Checkers For 2012 Talladega Win
The 2012 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway featured a green-white-checkers sprint for the win. Matt Kenseth was quickest all day but Brad Keselowski outsmarted the field in the final laps for the win.

Jimmie Johnson Scores Hendrick Motorsports' 200th Win
The 2012 Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway started with long green flag runs and ended with a green-white-checkers. Jimmie Johnson drove away on the final restart and claimed the 200th victory for Hendrick Motorsports.

Jimmie Johnson Turns Segment Win Into $1 Million All-Star Win
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race featured a new level of excitement as segment wins mattered. Jimmie Johnson had the best car in segment one and turned that into a $1 Million payday.

Kasey Kahne Takes Fastest Coca-Cola 600 Ever
Kasey Kahne ran away from the field in the closing laps to win the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in record fashion.

Joey Logano Wins Penalty Filled 2012 Pocono 400
The 2012 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway was a record setting day. Pit road speeding penalties helped shape this event while Joey Logano won from the pole.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ends Winless Streak With 2012 Michigan Win
Michigan International Speedway featured a fresh coat of asphalt for the 2012 Quicken Loans 400. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the fastest car at the end finally ending his 4 year, 143-race, winless streak.

Clint Bowyer Wins 2012 Toyota / Save Mart 350 in Sonoma
Clint Bowyer dominated most of the 2012 Toyota / Save Mart 350 in Sonoma. Bowyer survived a late race charge from Kurt Busch and then outlasted the field during a green-white-checkers finish to claim the win.

Jimmie Johnson Continues Hendrick Reign with Dominant Dover Win
The 2012 FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway continued the Hendrick Motorsports hot streak from recent weeks. Jimmie Johnson lead the most laps and cruised to a comfortable win giving Hendrick his fourth consecutive 2012 Sprint Cup win.

Brad Keselowski Cruises in Kentucky
The 2012 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway featured long green flag runs and a dominating performance by Brad Keselowski.

Tony Stewart Claims Wild 2012 Summer Daytona Classic
The 2012 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway featured 158 laps of boredom and two thrilling laps of sprint to the checkers. Matt Kenseth dominated most of the day but Tony Stewart got a great push at the finish, avoided the final Big One and claimed the win.

Kasey Kahne Leaps Into Wild Card Lead in New Hampshire
The 2012 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway featured a big change in the Chase Wild Card battle. Kasey Kahne leaped from being outside the Chase to the wild card leader with his big NHMS win.

Jimmie Johnson Scores Fourth Brickyard 400 Win in Dominating Fashion
The 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway featured long green flag runs and a lot of single-file racing. Jimmie Johnson dominated most of the day and made his fourth Brickyard victory look easy.

Jeff Gordon Picks Up Rain Shortened 2012 Pocono Win
The 2012 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway saw an unlikely finish as Jeff Gordon never lead a lap under green but came away with a key win for his Chase chances.

Marcos Ambrose Out-Duels Brad Keselowski for Final-Lap Watkins Glen Win
The 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International was the final road race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Marcos Ambrose defended his 2011 victory with a thrilling last-lap battle with Brad Keselowski on an oil-slick track.

Winless Drivers Don't Deserve a 2012 Chase Spot
The emphasis in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing should be on winning. Some likely 2012 Chase contenders haven't tasted Victory Lane.

Hamlin Takes Bristol as Tempers Flare
The 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway saw a return to hot tempers and bent sheet metal. Denny Hamlin played the pit strategy perfectly and had the fastest car at the end to claim his third win of 2012.

Hamlin Takes Bonus Point Lead With Atlanta Win
Denny Hamlin held off a hard charge from Jeff Gordon during a green-white-checkers finish to claim the 2012 AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bowyer Claims Richmond Win as Jeff Gordon Claims Final Chase Spot
The 2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway took nearly six hours as rain slowed the event. It was worth the wait though as Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon each claimed their prizes.

Brad Keselowski Takes Chase Lead With 2012 Chicagoland Win
The 2012 GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway featured long green flag runs as Brad Keselowski had the best car at the end and claimed the win.

Denny Hamlin Wins in New Hampshire while Jimmie Johnson Takes Chase Lead
The 2012 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was uneventful as Denny Hamlin hit the setup and dominated the day. Jimmie Johnson's second place finish moved him into the point lead.

Keselowski Retakes Chase Lead with Dover Fuel Mileage Win
The 2012 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway featured long green flag runs which set up a fuel mileage duel. Brad Keselowski didn't have the fastest car but he was able to play the perfect strategy to claim the win and the Chase lead.

Kenseth Avoids "The Big One" for 2012 Talladaga Chase Win
The 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway featured everything that restrictor plate fans have come to expect. Lots of lead changes and a huge wreck that completely changed the race.

Clint Bowyer Takes 2012 Charlotte Chase Race with Fuel Mileage
Clint Bowyer picked up the win in the 2012 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a fuel mileage score.

Matt Kenseth Wins Crazy 2012 Kansas Chase Race
The 2012 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway set records for speed and crashes. This unpredictable event had many top drivers hit the wall but the overall points picture remained largely unchanged.

Jimmie Johnson Takes Win and Chase Lead in Martinsville
The 2012 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway played a key role in the 2012 Chase for the Cup. Jimmie Johnson took the race win and the point lead while Denny Hamlin fell out of Chase contention.

Chase Leaders Finish One-Two In Texas as Johnson Extends His 2012 Point Lead
The 2012 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway saw the two Chase leaders battle door-to-door for the win. Jimmie Johnson beat Brad Keselowski on a green-white-checkers restart to extend his point lead.

Keselowski Takes Point Lead as Harvick Wins Amid Phoenix Chaos
The 2012 AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway featured mayhem. Kevin Harvick emerged as the race winner but fans will be talking about this race for months to come.

2012 Clinch Scenarios for All Three of NASCAR's Top Touring Series
What will it take for all three series points leaders to clinch the Championship regardless of what their nearest pursuers do? Here is all of the important math.

Jeff Gordon Claims Homestead Win While Brad Keselowski Wins the Cup
The 2012 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway came down to pit strategy as Jeff Gordon scored the win even though Kyle Busch had the best car. The big story of the week is Brad Keselowski's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Brad Keselowski Collects His Crown at 2012 Banquet
Brad Keselowski was the man of the hour as NASCAR honored its Champion during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet. This was a great program and fitting tribute to another fantastic NASCAR Sprint Cup series season.

Top NASCAR Stories of 2012
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season gave NASCAR fans plenty to talk about. We started with flames and finished with a first-time Champion. This season had something for everyone.

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