NASCAR Sprint Cup: Biggest Storylines of the 2012 Season at the Halfway Point

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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Biggest Storylines of the 2012 Season at the Halfway Point
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The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has reached its second half

Technically, the official halfway point in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season occurred last Saturday night at Daytona, where the sport's top division capped off the 18th of 36 Sprint Cup Series races.

But this week marks the final break of the 2012 season for the boys of Sprint Cup, as well as the final network switch of the year as TNT's Summer Series comes to an end and ESPN takes over the for the season's final 17 races.

It is for that reason we will call this week the halfway point of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. After all, if Major League Baseball can have its "halfway" point closer to the end of the season than the beginning, why can't we?

In the season's first half, we've had lots to talk about. From surprises to disappointments, from suspensions to silly season mayhem, the 2012 season has left us with plenty of around-the-water-cooler topics.

It's been a wild ride in the first half of this Sprint Cup season. Let's relive it by taking a look back at some of the biggest storylines from the first half of 2012.

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