Year In Review: The Best NASCAR Photos from 2012

Pictures always tell a story.

The story of 2012 was an incredible one and by the pictures below, you can visit some of the best moments in NASCAR from the 2012 season.

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What a way to start the 2012 season. This photo was taken during the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Eventual race winner Kyle Busch, saves his car from wrecking while sliding  on the track and halfhalf on the apron.

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The after-math of Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into the jet dryer during the Daytona 500. The huge clean-up period lasted two hours and the longest Daytona 500 ever continued when the race went into early Tuesday morning.

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A big pile-up of cars early in the Food City 500 at Bristol in March.

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Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane following his victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol. This was the first of many victory celebrations for Keselowski in 2012.

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After dominating the race, a late restart spelled trouble for Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon who both were wrecked after Clint Bowyer dived into turn one on a late restart. After a Hendrick dominated race, no Hendrick driver ended up in victory lane and Ryan Newman stole the victory after avoiding the late race wreck.

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The Camping World Truck Series takes the green flag in NASCAR’s return to the Rockingham Speedway after an eight year hiatus.

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Hendrick Motorsports celebrates in victory lane after Jimmie Johnson win at Darlington in May. This was Hendrick Motorsport’s 200th Cup Series win. It was also Hendrick Motorsports’ first win since Kansas back in October 2011.

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Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane with a touch of fashion. Johnson’s sponsor for that race at Dover was Madagascar 3, a new movie that was coming to theaters, and Johnson was wearing a wig which was featured in the movie.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr celebrates in victory lane after ending his winless streak on a June afternoon in Michigan. This was Earnhardt Jr’s first win since 2008.

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Tony Stewart escapes the carnage behind him on the last lap in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona to win his third race of the season and his first since Fontana in March.

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The first race for the Nationwide Series at Indianapolis occurred in July and pictured above is the first field for the inaugural Indy 250.

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Jimmie Johnson kisses the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning his fourth Brickyard 400.

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Kyle Busch spins out in turn two at Watkins Glen International on the final lap after dominating the race. Oil laid down on the track by Bobby Labonte led to cars slipping and sliding on the final lap, racing to the finish.

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Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose battle for the lead through the bus stop at Watkins Glen International on the final lap. Both drivers got into the grass likely because of oil that was on the track from the No.47 car. Ambrose eventually won the race after passing Keselowski in the final turns’.

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The field for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship after the final race of the regular season at Richmond.

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Brad Keselowski celebrates in victory lane after winning the first Chase race at Chicagoland. This was Keselowski’s first victory in the Chase format. Ten weeks later, Keselowski will be holding up the championship trophy at Homestead-Miami.

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On the final lap at Talladega, a majority of the field wrecks including Tony Stewart sliding upside down across cars while Matt Kenseth emerges and eventually crosses the finish line first to win his second race of the season.

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After Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecks Clint Bowyer with two laps remaining in the race, both cars slide to a halt with lots of damage.

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The crews’ of Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer brawl in the Phoenix garage area following the wreck involving Gordon and Bowyer.

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After Danica Patrick wrecked coming to the white flag at Phoenix, she laid oil down in the racing grove and the lead cars came through the oil coming to the finish and some wrecked across the line. Patrick’s car stalled on the frontstretch and when the cars wrecked on the frontstretch, Menard’s car lifted Patrick’s car in the air.

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Jimmie Johnson’s crew pushes the No.48 car behind the wall at Homestead-Miami after a problem with the car that ended the day for Johnson and ended any hopes Johnson had of a championship.

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Brad Keselowski and Roger Penske along with the rest of the No.2 team celebrate the winning of the championship by Keselowski at Homestead-Miami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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