Five best crashes of the 2012 NASCAR season

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After a vigorous schedule of 36-races, plus two non-points races, not including the qualifying duels to set the field for the Daytona 500, the NASCAR season has come to an end. The season had just 216 cautions, down from the 278 yellow flags thrown in 2011 which does explain the large amount of fuel strategy races which fell through over the course of the season.

Accidents weren’t as frequent in 2012 as they have been in the past. Part of this is due to the talent drivers have, the similarities between the competition as well as the amount of debris thrown onto the track by race fans.

Even though there wasn’t as many cautions compared to recent years, the 2012 NASCAR season proved to be exciting to say the least. It was apparent that fewer accidents occurred throughout the year, but the average race fan likely realized that the racing was better.

From a car hitting a jet dryer during the Daytona 500 to a 25-car wreck at Talladega, accidents were exciting to watch over the course of the year. But, as exciting as some of the on-track incidents were, they caused lengthy delays which did make fans announce their anger such as they did with the new style of racing at restrictor plate tracks.

With the intense racing action throughout the season, the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series combined to have some spectacular crashes over the course of the year which have been glued to the memories of fans and will remain that way for several years to come.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

5) Cup Series Talladega October

4) Nationwide Series at Daytona

3) Cup Series Bristol March

2) Coulter at Daytona

1) Juan Pablo Montoya at Daytona