The 2012 season for the top series of NASCAR has come to an end. It is but a blip in time before the new season begins with much to be done to bring improvements to the product offered to fans of the sport.
NASCAR has the daunting task of bringing a new car online, enhancing the fan experience and raising the level of interest in a sport that has faced deterioration in recent years.
A great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes during 2012 that will become evident as we head to Preseason Thunder and Speedweeks at Daytona.
The sanctioning body, owners, drivers, teams and major automakers have worked together testing the cars that are supposed to make racing more exciting.
Much is at stake in the high-dollar sport of NASCAR. This slideshow will highlight some of the biggest storylines fans will be hearing about in the offseason and beyond.