Throughout the years, the torch has been passed in a near seamless transition as the legends make way for the new faces of NASCAR.

At some point, Johnson, Gordon and Tony Stewart are going to hang up their driver’s helmets and walk straight into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. To see that future, fans need only to look to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, where tomorrow’s stars are cutting their teeth on bullrings like Stockton and Columbus, and getting their first taste of the high-speed banks of Iowa and Richmond.

The series is a snapshot of what the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will look like in 2020.

Last year, introduced fans to the #Next9 – nine drivers that are 21-and-under running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series who represent the next wave of young talent set to make an impact on the national series scene.

It’s time to take a look at the 2012 Class of the #Next9.