The season kicked off seven races ago with the spectacular 54th running of the Daytona 500. For many top drivers, the 2012 season is laden with frustration, and some major storylines have been weird and wacky.
We have seen events unfold that are unprecedented at NASCAR's top level during this young season.
There has been a shake-up with drivers who were expected to come out of the gate strong and now languish mid-pack or worse in the point standings.
Team changes over the winter proved to be very positive for some teams, but for others, the disappointment and lackluster performance is somewhat puzzling.
In no particular order, the biggest storylines of the season will be highlighted in this slideshow.