The 2012 auto racing season is over for me :( Thankfully, there are plenty of new champs to talk about during the off-season as well as plenty of news relating to 2013 already in circulation. Here are some of my favorite moments from 2012.
NASCAR – two new champs and a repeat champ in NASCAR’s top three series, as Brad Keselowski (Cup) and James Buescher (Trucks) took their first titles and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. repeated as Nationwide Series champion. Kyle Busch failed to win in either the Nationwide or Truck Series for the first time in many years, and failed to make the Chase after cutting back his schedule to focus on the Cup Series…hmmm…
NHRA – three first-time champions and a repeat in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) were first-time winners, while Ed Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) took his third title. Ron Capps finished second again and Courtney Force took home a Wally in her rookie season, as well as the Road to the Future Award as rookie of the year.
IndyCar Series – Ryan Hunter-Reay took home the title as Will Power finished second for the third-straight year. Dario Franchitti won another Indy 500, and James Hinchcliffe showed up at the first race of the year wearing a Danica Patrick wig :)
World of Outlaws – Donny Schatz took the Sprint Car title while Darrell Lanigan won the Late Model Series title. In the Super DIRTcar Series, Matt Sheppard became the first driver to capture three-straight Super DIRTcar titles.