2012 Nascar Season Opens with Excitement

Posted on June 22, 2012 by

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The Nascar Sprint Cup Series kicked off the 2012 season in February with a bang. Literally. The Daytona 500, which was pushed back a day due to rain, was anything but uneventful. The highlight of the race was when Juan Montoya hit a jet dryer under caution, causing an explosion and a large mess that took a long time to clean up.

There are some new faces this season. The most notable one is Danica Patrick. The former Indy Car driver started driving part-time in the Nascar Nationwide Series in 2010 and is now driving full-time in the Nationwide Series and part-time in the Sprint Cup Series.

Patrick has not had the same kind of success in Nascar as she did in Indy Car, but she is a very talented driver and will probably capture a win in one of the two series within the next year.

There were also a few driver changes in the Sprint Cup Series for the 2012 season. The driver who made the biggest move was Kasey Kahne. Kahne went from Red Bull Racing, a team that did not have a lot of success, to Hendrick Motorsports, the most successful team in Nascar.

Kahne’s transition was not as smooth as many hoped. His best finish in the first six races of the season was 14th. However, he has somehow managed to turn it around. In the last six races, Kahne has finished eighth or better. He even managed to capture a win at Charlotte in May.

“I just knew for myself, I needed to step up. Our team is solid,” said Kahne in an interview on Nascar.com. “Mr. Hendrick gives us everything we need to win races and run up front. [Sunday] night we were able to put it all together.”

He is currently 15th in the point standings, and if he keeps up the great performance, he may make it into the Chase.

The season is only a third of the way through. There is still more action to come, especially as the Chase for the Sprint Cup nears.

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