Where the hell have I been?? It feels like forever ago since I’ve written anything but there’s a totally awesome reason why: I met a guy! Yep, I went on a coffee date and the guy, his name is Jack, turned out to be pretty amazing, so amazing that we spent the next four days together. So, needless to say, I like him A LOT and he likes me A LOT. I wasn’t expecting it and it’s been the best thing ever. However, it’s totally thrown my whole schedule out of whack. I always had a ton of time to myself, pretty much any time I wasn’t working was my time to work on this site or do whatever. But now that I’m with Jack that’s pretty much all I want to do–be with him–so I’ve been prepping the 2012 Hottest NASCAR Driver tournament in bits and pieces, in small chunks of time, over the last few days and now I’m FINALLY ready to launch it.

I’m so excited to find out who will be crowned the hottest NASCAR driver of 2012. If you’re not familiar with the Hottest Driver Tourney, check out last year’s results. I thought about changing the voting process but decided to just keep it the same as last year. I only include the drivers who ran in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time during the last year (2011). That’s why there’s only 30 drivers in the contest and they’ve been randomly seeded (placed) in the brackets by a machine (not me!). There are five rounds in total and each round will last a week.

You can vote as many times as you want during each round. I’ll be periodically tweeting updates on the closest match-ups throughout the rounds, so if you don’t follow me, you should start.


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Download a copy of the 2012 Hottest Driver Tournament brackets!

Without further adieu here are the match-ups for Round One! 🙂

Regan Smith Martin Truex Jr.
Regan Smith Versus Martin Truex Jr.
Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth
Kasey Kahne Versus Matt Kenseth
Mark Martin Denny Hamlin
Mark Martin Versus Denny Hamlin
David Ragan Kevin Harvick
David Ragan Versus Kevin Harvick
Marcos Ambrose Joey Logano
Marcos Ambrose Versus Joey Logano
Greg Biffle Jamie McMurray
Greg Biffle Versus Jamie McMurray
Bobby Labonte Ryan Newman
Bobby Labonte Versus Ryan Newman
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Burton
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Versus Jeff Burton
Clint Bowyer AJ Allmendinger
Clint Bowyer Versus AJ Allmendinger
Tony Stewart Kurt Busch
Tony Stewart Versus Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson Versus Carl Edwards
Brad Keselowski David Reutimann
Brad Keselowski Versus David Reutimann
Kyle Busch Paul Menard
Kyle Busch Versus Paul Menard
Juan Pablo Montoya David Gilliland
Juan Pablo Montoya Versus David Gilliland