Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (right) handed team owner Jack Roush his second consecutive Nationwide Series title. Stenhouse was in the mix throughout the season and ended up winning the title by 23 points. He earned six wins as well as 26 top-10 finishes, 19 of them top fives, en route to the title.
In the running
Elliott Sadler finished second in the Nationwide standings for the second consecutive season. Sadler earned four wins in a stellar 2012, posting 24 top-10 finishes, 15 of them top fives.
Star on the rise
Austin Dillon, like his brother, carried home a Rookie of the Year trophy, but in the Nationwide Series. A year after winning the Camping World Truck Series title, he put himself in the heart of the Nationwide title race. He finished the year third, just one point out of second, after earning two wins with 27 top-10 finishes, 16 of them top fives.
Danica Patrick not only finished 10th in the series standings, a record for a female driver, but she also took home another honor - the Most Popular Driver in the series.
Take it all
James Buescher poses with the championship trophy after taking the Camping World Truck Series title. The race went down to the wire, but Buescher's season of four wins and 14 top-10 finishes, 10 of them top fives, proved to be too much for the contenders.
Timothy Peters finished second in the series standings after entering the finale trailing by just 11 points. In a season in which he earned two wins with 16 top-10 finishes, 10 of them top fives, he finished just six points shy of the title.
Ty Dillon took home the Rookie of the Year honor in the Truck Series. Dillon finished the year fourth in the standings after entering the season finale with a shot at the title. Dillon earned a win in his debut season and closed the year with 17 top-10 finishes, seven of them top fives.
Driver Joey Logano wore an interesting take on the tuxedo as he attended the awards banquet. Joe Gibbs Racing won the owner's title in the series.
Elliott Sadler (center) talks with Rick Allen and Krista Voda during the NASCAR Nationwide Series And Camping World Truck Awards Banquet at Loews Miami Beach on Monday night.