End of 2012 Season Was Bitter Sweet For Some NASCAR Drivers

By Christy Valdez
Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The race weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway marked the end of the 2012 NASCAR season but it also marked the end of an era for several drivers.

During the race weekend at Homestead it marked the end of an era for several drivers, as it would be their last weekend with their teams from 2012 and prior. For Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Brian Scott, and Elliott Sadler one chapter of their careers closed as they look towards their future.

In the NASCAR Nationwide Series finale for Brian Scott and Elliott Sadler it would be the final race with teams they had spent the last two seasons with. For Scott it was the end of his ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, as he would depart at the season’s end.

Following the 2012 finale Scott went on to finish ninth in the point standings.

As for Sadler his time with Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series may have ended but not his chance at racing for the Nationwide title. The 2012 season was Sadler’s most win season with RCR in the Nationwide series with five wins. He also competed for the title but would fall short of the championship by finishing second in the points.

In the Cup Series side at Homestead it was the end of an era for both Kenseth and Logano as their time with teams they have spent their whole career with came to an end. For Kenseth it was the end of a 12-year relationship with Roush Fenway Racing. Since the 2000 Cup season Kenseth has been a part of RFR winning two Daytona 500’s as well as the 2003 championship. Kenseth also won Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2000.

At Homestead Kenseth went on to finish in the top ten in points, finishing in seventh place within the 2012 chasers.

For Logano his time with the only team he has known for his entire NASCAR career came to an end at Homestead. Since the 2008 season Logano has been racing for JGR in the Nationwide Series and since 2009 in the Cup series. He has gone on to capture several wins in both series and Rookie of the Year honors in the 2009 Cup season.

In the 2012 season Logano captured a career best nine Nationwide Series wins as well as a win in the cup series at Pocono. He would go on to be a huge factor in JGR’s 2012 Nationwide Series owner’s championship. Logano would go on to finish 17th in the point standings.

AS one season ends and the next one around the corner, for Kenseth, Sadler, and Logano they have found a new team to call home. For Sadler, he may have left RCR but he and sponsor One Main Financial will be making their way to JGR in 2013. Sadler’s move to JGR was made official once the 2012 season ended in Homestead.

Logano will be making his move to Penske Racing joining the 2012 Cup series champion Brad Keselowski as his new teammate. Kenseth will take over Logano’s old ride in the No.20 with JGR. Logano’s former JGR teammate Scott has yet to reveal his future plans for 2013 and beyond as no details have yet to be released.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy.

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