Statistics are basically defined as a collection and analysis of masses of numerical data. Sometimes, they are enough to make one yawn, but collectively, they can be game-changing.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was filled with statistics that concluded with the crowning of a series champion Brad Keselowski.
Each race is a compilation of statistics, teams set up their race cars based on statistics, driver accomplishments are measured by statistics and many other activities within the sport involve statistics as well.
The season had some special statistics that shaped the season and were meaningful to the sport for the effort or event they represented.
This slideshow will highlight 12 occurrences that, for a variety of reasons, had a statistical impact on this past NASCAR Sprint Cup season.