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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a chance for 16 of the best drivers to start anew, but with only 10 races, divided into four segments, those drivers have very little time to make an impression and even less room for error before eliminations are made. It’s a fragile state that promises to keep the outlook of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not constantly changing for weeks to come. For now, there remain similarities in this Hot or Not ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Richmond – Chicagoland Edition

With 26 races in the books there exist two distinct groups of drivers: those who qualified for the Chase and the many, many more who will have to wait until next year to lay stake over one of 16 playoff spots. The line was left anything but blurred after the regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway, as Greg Biffle grabbed the last available wild-card berth and Clint Bowyer was left mulling over a lost opportunity. It would be far ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta – Richmond Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta – Richmond Edition

The Chase bubble wasn’t a major area of focus entering the Oral-B USA 500 after Bristol seemingly divided the haves from the have-nots. But as the Sprint Cup Series has shown, things can change in a hurry. After wild-card placeholder Clint Bowyer went to the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage, several drivers who were all but written off received new life, and then something highly unlikely happened – a driver outside the playoff picture rose to the occasion, grabbing an automatic ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Bristol – Atlanta Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Bristol – Atlanta Edition

Bristol Motor Speedway has been the measure for mental and emotional toughness in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series throughout much of the modern era. It certainly played the part during the IRWIN Tools Night Race as some potential Chasers lost their cool – and with it, their footing in the standings. On the flip side, another driver joined the ranks of Sprint Cup’s elite and stands primed for a championship run. Will this “toasty” competitor realize his true potential or ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan–Bristol Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan–Bristol Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is pretty cut and dry this week. Much of the action occurred on the bubble, with rookie drivers like Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon failing to make any ground on potential Chase berths. Veterans fighting to make the playoffs benefited from their lack of experience, while drivers with a lot of momentum remained on top. That’s not to say that this post-Michigan International Speedway edition is completely uneventful. A few stars already in the 16-driver ... Read More »

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Watkins Glen – Michigan Edition

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Watkins Glen – Michigan Edition

A win from an underdog is the worst possible outcome for the slew of drivers floating around the playoff wildcard bubble, and that’s exactly what happened at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Carl Edwards was able to fend off the road course specialist in Sonoma earlier this year, and while close to doing so again at the Glen, Edwards instead played the role of bystander as two of Cup’s best road racers fought for a Chase berth. The NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the playoff picture with only five races remaining before the cutoff. Is it too little, too late for these drivers, or could someone outside the current ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

It looks like NASCAR has caught a case of flat-track fever. With stops in New Hampshire, Indianapolis, and Pocono all bunched together, Cup’s top flat-track talent has another chance to shine as the Chase closes in. This week, Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the proverbial meat in the flat-track sandwich – served as the stage for stock car racing’s finest. The series’ most historic oval put on a familiar show, with an Indiana boy stealing the show for a record fifth ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Summer might be in full swing, but with seven races remaining before the Chase cutoff, things are only starting to heat up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Drivers and teams received a bit of rest and relaxation over the season’s final off week but now, it’s back to business as stock car racing’s best prepare for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site of round 20. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not delves deep, in search of the stars ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Off Week Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Off Week Edition

A stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the end of TNT’s Summer Series and a served as a precursor to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ last off-week, or calm before the storm that is the wicked countdown to the Chase and the highly anticipated playoff eliminators. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not marks a return to good old-fashioned short track racing, after Mother Nature played a predominant role in the outcome in Daytona. HOT Brad Keselowski is ... Read More »