Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Other Drivers with New Sponsors for 2012

James D'ElettoContributor IIIJanuary 20, 2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Other Drivers with New Sponsors for 2012

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    Every NASCAR Sprint Cup offseason is interesting. We see many driver changes, crew chief changes and many sponsor changes. You never know which driver is going to be running with a certain sponsor for the upcoming season. Let's look at some drivers that have made changes going into the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the new gear some of the fans will be wearing.

Kasey Kahne and Farmers Insurance

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    With the move to Hendrick Motorsports from Red Bull Racing. After only one season with Red Bull Racing Kasey Kahne will have a new primary sponsor in Farmers Insurance for the 2012 season.  

Clint Bowyer and 5-Hour Energy Drink

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    Richard Childress Racing has gone from four teams in 2011 down to three. Clint Bowyer has moved over to Michael Waltrip Racing to drive the No. 15 car with a primary sponsor of 5-Hour Energy Drink.

Matt Kenseth and Best Buy/Valvoline

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    After losing DeWalt tools in 2010, Matt Kenseth lost Crown Royal in 2011. For the 2012 season Matt Kenseth is now driving for Best Buy, for only nine races. Valvoline is also a sponsor for the No. 17 Ford, but in has not been announced how many races they have signed on for.

AJ Allmendinger and Shell/Pennzoil

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    AJ Allmendinger is the beneficiary of the Kurt Busch/Penske breakup. "Dinger" now has a full-time ride and a full-time sponsor driving the Shell/Pennzoil No. 22 Dodge.

Mark Martin and the Aaron's Dream Machine

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    Not wanting to run a full season and semi-retiring again. Mark Martin is entering 25 races in 2012 and 2013 seasons driving the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Carl Edwards and Fastenal

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    Carl Edwards almost won the championship in 2011. After coming up short, Carl had to find a new sponsor. Coming on to the No. 99's hood as primary sponsor in 2012 is Fastenal, who is on for only half the season. The other 18 races will be a conglomerate of different sponsors, including Subway, Scotts, Best Buy, UPS and Aflac.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Diet Mountain Dew

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    Formally driving the AMP Energy Drink Chevy, Junior will switch to a lighter more neon green in 2012. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew in the upcoming season. At least everyone that bought National Guard gear will be able to keep theirs, they will be back with Junior for at least one more season

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