Five Unforgettable Moments Of The 2012 NASCAR Season
Juan Pablo Montoya And The Jet Dryer Make The Daytona 500 Hot
The Daytona 500 was the start to the season but it also created one of the most memorable races in the history of the Daytona 500.
In one of the year’s most memorable events this year’s season opener will be remembered for its delay but also for a very hot moment on the track.
The race’s initial start was pushed twice and the race finally went green on a Monday night creating the first weekday night race for the Daytona 500. The first two delays were just the beginning, as the race would get red flagged as Juan Pablo Montoya collided with a jet dryer on the track.
Following the jet dryer incident, it was one that never went forgotten and one that continues to follow Montoya, creating one of the most bizarre moments of 2012.
A.J. Allmendinger Gets Suspended By NASCAR
When the summer classic at Daytona was within hours of the green flag getting waived, one of the biggest surprises and news stories of the year broke out.
Just hours short of the green flag news of then Penske Racing driver A.J. Allmendinger had just been suspended by NASCAR for a failed substance abuse test. Allmendinger who had joined Penske to replace Kurt Busch would go on to miss the race and got replaced by Sam Hornish Jr. not only for the race but also for the remainder of the season.
News regarding the substance found in Allmendinger’s failed test were not revealed but it led another test, which led to the confirmation of the failed first test. Allmendinger would later get suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and placed within the sport’s Road to Recovery program.
Upon completion of the program Allmendinger made his return driving for Phoenix Racing in the No.51 car once again replacing Kurt Busch for select races, as Regan Smith would substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr. sitting out for a concussion after being Phoenix Racing’s original choice.
Tony Stewart And Matt Kenseth Go At It At Bristol
The summer night race at Bristol Motor Speedway brought out the short track tempers that were expected, especially following the track’s recent changes.
During the night race there was contact between Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart but what occurred afterwards led to one of the most unforgettable moments of the season.
After Stewart and Kenseth had contact on the track, Kenseth appeared not to have as much damage to his car as Stewart did. Stewart had made his way out of his car and ready to go with safety personnel. Once Kenseth was just to pass Stewart, short track tensions came out, as Stewart would go on to toss his helmet at Kenseth’s car.
Stewart would go on to sit out a couple of laps as his car went under repairs.
Talladega Late Wrecks Leads To Surprising News
During the season the second race at Talladega was the host to the fourth race in the chase but it was also where one of the year’s biggest crashes occurred.
On the final lap at the race at Talladega a wreck involving about 25 cars occurred at turn four sending a few cars in the air, into the wall, and all over the track. The wreck at Talladega would also provide one of the biggest surprises of the season as Dale Earnhardt Jr. was diagnosed with a concussion days after the race.
The wreck that took out most of the competition sent the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart airborne. Most of the chase and championship contenders were even collected in the wreck, even costing a few a run at the championship.
The wreck at Talladega was probably one of the scariest wrecks of the year.
Jeff Gordon And Clint Bowyer Have At It In Phoenix
Tensions reached a high point in the next to last race of the season when the Cup Series made it’s way to Phoenix International Raceway.
One of the year’s biggest fights occurred when Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer had contact with each other on the track. It all started when both drivers had contact and Gordon was not too happy with Bowyer and took it upon him to get back, initiating Boys have at it. Once the two drivers wreck it also ended up taking some casualties with them as Joey Logano and Aric Almirola were caught up in the wreck.
Afterwards as soon as Gordon made it back behind the wall a fight broke loose between members of the No.24 and No.15 pit crews, but it didn't stop there. Once Bowyer got out of his car he ran all the way back to the No.24 team hauler.
As both crews went at it, the race was red flagged for a couple of minutes but once it went back to green the race would end with a wreck on the start finish line.
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is preparing to celebrate the 2012 champion and relive the season, many different moments surprised many throughout the season.
Throughout the 2012 season there were several moments within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that surprised, shocked, and created NASCAR history. From the very first race at Daytona International Speedway all the way down to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2012 season consisted of unforgettable and standout moments.
The 2012 Cup Series season began with the Great American Race, the Daytona 500 getting delayed several times and going into primetime tv, even leading up to a big bang on the track. The delay of the Daytona 500 was just one of the historic moments of the season.
Other moments include the oil slick finish at Watkins Glen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced his way into the All Star race but winning the showdown prior to the race. The 2012 season will also feature Earnhardt’s winless streak coming to an end at Michigan. Even the Budweiser Shootout featured many saves and a win from Kyle Busch.
The 2012 season also featured helmets getting tossed, fingers get wagged at other drivers, fights behind the wall, paybacks and Earnhardt sitting out for a concussion.
Historic wins were achieved in the 2012 season as well including Hendrick Motorsports capturing their 200th win, The No.11 car capturing 200 wins, and Joe Gibbs Racing capturing their 100th win.
Even the championship race between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson provided some unforgettable moments in the finish at Texas and the final race at Homestead.
The season even featured controversy with suspensions, and penalties. In the 2012 season it feature Kurt Busch missing the Pocono race, Tony Stewart, getting penalized for his car set up and the same penalty even happened to other drivers in the Nationwide Series. Even the No.48 team was penalized after the season opener.
Some many memories that occurred this season but five stood out and will go on to reflect the 2012 season.