NASCAR Media taps Keselowski, Penske title as top moment of 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, poses with the Championship Trophy after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR allowed the members of the NASCAR media corps to vote for the top moments of the 2012 NASCAR season.  In a close finish, Brad Keselowski’s improbable championship won out over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s win at Michigan; a win that broke a 143-race drought.

Here are the top 10 moments of the 2012 NASCAR season has voted on by the members of the NASCAR media corps.

1.-Brad Keselowski’s First Championship

Three races into the season and two finishes worse than 30th, Keselowski appeared a dark horse even to qualify for the postseason. But a second consecutive victory at Bristol Motor Speedway helped turn around the fortunes of the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge team and by mid-September Keselowski was the No. 3 seed when the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup got underway. With two wins in the first three races, Keselowski went from underdog to favorite. He lost the points lead when five-time champion Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville but refused to fade under pressure. A top-10 finish in the penultimate race at Phoenix coupled with Johnson’s accident and mechanical failure in the finale clinched the title for Keselowski, Penske and crew chief Paul Wolfe. MORE>>>

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