The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is now in the rearview. There's a new champion, and Brad Keselowski will get some time to celebrate, but the countdown to 2013 is already on.
FOX News Radio's Marghiee "Trackside" Teshineh has more in this NASCAR recap:
FOX in the Fast Lane.
For Brad Keselowski, winning his first Sprint Cup championship was a team effort at Penske Racing.
(Keselowski) "We've got talent, and we've got resources and hard working ethics. And you put that together with the right timing, and you get a champion."
And what does the future hold for Keselowski?
(Keselowski) "The best is yet to come."
Clint Bowyer, in his first season with Michael Waltrip Racing, finished second in the Chase and feels:
(Bowyer) "We've learned a lot about each other, and I think we're going to be even better next year."
Jimmie Johnson, hoping for his sixth Cup title, came in third and knows mechanical problems were his undoing.
(Johnson) "It did all unravel pretty quick."
And though Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports didn't win the Cup, owner Rick Hendrick says Jeff Gordon's win at Homestead means a lot.
(Hendrick) "We wanted momentum out of this race, carrying into next year. And I'm real proud of Jeff."
And get ready: the fight for the Cup begins again February 24, 2013, at Daytona.
FOX in the Fast Lane, I'm Marghiee Teshineh, FOX News Radio.
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