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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Talladega-Off Week Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Talladega-Off Week Edition

Eight races into the season, the Sprint Cup Series takes a breather for just the second time as we're all able to sit back, relax, and evaluate what's happened to date. For some drivers, though, they wish we were racing this Sunday simply to continue the momentum after a fantastic finish at Talladega left their teams - and their Chase chances - sitting in high gear. Who were those guys, and can they keep that positive mojo rolling through a two-week period where racing will be the last thing on their minds? And how about the other side, teams ready for a month's vacation after a season that hasn't gone their way? Find out who's at the forefront of those two extremes right now in the latest edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not. Read More »

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

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

So, did everyone enjoy Sunday off? Last weekend, Texas Motor Speedway held their first night race weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race running on Friday night and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following on Saturday night the next day. While this wasn’t the first time TMS had a race ending under the lights, it was the first official night race at the track and all the competitors enjoyed Sunday afternoon away from the racetrack. I had a family member in town, so it was nice to be able to spend some time catching up. What did you do on Sunday without a race? Read More »

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

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

“SO close!” was the cry echoed by Junior Nation after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. saw the chance at victory slip from his grasp this weekend at Martinsville—but he still beat Kyle Busch, so that’s something right? Earnhardt took the lead from Busch with 20 laps to go and held it until Kevin Harvick moved by him with just four laps remaining. Earnhardt barely beat Busch to the start/finish line for second place, with the two drivers finishing side-by-side and Earnhardt edging out Busch for the runner up spot. Both drivers were obviously disappointed, though Harvick was less than sympathetic after stealing the victory for the second week in a row. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup:  Fontana-Martinsville Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Fontana-Martinsville Edition

Fontana? Boring? Say it ain’t so! Alright, so Sunday’s race was about as exciting as watching dandelions grow until about 50 laps to go. However, Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was a bit more competitive since Kyle Busch wasn’t near as dominant as he was in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event (when was the last time you heard THAT?!), and Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick were slicing and dicing for the lead for a majority of the race. Plus, who didn’t love seeing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. running with and _beating_ the Cup Series regulars? Eventually, Busch won the Nationwide Series race thanks to a brilliant two tire call by crew chief Jason Ratcliff on the final pitstop. Busch looked to be well on his way to his second weekend sweep in a row after leading 151 of 200 laps in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, but a late race caution brought Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson right to his back bumper and he would finish third. Meanwhile, Harvick used a last lap shove down the backstretch to show five-time champion Johnson how it’s done. Harvick won his first race at his home track, while Johnson had to settle for second. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Bristol-Fontana Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Bristol-Fontana Edition

If Bristol held a racing weekly series, Kyle Busch would probably be the five-time champion rather than Jimmie Johnson. Busch has won five straight races at Bristol Motor Speedway across all three of NASCAR’s national series, leaving countless Busch haters pounding their head against the wall repeatedly and flushing their M&M’s down the toilet. No question, Busch is obviously the "hottest" driver in the sport right now. But with so much written about him, let’s go ahead and take a look at a few of the drivers who have flown under the radar a little bit in 2011. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: “Off Week” Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: “Off Week” Edition

Both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series were off this weekend, but there was no shortage of action as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series headed to Darlington Raceway for the Too Tough To Tame 200. Kasey Kahne dominated the event, winning the race by 1.116 sec. over second-place Ron Hornaday, Jr. Todd Bodine finished third, Matt Crafton was fourth, and James Buescher rounded out the top 5. Crafton’s top 5 run allowed him to retain the points lead, leading by six points over second-place Cole Whitt. Timothy Peters moved up two spots in the standings after finishing sixth and is now seven points out of the lead. Clay Rogers dropped two positions to fourth while Johnny Sauter rounds out the top 5. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Las Vegas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Las Vegas Edition

While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enjoyed a week off, both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series were back in action again this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Sam’s Town 300 and the Kobalt Tools 400, respectively. Mark Martin used fuel strategy to his advantage to pull off the Nationwide Series win, beating out Justin Allgaier by a margin of victory of 1.221 seconds. 2010 Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski finished third, while Danica Patrick recorded the highest finishing position for a female driver in the history of NASCAR in the fourth position. 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne rounded out the top 5. Read More »

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 »