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NASCAR Testing, Preseason Thunder 2012 slideshow





2012 Preseason Thunder NASCAR Testing, Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

It’s that time of year again: the short offseason for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has come to an end as the cars hit the pavement in Daytona for the annual Preseason Thunder test days.

As always, there are tons of story lines that have developed over the winter to add spice to the upcoming season.

Tony Stewart is showing his new driver, Danica Patrick the ins and outs of bump drafting. AJ ALlmendinger has jumped from the 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports to take over the #22 Penske Racing Dodge which was vacated by Kurt Busch. Aric Almirola has leaped at the chance to drive the famous 43 car.

NASCAR has renewed their efforts to stamp out the dreaded tandem “Love Bug” two-car drafting, to no avail apparently, as teammates are hooking up and bump drafting around the famous speedway for laps on end.

For the first time the cars are fuel injected. The aforementioned Kurt Busch has taken a seat in James Finch’s #51 as he serves a penance following his season ending blow-up in Homestead which resulted in the loss of his coveted Penske ride.

These are just a few of the stories attracting attention in Daytona this week and this slideshow provides a glimpse of some of the accompanying scenes.

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