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2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Juan Pablo Montoya

*2012 Ride:* No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsor:* Target, with related sponsorships through specific brands carried by the store including Clorox, Energizer, Huggies Diapers, and Degree for Men. Secondary sponsorships included backing Microsoft, Dell, Tums, and Avaya; the No. 42 car also ran a special paint scheme related to singer/songwriter Taylor Swift during the Fall race at Kansas. *2012 Owners:* Teresa Earnhardt & Chip Ganassi *2012 Crew Chief:* Chris Heroy Read More »

2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Paul Menard

*2012 Ride:* No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsors:* Menards (32 races), Quaker State (3 races), Peak Antifreeze (Daytona 500 + Budweiser Shootout) *2012 Special Hood Sponsors:* Pittsburgh Paints (4 races), CertainTeed (4 races), Duracell (3 races), Sylvania (3 races), Moen (3 races), Schrock (2 races), Libman (2 races), Zecol (2 races), NIBCO (2 races), Serta (2 races), Rheem (2 races), Tarkett (Phoenix, February), Turtle Wax (Talladega, May) *2012 Owner:* Richard Childress *2012 Crew Chiefs:* Slugger Labbe (30 races), Shane Wilson (6 races, Richmond-Charlotte) Read More »

2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Ryan Newman

*2012 Ride:* No. 39 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsors:* U.S. Army, Quicken Loans, Wix Filters, Outback Steakhouse, Aspen Dental, Haas Automation, Bass Pro Shops, Tornados, Code 3 Associates *2012 Owners:* Tony Stewart & Margaret Haas *2012 Crew Chiefs:* Tony Gibson (Feb. - Oct.), Matt Borland (Oct. - Nov.) *Stats:* 36 starts, 1 win, 6 top 5s, 14 top 10s, 0 poles, 5 DNFs, 14th in points. *Best Finish:* 1 win (Martinsville - April). *Average Finish:* 15.0. *2012 Team Ranking: 2nd* out of 2. Newman, whose lone season victory occurred after teammate Tony Stewart already had two was never in the same stratosphere with the No. 14 car for most of 2012. *High Point:* Martinsville in April. It looked like this race winner was going to be either Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon. Then on a late restart Clint Bowyer drove hard into Turn 1 after a slight tap on his bumper from Newman. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: The Comeback Of The American Driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay

_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 Toni Montgomery, a our open-wheel editor and Nationwide Series expert who shares pieces that have proven meaningful to both her and our fans through the years._ _This article originally ran July 18th, 2012._ Ryan Hunter-Reay is in many ways the poster child for the plight of the American driver in open wheel racing. He currently sits atop the driver standings in the IZOD IndyCar Series and if he can hang on to win the championship, it will not only be the realization at last of the wealth of potential Hunter-Reay has always shown, but perhaps it will also signal the comeback of the American driver. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Jason Keller’s Future Looks Bleak

_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 Toni Montgomery, a our open-wheel editor and Nationwide Series expert who shares pieces that have proven meaningful to both her and our fans through the years._ _This article originally ran April 23rd, 2006. Take a look through, see what two rookies in particular are mentioned in this article and then wonder, "Where are they now?" in this age of NASCAR contraction._ I gave the Buschwhackers a rest the last time I took my turn for Second Fiddle, but it looks like I need to revisit the subject again. This time around, though, I have a few other observations on things going on in the Busch Series, specifically concerning Jason Keller, Busch Series veterans, Busch Series rookies, and the fans. Read More »

2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Mark Martin

*2012 Ride:* No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry *2012 Primary Sponsor:* Aaron's Dream Machine *2012 Owners:* Michael Waltrip & Robert Kauffman *2012 Crew Chief:* Rodney Childers *Stats:* 24 races; 0 wins, 4 top 5s, 10 top 10s, 5 DNFs, 26th in points. *Best Finish*: 2nd - Pocono, June. *Average Finish*: 15.2. *2012 Team Ranking:* *3rd* of 3. The combination of Martin, Michael Waltrip and Brian Vickers did a solid job behind the wheel of the No. 55 Toyota, propelling the team to a 15th-place finish in the owner standings. Read More »

2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Jamie McMurray

*2012 Ride:* No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet *2012 Primary Sponsors:* Banana Boat, Bass Pro Shops, Belkin, Liftmaster, McDonald's *2012 Owners:* Teresa Earnhardt & Chip Ganassi *2012 Crew Chief:* Kevin "Bono" Manion *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 3 top 10s, 4 DNFs, 21st in Points. *Best Finish:* 7th -- Bristol. (Spring race) *Average Finish:* 20.1. Read More »

2012 NASCAR Driver Review: Casey Mears

*2012 Ride:* No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota *2012 Primary Sponsors:* GEICO / Valvoline NextGen (2 races) *2012 Owner:* Bob Germain *2012 Crew Chief:* "Bootie" Barker *Stats:* 36 starts, 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 0 top 10s, 1 pole (unofficial; based on practice speeds due to rain at Bristol), 11 DNFs, 29th in points. *Average Start:* 26.4. *Average Finish:* 27.2. *Best Finish*: 15th - Sonoma. Read More »