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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Phoenix Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Phoenix Edition

For the first time this year, the winner of the race was actually eligible for points … in the Sprint Cup Series at least. Jeff Gordon broke a 66-race winless streak, whilst keeping Kyle Busch from sweeping another weekend (he became the first driver to sweep an entire weekend across all three national series last August at Bristol Motor Speedway). Busch finished second and holds a three-point advantage over brother Kurt heading into their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Reed Sorenson gained control of the Nationwide Series standings after finishing fifth in the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 since Landon Cassill was without a ride this weekend. He has a five point advantage over second place Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Daytona 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Daytona 500 Edition

_Unpredictable. That one word sums up the entire Daytona weekend, from the photo finishes in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series races to Trevor Bayne scoring his first NASCAR victory—in any of NASCAR's top three series—to win the Daytona 500 at just 20 years old, the youngest 500 winner in the race's 53-year history._ _But while Bayne will most definitely be taking the spotlight this week—and he should!—other drivers had runs worth mentioning (or worrying about) that you may not have noticed in all the excitement. So, without further ado ... here's this week's edition of Who's Hot and Who's Not around the NASCAR circuit._ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Budweiser Shootout Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Budweiser Shootout Edition

Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway marked the unofficial start to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and already we have some controversy. After a record-breaking 28 lead changes (the previous record was 24 in 2009), this race's final lap came down to a four-car shootout between Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Denny Hamlin. Busch, Hamlin, and Newman crossed the start/finish line three-wide, with Hamlin crossing first but Busch being awarded the victory after NASCAR determined Hamlin made an illegal pass below the yellow line. Daytona 500 qualifying was also held over the weekend, and while starting positions don’t typically mean much to the race, cars were back on track and after the offseason that’s all fans want, right?! Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR : Homestead-2011 Edition

_Sad But true: the 2010 racing season, for all intents and purposes, is over. Sure, we'll see ten drivers polish off their skills in public speaking, reading off a script this December before trying to gamble millions' worth of salary away in Las Vegas. But for all intents and purposes, the NASCAR circus has ended its Ringling Brothers Tour, a three-month hiatus hopefully building towards the excitement of a new-age, newly-repaved Daytona 500 in February._ _Certainly, the hottest drivers concluding the season are easy to figure out: Carl Edwards (two straight wins), Jimmie Johnson (five straight titles), and other series champs Brad Keselowski (Nationwide) and Todd Bodine (Trucks). But before we close the book on the season, it's time to recognize several others who have made an under-the-radar impact, one they hope can carry over into the limelight of center stage come 2011. It's the runs you might not have noticed - buried underneath "points as of now" - that now have my attention for a moment before a long winter's hibernation. Oh, and we'll talk about some pink slips too, an ugly necessity for a column always titled Who's Hot ... and Who's Not._ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Everyone BUT The Big Three

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Everyone BUT The Big Three

_Thanksgiving may be next up on the Holiday Hit List, but don’t be fooled; I just heard Christmas music on the radio today for the first time (God help us all). That scary pop Holiday cover did get me to thinking, though … with you poor millions of fans about to be bombarded with 5,000,000 columns on the Big Three and who’s got the edge heading to Homestead, me included, it’s high time you got an early holiday present of one column in which the *”Oh My God! Best Chase in history ever let’s all bow down to the magic of the championship unfolding before us season finale!”* wasn’t mentioned at all. So guess what? Here’s my Hot / Not gift from me to you, a guided tour away from all things Chase, Fed Ex, Lowe’s and Pennzoil into the world of other drivers whose seasons – and coverage – in the minds of many ended weeks ago. So sit back, enjoy, and take in some long overdue updates in the latest edition of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR._ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Texas – Phoenix Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Texas – Phoenix Edition

_Three drivers. Two races. One championship. However, they're far from the only major storylines as the Sprint Cup season heads to a whirlwind close over the next two weeks. Let's not waste any time after an action-packed Texas; instead, it's time to figure out who's in the best position to capitalize on their late-season success -- or run from their failures -- with Who's Hot / Who's Not in NASCAR._ *GUARDEDLY OPTIMISTIC* *Denny Hamlin* - Here we are, 13 days before the end of the Sprint Cup season and Jimmie Johnson’s ironclad grip on the Sprint Cup title has finally been hospitalized in critical condition. That’s courtesy one priority overnight Fed Ex knockout punch, Denny Hamlin packing a Texas tornado in the form of a season sweep that left Johnson 33 points behind and suddenly the underdog in a Chase that was on the verge of being named in his honor. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega-Texas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega-Texas Edition

_Good morning race fans, and happy Tuesday to all of you! Hopefully, everyone enjoyed another wild one at Talladega as we gear up for a crucial race at Texas Motor Speedway. It has now become an official three-man competition for the championship. After his second-place finish on Sunday, Kevin Harvick moved to 38 points out of the lead – meaning he controls his own destiny with just three races left. For Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson, winning out gives them the Sprint Cup title in a battle that's bound to go down to the wire. For every other driver, the rest of the season is all about ending on a high note, as for some it is even an audition for a ride for next year. Let’s look at who is turning up the wick and who is not in this week’s edition of Hot/Not._ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville Edition

_Good morning, race fans and happy Tuesday! We are that much closer to the next race! After Sunday's thriller at Martinsville, I am sure that it has left everyone excited/nervous about Talladega this weekend. Obviously, we have Jimmie Johnson doing his usual thing in the Chase, and while many expected Denny Hamlin to give Johnson a run for his money this year, I don't think anyone actually thought he would be six points out of the lead this late in the game. Then, we have guys such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, and Kurt Busch who are all but out of the championship hunt. Will we see them start preparing for next year, or will they go all out in the final four races, influencing the championship outcome while they do it? The last short track event has left many fuming, but let’s see who’s really on fire in this week’s edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not._ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: New Hampshire-Dover Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: New Hampshire-Dover Edition

_One down, nine to go. For better or for worse, NASCAR’s ten-race playoff began with a better-than-expected start, bumper cars and backfiring pit strategies leaving fans entertained after Clint Bowyer nearly made a mockery of it all early in the going. And as expected, the start of the Chase meant the return of Cinderella, granting slippers to not only the winner but several drivers in the 43-car field that need a little magic themselves to get their act together for 2011._ _Who’s sitting pretty for their postseason push, and who’s ready to choose start-and-parking over having to run the rest of the year? My friends, that’s why we have this little table we’ve titled Who’s Hot / Who’s Not. Let’s get started…_ Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Richmond-New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Richmond-New Hampshire Edition

_In the words of Jim Mora: “Playoffs! You want to talk about playoffs? You kidding me?”_ _That’s the reaction of the majority of the NASCAR fan base nowadays, but like it or not, the seventh edition of the postseason format is finally upon us. Has it really been that long since Matt Kenseth lulled us to sleep in 2003, a one-win season causing sheer panic in the offices of Daytona Beach that led us to the current contraption we have now? Once a shiny new Mercedes, the Chase seems sold to us by that shady used car place where they didn’t tell you it had been through an accident, has a faulty transmission, and “new” tires with 50,000 miles already on them._ Read More »