Five NASCAR Drivers Who Made Their Debuts In 2012

By Christy Valdez
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With every NASCAR season that passes by several drivers make their debut and the start of their careers in the sport.

Throughout the 2012 season several drivers made their debuts in all three of NASCAR’s top series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series. Some drivers made their debut for the first time in either of the three series, meanwhile others where making their debut after competing in one of the other series.

In the 2012 season drivers began to move themselves up within the three of NASCAR series, others were ready for their first opportunity within the top three series.

Five drivers made their debuts in either one or two series or move up a series and made an impact with their debuts. Five of those drivers were Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Travis Pastrana, Johanna Long, and Austin Dillon.

Within these five drivers some broke records, others made their long awaited debut, and one of them moved into a new series after capturing a championship in another series. Some drivers even made their debuts with several teams within NASCAR throughout the year and some even got a taste of another series in between.

Within all five of the drivers, each one took the next step of their careers in the 2012 season after experiencing other areas of their careers first. Some drivers made their way into the sport from action sports, others from different series, and some from the next generation of stars, the NASCAR Next 9 and they each stood out in 2012.


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