2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Headlines and Rankings

In the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards leads at the Daytona International Speedway as of February 26. Edwards has a speed of 194.738, while Greg Biffle is at the second spot with a speed of 194.087.  Last year’s overall champion Tony Stewart is currently at number 3 with a speed of 193.607. On the other hand, Stewart won the season opening of Daytona 500 race. He also won 4 times straight in February Nationwide, Gatorade Dual, Coke Zero 400, and the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Stewart has been picked by most fans to be this season’s winner. The Daytona International Speedway has a length of 200 miles with 200 laps.
Earlier this week, the heated Duel caused some conflicts in the event’s aftermath. Due to the hot engine temperatures, the performances of the racers have been affected significantly. Despite of the widespread complaints, NASCAR has no plans of any changes in terms of the car’s cooling system. They said that the water temperatures are taken care of by the race drivers themselves. Many drivers suffered from hot temperature issues including Martin Truex Jr. Martin was very frustrated as he ended at number 13 behind Matt Kenseth. As a result, Biffle and Edwards grabs the top positions in the front-row qualifying series.
In the Nationwide Series, Danica Patrick becomes the 2nd female to begin from the pole position in the history of the national series.  Patrick won the 2.5-mile track at the 300 Nationwide Series race. After her devastating crash at DIA Gatorade Duel race, she successfully made a comeback and won the pole for Drive4COPD 300. She was able to endure the tremendous crash and now she rises above the others. In 1994, Shawna Robinson became the first female driver to start on the pole in Atlanta. After almost 2 decades, Patrick turned out to be the first female who won the top 3 national series in NASCAR. Meanwhile, Trevor Bayne is currently at the second spot and Elliot Sadler grabs the third place of the Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was last year’s overall champion in the Nationwide Series.
In the Camping World Truck Series, John King holds the number 1 spot in the current ranking. Timothy Peters is at number 2, while Justin Lofton is on the third spot. As of today, the rookie John King gained 3 overall victories. The most recent win is at the DIA for NextEra Energy Resources 250. On the other hand, King attempted 3 times to win the Camping World Truck Series. The unexpected victory is certainly a shocker according to King and some fans as well.