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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30860224 Ryan Newman, one win Ryan+Newman%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Ryan Newman moved into the winner's column early in the 2012 season, taking the victory in a wild April 1 race at Martinsville Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31105180 Joey Logano, one win Joey+Logano%2C+one+win NASCAR

Add Joey Logano to the list of drivers making noise in NASCAR this season. After steadily increasing his performance in the season's early races, he won in June at Pocono Raceway - his first win with Jason Ratcliff as his Cup crew chief.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31420368 Kevin Harvick, one win Kevin+Harvick%2C+one+win NASCAR

Harvick took control in the closing laps then survived a wild restart to take his first win of the year, at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31130086 Dale Earnhardt Jr., one win Dale+Earnhardt+Jr.%2C+one+win NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a winless streak in stellar fashion in 2012 - taking his first win of the season in dominating fashion at Michigan International Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30952020 Kyle Busch, one win Kyle+Busch%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Kyle Busch earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the season when he took a late lead on pit road and stormed on for the win at Richmond International Raceway .

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31059104 Kasey Kahne, two wins Kasey+Kahne%2C+two+wins NASCAR

Kasey Kahne joined the list of Hendrick Motorsports winners when he took a commanding lead late at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He won the Coca-Cola 600 for his 13th career victory. He then followed that up in July with a stellar win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, holding off a late charge by Denny Hamlin to take his second victory of the year.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30907192 Greg Biffle, two wins Greg+Biffle%2C+two+wins NASCAR

Greg Biffle held the points lead early in the season - and added to his edge with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway in April. He then returned to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway in August.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30781328 Tony Stewart, three wins Tony+Stewart%2C+three+wins NASCAR

The 2011 series champion, Stewart erased another track from those on his Sprint Cup winless list with his win in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stewart has won at all but two of NASCAR's current Cup tracks. He followed that up with a victory in the rain-shortened Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway to become the season's first repeat winner. Then, he survived a chaotic Daytona July race to storm into the lead late and take his third victory of the season.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30775035 Matt Kenseth, three wins Matt+Kenseth%2C+three+wins NASCAR

Roush Fenway Racing's Kenseth showed his potential once more, opening the season with a premier victory. Kenseth won the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, a race delayed by rain, then fire, and finally run on Monday night. Kenseth's second win came in equally stunning fashion as, after leading off and on all day, he took the lead as many drivers in the field were crashing and flipping coming to the checkered flag. Kenseth overcame the field in another wild Chase race, too, taking the victory at the repaved Kansas Speedway as 14 cautions marred the race.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31150758 Clint Bowyer, three wins Clint+Bowyer%2C+three+wins NASCAR

Clint Bowyer takes the checkered flag to win for the first time in 2012 in this photo. Bowyer topped the field for his first win at Sonoma in June. He then rallied late, conserving fuel, to win at Richmond and gain ground once the Chase field was set. Bowyer then gambled on fuel strategy to take the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30775039 Denny Hamlin, five wins Denny+Hamlin%2C+five+wins NASCAR

Hamlin and 2011 championship-winning crew chief Darian Grubb struck quickly.

The new pairing won the second Cup race of the season, overcoming the field for the victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hamlin returned to victory again at Kansas Speedway, taking the lead lap and holding off the final charge of Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin then took the lead late and held on for the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. He followed that up with another late surge to win at Atlanta the following week. Then, Hamlin rallied in the Chase by winning the second race in the critical segment of the season, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30982645 Brad Keselowski, five wins Brad+Keselowski%2C+five+wins NASCAR

Brad Keselowski has started off the 2012 season on a high note. He first won at Bristol Motor Speedway, then he waited until the perfect moment to make his move to win in May at Talladega Superspeedway. He followed that up with a commanding performance at Kentucky Speedway to take his third victory of the season. Keselowski then made a statement as he opened the Chase with the win at Chicagoland Speedway. He took the points lead once more when he topped the field with a late rally at Dover in September.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 31006199 Jimmie Johnson, five wins Jimmie+Johnson%2C+five+wins+ NASCAR

After challenging for much of the season, Jimmie Johnson picked a big race in which to make his presence known. The driver led the most laps en route to winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway - and giving team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career victory. Johnson won his second race of the season in June at Dover. He then followed with a victory in one of NASCAR's most prestigious races, taking the win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next, he made his move in the Chase, winning at Martinsville Speedway. And then he struck again the following week, winning at Texas to tie Brad Keselowski in wins for the year.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top gun: Which NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won in '12? 30775037 Hot shots Hot+shots+ NASCAR

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers entered the 2012 season expecting a heightened level of competition for wins and the title.

The opening stretch of races proved that would be just the case.

So who was able to rise above the field and take a victory? Here's a look at 2012 race winners.

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