OUR NASCAR TOP 12 STORIES FROM 2012

For better or for worse, NASCAR’s 2012 was an eventful year. As a new year dawns, let us pause and look back on the season that was 2012 in no particular order… Montoya’s season starts with a bang. The only malady the 2012 Daytona 500 lacked was a plague of locusts. Rain delays,wrecks and Juan Pablo Montoya’s collision with a jet dryer highlighted the season’s opener. Unfortunately for Montoya, it would be about the only notoriety he earned in 2012. A Smokin& ...

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BRAD KESELOWSKI: UNREFINED, UNLEASHED, UNCONQUERED

 Sunday night, somewhere around Homestead, where the barley pop was flowing like a swollen heartland river, the strains of this refrain courtesy of Garth Brooks must have surely been heard: I've got friends in low places Where the whiskey drowns And the beer chases my blues away And I'll be okay I'm not big on social graces Think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places For NASCAR Nation, Brad Keselowski is a tailored fit as their champion. Among sports fans, ...

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NO QUIT KESELOWSKI

 Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned aroundAnd I'll keep this world from draggin' me downGonna stand my ground and I won't back down Tom Petty The words from “Won’t Back Down” describe well the mentality of the young driver hanging tough with five time champion and points leader Jimmie Johnson. Did you see those little exchanges between the 2 and the 48 last Sunday? If Bad Brad Keselowski is nervous, he’s not lettin ...

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BRAD & JIMMIE: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED

 It’s funny how a few short years changes things. The phenom becomes the cagey veteran, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Welcome to 2012’s two-horse race: the veteran Jimmie Johnson, in search of his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship- and Brad Keselowski- coming on strong in pursuit of his first title at the top level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Johnsn was the kid, chasing down his boss and mentor, Jeff Gordon. Though Keselowski gave up the points lead, it& ...

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THERE’S A POWER TRIO IN CONTROL OF THE CHASE

Jeff Gordon may have it right. Not matter how well he’s run in the last two races, getting up front and really contending for a championship may be nigh upon impossible considering what is happening at the front of the pack; especially the top three. Kevin Harvick? I don’t think it’s his fault, but Richard Childress Racing is way off its game this year. The Jack Roush boys? You talk to some ardent Kenseth fans, and not only do they think their driver is getting thrown unde ...

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