Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/1/14
Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about Brad Keselowski's championship and Clint Bowyer's surge to a runner-up finish in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Those were both runs that surprised those in the sport. But what were some of the other more surprising moments of the 2012 season? Some of the more pleasant surprises of 2012 would be a bit of a resurgence, not what we were looking for and not what they were looking for, but a surge for Dale Earnhardt Jr. In his second year with crew chief Steve Letarte, he did win a race. It almost seems that he was maybe in position to contend for this championship before he had his two injuries and had to lay out for a couple of weeks. He came back and he really didn't run that strong, but you almost wonder if that was still a little bit of a hangover from being gone two weeks. But still that was a little bit of a surprise. We've all talked about Clint, but I would have to say Michael Waltrip Racing across the board was a surprise a...
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