NASCAR: Top 20 Wrecks of 2012 so Far

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NASCAR: Top 20 Wrecks of 2012 so Far
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This one's not going to go over so well, I'm sure.

First of all, compiling a list of 20 wrecks from this NASCAR season takes contributions from all three of the sanctioning body's national series. We've had plenty of accident-free races in Sprint Cup this season, enough for Bruton Smith to suggest "mandatory cautions" in order to bunch up the field for entertainment purposes.

Second of all, I'm sure there are going to be plenty of fans who disparage this list as against the spirit of real racing. In a way, yes, it is. Nobody wants to see their favorite driver wreck, nobody wants to see anybody get hurt, and nobody competing wants to come home 38th with a write-off in the back of the hauler.

But as we saw at Watkins Glen on Sunday, there's a fine line between the type of hard racing that we want (as demonstrated by Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski) and an accident (Keselowski spinning Kyle Busch). When drivers don't push that line, the races get boring, as plenty have complained about all season.

The long and short of it is, if you want to see hard racing, there are going to be accidents, whether drivers are reckless or not.

We're here to break down some of those accidents, going chronologically from the start of the year at Daytona to Watkins Glen on Sunday. We'll touch on all three series, showing you what went wrong to lead to these wrecks. Without further justification, here we go.

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