The Pit Stop

November 20, 2012 4:57 PM

2012 Nationwide Series In Review

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his second Nationwide Series Championship in a row. Ricky wound up with six wins in 2012. Elliott Sadler though wound up in second after a major battle saw both Ricky and Elliott tied with two races to go. Elliott picked off four wins.

James Buescher won the first race of the season though as a mega wreck occurred on the final corner of the final lap. James was around 11th place at the time of the wreck.

Kyle Busch wound up in his first year of not racing for Joe Gibbs Racing as he teamed up with his brother Kurt at Kyle Busch Motorsports. Kurt wound up picking up only one win for the team at the July Daytona race.

Kurt Busch wound up getting suspended by NASCAR for a Pocono race after he wound up saying some swear words to a reporter after the end of the Nationwide Series race.

Nelson Piquet Jr. wound up with one win this season picking up a win at Road America.

The race in Montreal wound up being the last one at the track. Mosport wound up being the 2013 replacement track.

This also was the first Nationwide Series race at the Brickyard with Brad Keslewoski winning the race
Joe Gibbs Racing wound up getting two new drivers for next season in Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers for next year.

Trevor Bayne picked up a full time ride in the car that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had for the 2013 season.

Regan Smith picked up a new full time ride with Jr. Motorsports for the 2013 season and in the final race of the season, his first Nationwide Series race in five years, Regan picked off the win.

Carl Edwards for the first time in the past few years wound up not running a full season; he did though drive one race at Watkins Glen and won the race.

Joey Logano only was in 22 races in 2012, but had the most wins in the series with nine of them.

Danica Patrick finished a full Nationwide Series season tenth place in the points. It took 63 years to break the late Sara Christian's mark of 13th place in the 1949 Strictly Stock Series points standings.

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