Danica Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut at the Daytona 500. Kasey Kahne rebounded from falling outside of the Top 30 in points to finish fourth in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tony Stewart announced plans to add a Camping World Truck Series race to his Eldora Speedway in 2013 and Kevin Harvick to his Sprint Cup team in 2014. Dodge announced that it would withdraw from the sport in 2013.
None of those things made this list of the top 10 stories of this NASCAR season, however.
That should illustrate just how interesting a year 2012 was, with enough big stories to keep the sport's press corps busy, week in and week, out from February to November. It seemed like things wouldn't go more than a week without a new front-page story, and for a sport that has seen its ticket sales and TV ratings plummet in the past few years, that's a good thing.
So what made the list?
This article includes a new champion, a high-profile retaliation, some big names swapping rides and the biggest concussion in professional sports, among plenty of other things.