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Pace Laps: NASCAR Can Build On This, Open-Wheel Offseason Antics And As The Busch Turns

_Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch moving forward. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week no matter what series you might have missed, all in this edition of Pace Laps!_ *Sprint Cup: We Can Build On This! NASCAR Unlikely To Make Major Rules Changes After Test* After the three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR and the teams who participated found the 2013 cars successful enough that few, if any changes will be made to the superspeedway package before Speedweeks next month.

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Michael Annett

*2012 Ride:* No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Mustang *2012 Primary Sponsors:* Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J (30 races), Northland Oil/1-800-The-Lost (Iowa, August), Old Wisconsin (Atlanta), EFS (Kansas, October) *2012 Owner:* Richard Petty (listed in the owner points standings as Sandra Turner, due to the team acquiring the 2011 owner points from Turner Motorsports' No. 32 team) *2012 Crew Chief:* Philippe Lopez *Stats:* 33 starts, 0 wins, 6 top 5s, 17 top 10s, 0 poles, 5th in points. *Best Finish:* 3rd - twice (Daytona - July & Dover - September). *Average Finish:* 11.2. *Team Ranking: 1st* of 1. Richard Petty Motorsports fielded only one car in the Nationwide Series in 2012.

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Ty Dillon

*2012 Ride:* No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsor:* Bass Pro Shops *2012 Owner:* Richard Childress *2012 Crew Chief:* Scott Naset (Feb. - June), Marcus Richmond (July - Nov.) *Stats:* 22 starts, 1 win, 7 top 5s, 17 top 10s, 3 poles, 0 DNFs, 4th in points. *Best Finish*: 1st - Atlanta. *Average Start:* 6.0. *Average Finish:* 9.0.

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Joey Coulter

*2012 Ride:* No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsor:* Darrell Gwynn Foundation/Steak-umm *2012 Owner:* Richard Childress *2012 Crew Chief:* Harold Holly *Stats:* 22 races; 1 win, 8 top 5s, 15 top 10s, 1 DNF, 3rd in points. *Best Finish*: 1st - Pocono. *Average Finish:* 8.5.

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Trevor Bayne

*2012 Cup Ride:* No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford *2012 Primary Sponsors:* Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, Good Sam, Camping World *2012 Owners:* Glen & Leonard Wood *2012 Crew Chief:* Donnie Wingo *Stats:* 16 starts, 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 2 top 10s, 0 poles, 2 DNFs, ineligible for points. *Best Finish:* 8th - Talladega, Spring. *Average Finish:* 22.5.

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2012 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Sam Hornish, Jr.

*2012 Ride:* No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge *2012 Primary Sponsor:* Alliance Truck Parts *2012 Owner:* Roger Penske *2012 Crew Chief:* Chad Walter *Stats:* 33 races; 0 wins, 10 top 5s, 22 top 10s, 1 pole, 0 DNFs, 4th in points. *Average Finish*: 9.7. *Best Finish*: 2nd - three times (Indianapolis, Montreal, Kentucky - September).

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*2012 Rides:* No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Nationwide), No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (Cup) *2012 Primary Sponsors:* OneMain Financial, Kroger (Daytona 500), Pierre Drive-Thru Sandwiches, Charter Communications, Hunt Brothers Pizza *2012 Owner:* Richard Childress *2012 Crew Chiefs:* Luke Lambert (Nationwide), Gil Martin (Daytona 500) *Stats:* 34 combined Nationwide & Cup starts, 4 wins, 15 top 5s, 25 top 10s, 4 poles. 2nd in Nationwide points, 67th in Cup points. *Best Finish:* 1st (NNS): Phoenix - Spring, Bristol - Spring, Chicago - July, Iowa - August. 27th (Cup): Daytona 500.

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Throwback Thursday: Justin Lofton Finds Comfortable Home At Eddie Sharp Racing

_Attention, NASCAR fans... welcome to Throwback Thursday! Every week, from now until the start of the 2013 season we'll be giving you, our readers the favorite stories we treasure from our writers over the past few seasons. Today we focus on Beth Lunkenheimer, one of the site's Managing Editors who shares some pieces she's treasured over the past 18 months._ _From Beth: This piece was my first, full-length feature based on an extended interview with a driver (instead of just a straight-up Q & A). I was so worried as I was writing that it wouldn't work out; however, it turned out to be one of my favorites that I've ever written in my several years with the Frontstretch._ _This article ran originally on November 16th, 2011._

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Throwback Thursday: NAPA, Truex, Jr. Help Wounded Soldiers At Chicagoland

_Attention, NASCAR fans... welcome to Throwback Thursday! Every week, from now until the start of the 2013 season we'll be giving you, our readers the favorite stories we treasure from our writers over the past few seasons. Today we focus on Beth Lunkenheimer, one of the site's Managing Editors who shares some pieces she's treasured over the past 18 months._ _From Beth: Charities have always held a special place in my heart, and when there's a NASCAR driver involved, it's just that much more important to me. These type of "Charity Corner" stories are what we hope to bring you more of, on a monthly basis with the Frontstretch in 2013._ _This article ran originally on September 13th, 2012._

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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Austin Dillon

*2012 Ride:* No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsor:* AdvoCare *2012 Owner:* Richard Childress *2012 Crew Chief:* Danny Stockman, Jr. *Stats:* 33 starts, 2 wins, 16 top 5s, 27 top 10s, 3 poles, 0 DNFs, 3rd in Points. *Average Start:* 7.4. *Average Finish:* 7.1. *Best Finish*: 1st - twice (Kentucky - June & September).

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