"As painful as this is right now, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Daytona and just start all over again and go race." — Carl Edwards, runner-up to Tony Stewart both on the track at Homestead and in the championship standings.

Quote of note


"As painful as this is right now, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Daytona and just start all over again and go race." — Carl Edwards, runner-up to Tony Stewart both on the track at Homestead and in the championship standings.


Milestone


Tony Stewart became the first driver in the Chase era to win both the championship and the season finale. Before Stewart, the last Cup champ to win the season finale was Jeff Gordon, who wrapped up the 1998 title with a win at Atlanta.


New faces in new places


Kasey Kahne’s move from the defunct Red Bull team to Hendrick Motorsports is the biggest driver swap of 2012, but there are others. Clint Bowyer, squeezed out by shrinking sponsorship at RCR, goes to Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer will be in the No. 15 Toyota, with sponsorship from 5-Hour Energy. Mark Martin, displaced by Kahne at Hendrick, also goes to MWR, where he’ll split time in the No. 00 with team owner Michael Waltrip. This game of musical full-containment seats leaves David Reutimann, former driver of the No. 00, without a ride. With Red Bull’s demise, Brian Vickers is also rideless. And with UPS switching from primary sponsorship on the Roush Fenway No. 6 of David Ragan to associate sponsorship on the No. 99 of Carl Edwards, Ragan is in limbo this off season.