Brian Vickers’s best race of 2011 was easily the Chase race at Loudon. He turned in his best qualifying effort of the season, slotting in with a third-place start.
Kenny Wallace had one of the best cars in the field at Richmond, a track where he has three wins. He was able to run with the leaders, passing Carl Edwards’s Roush machine for the lead early.
While not known as a sports car ace, Steve Wallace managed to score his season-best finish of fourth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal after starting in the seventh position.
Reed Sorenson returned to victory lane for the first time since 2007, handed the trophy after it was determined that Ron Fellows, who crossed the finish line first under the lap 56 yellow, passed Sorenson under yellow only because the No. 32 car had slowed to caution speed.
It was without a doubt an up and down season for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 MWR team.
In his best year in Sprint Cup to date, Regan Smith seemed to experience a new high point every couple of races in 2011.
Once again, for the second consecutive year, Brian Scott has seemingly figured out the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway.
After winning the rain-shortened season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnny Sauter was ecstatic that he’d won two races in a single season, a feat he had been unable to accomplish since coming to NASCAR in 2001.
Elliott Sadler made the move down to the Nationwide Series for the first time since 1998, trying to get his career back on-track after a stretch of underwhelming seasons in Cup.
Jamie McMurray’s high point had to be the fourth in the Brickyard, when he led five laps and looked competitive.