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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 »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Remember when you were a kid at the beach — Daytona Beach, perhaps, and went into the surf only to have a huge wave rock everyone? Well, that happened at Daytona International Speedway this weekend in many ways. Rain forced officials to move the race back to Sunday, but precipitation continued to come into play despite NASCAR’s planning.  The constant threat of more bad weather led to a “race to halfway” strategy administered by many teams that contributed to a ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Kentucky-Daytona Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Kentucky-Daytona Edition

Things were indeed blue in the Bluegrass State after afternoon showers passed over Kentucky Speedway.  Brad Keselowski rocketed back into immediate consideration with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ current top teams, making some history along the way. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is as close to a one-man show as it gets.  Others made some notable contributions to the Quaker State 400, however — some for better and some for worse. HOT Brad Keselowski has graduated from ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Sonoma-Kentucky Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Sonoma-Kentucky Edition

Another stop in California left the road course specialists of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wishing for another try.  They’ll get one eventually, but for now, the Chase picture remains unchanged. Carl Edwards added another victory, a first ever at Sonoma, and helped Roush Fenway Racing get back in the win column.  Next up is Kentucky Speedway, where it’s back to making left turns and likely a return to watching the stars of Cup lead the way from start to ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart strategy won the day.  Watch out Ford, this trip to Michigan was dominated by Chevrolet. HOT Well, this is an easy choice: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

In many ways, the Sprint Cup Series’ venture to the Pocono Mountains was a microcosm of the season to date.  There was a singular figure who led many a lap, multi-time champions finding ways to struggle, and frontrunners succumbing because of the not-so-alive half the alliance between man and machine.  The end result was very similar to the way the season started, with a fan favorite prevailing. This edition is a refresher on several of the trends that have become ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Kansas – All-Star Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Kansas – All-Star Edition

Eleven races down and nine of the 16 playoff spots are claimed after a scenic sunset and race in the Sunflower State. Kansas Speedway has developed a reputation as a great venue at which to take in a race and fans were treated to 25 lead changes (the second most in track history) Saturday night. Frequent battles for the lead weren’t the only things making a Who’s Hot and Who’s Not masterpiece; minimal tire issues and a few hard wrecks also helped ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Talladega – Kansas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Talladega – Kansas Edition

Restrictor plate racing. It’s hard to describe the sensation it brings. Just when it appears evident that a dominant car/driver has prevailed, the field shuffles again.Brian Scott had it right when he said, “Love them or hate them, with the luck involved in superspeedway racing, you always feel like you have as good a shot as anybody.” Really, just about anyone can win a race at Talladega; history has proven that to be the case. Scott started on the pole Sunday, ... Read More »