2012 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2012 NASCAR Cup Series was the 64th season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 41st modern-era Cup season. The season started on February 18, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway, with the Budweiser Shootout, followed by the Daytona 500 on February 27, and concluded with the AdvoCare 500 on November 30 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

During the 2011 season, NASCAR announced the Cup Series would be changing to fuel injection from carburetors, which had been used since NASCAR's founding in 1949. Rick Hendrick won the Owners' Championship, while Mark Martin clinched his second Drivers' Championship at the penultimate race of the season, becoming the oldest driver to win the championship at 53 years, 10 months, and 21 days, as well as beating the record previously held by Terry Labonte (1984 and 1996) for longest gap between championships, having won the title in 1990. Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship with 249 points. Jeffrey Earnhardt was the 2012 NASCAR Rookie of the Year after beating out Trevor Bayne, Stephen Leicht and Josh Wise.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Dan Stillman Impala
1 Martin Truex, Jr. Doug Randolph
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
15 Brad Keselowski Keith Rodden
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Furniture Row Racing 78 Regan Smith Template:Tooltip Pete Rondeau Template:Tooltip
Todd Berrier Template:Tooltip
Impala
Kurt Busch Template:Tooltip
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis Camaro
24 Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson
25 Mark Martin Steve Letarte
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
Phoenix Racing 09 Kurt Busch Template:Tooltip Nick Harrison Impala
David Reutimann Template:Tooltip
A. J. Allmendinger Template:Tooltip
Regan Smith Template:Tooltip
Richard Childress Racing 3 Jeff Burton Gil Martin Impala
30 Kevin Harvick Shane Wilson
31 Paul Menard Drew Blickensderfer
33 Brendan Gaughan Template:Tooltip Gil Martin Template:Tooltip
Buddy Sisco Template:Tooltip
Tony Glover Template:Tooltip
Austin Dillon Template:Tooltip
Circle Sport Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Jeff Green Template:Tooltip
Cole Whitt Template:Tooltip
Stewart-Haas Racing 14 Tony Stewart Steve Addington Camaro
39 Ryan Newman Tony GibsonTemplate:Tooltip
Matt BorlandTemplate:Tooltip
10 Danica Patrick Template:Tooltip Tommy Baldwin, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Steve Wood Template:Tooltip
Greg Zipadelli Template:Tooltip
Tony Gibson Template:Tooltip
Brandon Thomas Template:Tooltip
Tommy Baldwin Racing David Reutimann Template:Tooltip
Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Tomy Drissi Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
36 Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip Ryan Pemberton Template:Tooltip
Tommy Baldwin, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Kevin Manion
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chris Heroy
Penske Racing 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Charger
22 A. J. Allmendinger Template:Tooltip Todd Gordon
Sam Hornish, Jr. Template:Tooltip
Petty Enterprises 9 Marcos Ambrose Mike Ford Challenger
43 Aric Almirola Drew Blickensderfer
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Chris Hussey
Ford Brett Favre Racing 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Mustang
61 Steve Park Richard Labbe
90 Tony Roper Darrell Bryant
FAS Lane Racing 32 Terry Labonte Template:Tooltip Frank Stoddard Fusion
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip
Ken Schrader Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
T. J. Bell Template:Tooltip
Boris Said Template:Tooltip
Jason White Template:Tooltip
Mike Olsen Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Front Row Motorsports 26 Tony Raines Template:Tooltip Charles Dickey, Jr. Fusion
Josh Wise (R) Template:Tooltip
34 David Ragan Jay Guy
38 David Gilliland Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip
Derrick Finley Template:Tooltip
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker Fusion
Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Fusion
Phil Parsons Racing 98 Michael McDowell Template:Tooltip Gene Nead 2010 Mustang
David Mayhew Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Robert Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Greg Erwin Fusion
88 Jeremy Mayfield Todd Parrott
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Roush Fenway Racing 17 Trevor Bayne (R) Jimmy Fennig Roush Mustang
60 Greg Biffle Matt Puccia
99 Carl Edwards Bob Osbourne Template:Tooltip
Chad Norris Template:Tooltip
Toyota BK Racing 83 Stephen Leicht (R) Doug Richert Avalon
93 David Reutimann Template:Tooltip Todd Anderson
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Inception Motorsports
Swan Racing
30 David Stremme Template:Tooltip Steve Lane Camry
Brian Simo Template:Tooltip
Patrick Long Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Darian Grubb Camry
18 Kyle Busch Dave Rogers
20 Joey Logano Jason Ratcliff
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 Bobby Labonte Todd Berrier Template:Tooltip
David HyderTemplate:Tooltip
Brian BurnsTemplate:Tooltip
Camry
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie Camry
55 Brian Vickers Rodney Childers
56 Jerry Nadeau Chad Johnston 35

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NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips Camry
97 Joe Nemechek Stephen Gray

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No Race Driver Crew Chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 03 Jeffrey Earnhardt Tony Eury, Sr. 7 Camaro
Max Q Motorsports
Tommy Baldwin Racing
71 J. J. Yeley Bill Henderson Template:Tooltip
Tony Furr Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Camaro
Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip
Turn One Racing 74 Reed Sorenson Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip 2010 Impala
Stacy Compton Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Cole Whitt Template:Tooltip
Turner Motorsports 50 Bill Elliott Trent Owens Template:Tooltip Camaro
Dodge Penske Racing 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Chad Walter Template:Tooltip Charger
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon Samuel Stanley Template:Tooltip
Shane BourgeoisTemplate:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Challenger
Ford Go Green Racing 79 Tim Andrews Paul Andrews Template:Tooltip
Mike AbnerTemplate:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2011 Fusion
Scott Speed Template:Tooltip
Kelly Bires Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Leavine Family Racing 95 Scott Speed Wally Rogers Template:Tooltip Fusion
Max Q Motorsports
Rick Ware Racing
37 Mike Wallace Bill Henderson Template:Tooltip 2009 Mustang
Timmy Hill (R) Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Donnie Wingo Template:Tooltip Shelby GT-500
Xxxtreme Motorsport 44 David Reutimann Frank Kerr Template:Tooltip 2010 Fusion
Toyota BK Racing 73 Travis Kvapil Buddy Sisco Template:Tooltip Avalon
David Reutimann Template:Tooltip
Hamilton Means Racing 52 Scott Speed Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Hillman Racing 40 Michael Waltrip Buddy Sisco Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 Michael Waltrip Bobby Kennedy Template:Tooltip
NEMCO Motorsports 67 Bill Elliott Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
RAB Racing 09 Kenny Wallace Scott Zipadelli Template:Tooltip
Robinson-Blakeney Racing 49 J. J. Yeley Tony Furr Template:Tooltip
Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip
Jason Leffler Template:Tooltip
SS Motorsports 0 Mark Green Brad Smales Template:Tooltip
Toyota R3 Motorsports 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. Bryan Cook Template:Tooltip
Greg Conner Template:Tooltip
Cruz Gonzalez Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Scott Riggs Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
Humphrey Smith Racing 19 Mike Bliss Paul Clapprood Template:Tooltip
Skip Pope Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip
Chris Cook Template:Tooltip
Jason Leffler Template:Tooltip
Jeff Green Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
91 Reed Sorenson Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip
Jason Leffler Template:Tooltip

Schedule

On September 28, 2011, the final calendar was released containing 38 races, with the addition of two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Gatorade Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.[1]

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 18 CBS
Gatorade Duel February 23 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 27† CBS
2 Subway Fresh Fit 400 Rockingham Speedway, North Carolina March 4 Fox
3 Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 11 Fox
4 DuPont 300 Road America, Elkhart Lake March 18 Fox
5 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley March 25 Fox
6 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 1 Fox
7 Samsung Mobile 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 14 Fox
8 STP 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City April 22 Fox
9 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison April 28 Fox
10 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 6 Fox
11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth May 12 Fox

Nickelodeon

NASCAR Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 19 Speed
NASCAR All-Star Race Speed
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 27 Fox
13 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Dover International Speedway, Dover June 3 Fox
14 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain June 10 MGM
15 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville June 17 TNN
16 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero June 24 TBS
17 GEICO 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 30 TBS
18 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 7 TBS

truTV

19 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 15 TBS
20 Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 29 MGM
21 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 5 MGM
22 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 12 MGM
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 19 ESPN
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 25 ABC
25 Bojangles Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 2 MGM
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 8 ABC
27 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta September 16 MGM
28 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England September 23 ESPN
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 30 ESPN
30 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 7 ESPN
31 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 13 TBS
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 21 MGM
33 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana October 28 TBS
34 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead November 4 ESPN
35 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma November 11 TBS
36 AdvoCare 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix November 18 MGM
37 Sega 350 Suzuke Circuit, Suzuka, Japan November 25 MGM
38 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 30 MGM

Results and standings


Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model Report
Budweiser Shootout Martin Truex, Jr. Greg Biffle Kyle Busch Toyota Report
Gatorade Duels Carl Edwards Denny Hamlin Tony Stewart Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Matt Kenseth Ford
1 Daytona 500 Carl Edwards Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Ford Report
2 Subway Fresh Fit 400 Mark Martin Kevin Harvick Mark Martin Chevrolet Camaro Report
3 Kobalt Tools 400 Kasey Kahne Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
4 DuPont 300 Greg Biffle Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski Dodge Report
5 Budweiser 400 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
6 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon Ryan Newman Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
7 Samsung Mobile 500 Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle Ford Report
8 STP 400 A. J. Allmendinger Martin Truex, Jr. Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
9 Old Spice 400 Mark Martin Carl Edwards Kyle Busch Toyota Report
10 Aaron's 499 Jeff Gordon Matt Kenseth Brad Keselowski Dodge Report
11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Greg Biffle Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
NASCAR Open Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
NASCAR All-Star Race Aric Almirola Greg Biffle Kasey Kahne Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
12 Coca-Cola 600 Mark Martin Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
13 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Joey Logano Joey Logano Joey Logano Toyota Report
14 Howard Johnson's 400 Marcos Ambrose Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
15 TNN 420 Marcos Ambrose Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer Toyota Report
16 McDonald's 400 Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Dodge Report
17 GEICO 400 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Tony Stewart Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
18 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Kasey Kahne Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
19 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
20 Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 Juan Pablo Montoya Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
21 Pennsylvania 400 Juan Pablo Montoya Kyle Busch Marcos Ambrose Ford Report
22 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen Mark Martin Mark Martin Greg Biffle Ford Report
23 Pure Michigan 400 Casey Mears Joey Logano Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Tony Stewart Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
25 Bojangles Southern 500 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer Toyota Report
26 Federated Auto Parts 400
27 Quaker State 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chad McCumbee Dodge Report
28 Jacob's Grand Prix Jeff Gordon Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Toyota Report
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Dodge Report
30 Keystone Light 400 Kasey Kahne Jamie McMurray Matt Kenseth Ford Report
31 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Greg Biffle Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Toyota Report
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
33 Auto Club 400 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Mark Martin Chevrolet Camaro Report
34 Ford EcoBoost 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
35 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Report
36 AdvoCare 500 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Mark Martin Chevrolet Camaro Report
37 Sega 350 Jeff Burton Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Camaro Report
38 AdvoCare 500 Jeff Burton Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Camaro Report