TMS 2012 – Year In Review

Jimmie Johnson (R), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, has some fun firing the commemorative Turnbull Mfg. pistols in Victory Lane that makes Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) duck after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
AAA Texas 500
during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jimmie Johnson (R), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, has some fun firing the commemorative Turnbull Mfg. pistols in Victory Lane that makes Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) duck after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick sits in the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500 - Practice
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Danica Patrick sits in the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Danica Patrick sits in the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A member of the military salutes as jets perform a flyover during the singing of the National Anthem during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: A member of the Military stands as jets perform a flyover during the performance of the National Anthem during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A member of the military salutes as jets perform a flyover during the singing of the National Anthem during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Martin Truex Jr. pits the #56 Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Martin Truex Jr. pits the #56 Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Martin Truex Jr. pits the #56 Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Fish-eye view of cars racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Samsung Mobile 500
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 14: Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Fish-eye view of cars racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Filtrete Ford, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane as confetti falls after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Samsung Mobile 500 Victory Lane
during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Filtrete Ford, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane as confetti falls after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with daughter Genevieve Marie after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with daughter Genevieve Marie after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with daughter Genevieve Marie after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon helps four-year-old cancer patient Alaina Jones, of Fort Worth, build a race car out of LEGOs on October 4, 2012 at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas. Gordon was in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway to promote the Nov. 4 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jeff Gordon at LEGOLAND
GRAPEVINE, TX - OCTOBER 4: Jeff Gordon meets with children battling cancer that have benefited from his foundation through Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter on October 4, 2012 at LEGOLAND in Grapevine, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Gordon
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon helps four-year-old cancer patient Alaina Jones, of Fort Worth, build a race car out of LEGOs on October 4, 2012 at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas. Gordon was in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway to promote the Nov. 4 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Lead singer Kelly Hansen of Foreigner performs on the frontstretch stage prior the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Samsung Mobile 500
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 14: Kelly Hansen of Foreigner performs before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Lead singer Kelly Hansen of Foreigner performs on the frontstretch stage prior the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane as camera flashes pop after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane as camera flashes pop after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Blur shot of Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, racing into Turn 3 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Samsung Mobile 500
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 14: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Blur shot of Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, racing into Turn 3 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
A general view of Texas Motor Speedway from the Lone Star Tower rooftop in Turn 2 as cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: A General View of Texas Motor Speedway as cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A general view of Texas Motor Speedway from the Lone Star Tower rooftop in Turn 2 as cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (R), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, talks with five-time series champ Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, in the garage before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500 - Practice
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, in the garage before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (R), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, talks with five-time series champ Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, in the garage before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Pure Michigan Ford, celebrates in fashion after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 13: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Pure Michigan Ford, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Pure Michigan Ford, celebrates in fashion after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick signs an autograph for Hatfield Elementary student Chloe Brown during the "Speeding To Read" assembly for Clara Love, Hatfield and Justin elementary schools at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. "Speeding To Read" is an incentive-based, NASCAR-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage area elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Texas Motor Speedway
<>during the "Speeding To Read" event at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. "Speeding To Read" ia an incentive-based, NASCAR-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage area elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick signs an autograph for Hatfield Elementary student Chloe Brown during the "Speeding To Read" assembly for Clara Love, Hatfield and Justin elementary schools at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. "Speeding To Read" is an incentive-based, NASCAR-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage area elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Mario Andretti (helmet) drives Travis Pastrana (not pictured) in a two-seater Indy car during race week for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
The Firestone 550 - Practice
during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mario Andretti (helmet) drives Travis Pastrana (not pictured) in a two-seater Indy car during race week for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A view from the bumper camera of the pace car as polesitter Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field on a pace lap before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, and the field on a pace lap before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A view from the bumper camera of the pace car as polesitter Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field on a pace lap before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A high diver performs while lit on fire at the “No Limits” Garage Party Presented By WinStar during pre-race activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
No Limits Garage Party
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: A higher diver performs while lit on fire at the No Limits Garage Party Presented By WinStar at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A high diver performs while lit on fire at the “No Limits” Garage Party Presented By WinStar during pre-race activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and the majority of the field pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
AAA Texas 500
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and the majority of the field pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A view of the “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus carnival on the backstretch during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
No Limits Carnival
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 01: A view of the No Limits Wild Asphalt Circus carnival on the backstretch during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
A view of the “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus carnival on the backstretch during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
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