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December 18, 2012

Top races of 2012

Super Late Models tops the list

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Tyler took the lead from Aaron Pierce on Lap 349, following a round of pit stops. Pierce’s attempt at a victory ended on Lap 372 when he was forced to make another stop to change a leaking rear tire. Rookie Bill Wease finished second, followed by Brian Gerster.

Sixth on my list was not one race, but three — during USAC’s Kokomo Smackdown for non-winged sprint cars on the dirt at Kokomo Speedway.

Plenty of cars and lots of action highlighted the three nights of racing that attracted fans from around the country.

Seventh on the list is the ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway where it appeared John Hunter Nemechek was going to get his first win until a late caution bunched up the leaders.

Brian Campbell took the lead and in Turn 4, Nemechek and Johnny VanDoorn got togther, ending Nemechek’s day.

On the final restart, Campbell was able to hold off a closing Chuck Barnes Jr. with VanDoorn coming home in third.

The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made my list for the dominating performance turned in by Jimmie Johnson and his Lowe’s team. Johnson led 99 of the 160 laps and pulled away from Busch at the finish to win by 4.7 seconds.

- In other racing news: The 2013 season starts on Jan. 1 with the annual New Year’s Day Bash at Anderson Speedway. Racing starts at 1 p.m. with Street Stocks, Thunder Cars, and Front Wheel Drive action on the oval and Figure-8 course.

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