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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 Edition

In the past, the extra 100 miles that make the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR’s longest event has proved to add an extra dimension to an already grueling race. This year was no different, as it wasn't how you started but how you finished that made the difference. It seemed that every driver who ran up front ran into problems -- and in the end, Kasey Kahne survived for the victory only after Tony Stewart succumbed to tire problems three laps from the finish. Kahne moves into the Top 12 in points this week with his first win in 52 starts, and appears to be picking up momentum after winning the All-Star race last week. But will his breakthrough win be enough to put him in this week’s “HOT” list? Check out the latest edition of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup below to find out. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Dodge Challenger 500 Edition

Despite a different track surface, it was the same ol' Darlington Saturday night, with the Lady in Black’s walls jumping out and biting drivers on several occasions ... including race winner Kyle Busch. But while there were some adjustments made to the track, adjustments made to this week’s “HOT” list are minimal. Kyle Busch continues to dominate. while Junior Nation continues to enjoy the success of the No. 88 team with another top 5. Still, two new drivers are featured in this week’s “WARM” and “COLD” lists heading into All-Star weekend. There may not be a points-paying race next week, but it’s still an opportunity for struggling teams to find some extra speed before the Coca-Cola 600. To see who some of those teams are, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* This man is flat out unstoppable right now. Top 10s in five consecutive races -- with Top 3s in four of them -- to go along with a win this week keeps Busch at the top of the standings. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 Edition

Under the lights on a wild Saturday night, sparks flew and fans booed. A controversial accident between Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. made headlines, but it was Clint Bowyer who left Richmond with a victory. It was Bowyer's second career win, but Junior's winless streak extended another week. All four contenders this weekend made this week's "HOT" list, but who could go for a good run at Darlington? One thing's for sure, two defending champions are having unexpectedly difficult seasons. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* Busch was already disliked by several NASCAR fans, but by taking out Dale Earnhardt Jr. while going for the lead this weekend at Richmond, the aggressive driver enraged the core of fans in Junior Nation. Let’s get this straight – the wreck was not intentional. It was simply a matter of Busch being too aggressive and it unfortunately took a win away from NASCAR’s most popular driver. Finishing second, Busch moves back atop the points standings with his fourth straight Top 2 finish after winning last week at Talladega. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup : Aaron’s 499 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup : Aaron’s 499 Edition

Anything can – and as we saw Sunday – will happen at Talladega. The new car provided exciting racing for the fans and good runs for some drivers, but headaches for others. Drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Travis Kvapil had surprisingly strong finishes while Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards’ days ended early with tire problems, more evidence that the superspeedway is a crapshoot. With a wildcard like Talladega, it’s hard for some of the hotter drivers to stay out of trouble at risk of the “Big One.” Come in and see who survived and stayed on this week’s HOT list and who could really go for a good run at Richmond. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* The younger Busch is beginning to look like he did at the start of the season. After finishes of 17th and 38th at the short tracks, Busch has three consecutive top 10s including a win this weekend at Talladega that almost got away. A near crash that displayed his amazing car control skills, a controversial pass below the yellow line and a last lap caution all went Kyle’s way in this week’s victory. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Samsung 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Samsung 500 Edition

It's been awhile since there's been a scary accident in any of NASCAR's three premier series; so, needless to say, Michael McDowell's qualifying crash raised a few eyebrows when it comes to safety in the sport. It's a wreck he could have easily not walked away from; but luckily, the improvements have left more than a few people impressed with the sport's new car, along with McDowell both fully intact and counting his blessings. This week, the "HOTTEST" people on this list are the individuals who developed the particular safety equipment that just may have saved McDowell's life; none of us can thank you enough. On the other end of the spectrum, McDowell is one that's stuck to the "COLD" list, with his second rough outing in as many weeks at Texas. But as bad of a week as the rookie has had, trust me; Kyle Petty's was worse. To see who else is on the list this week, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Goody’s Cool Orange 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Goody’s Cool Orange 500 Edition

In this short season, Denny Hamlin has asserted himself as one of the stronger drivers on short tracks. After nearly winning at Bristol two weeks ago before a fuel pickup problem relegated him to a sixth place finish in the closing laps, Hamlin made his way to Victory Lane at his home track this weekend, earning his first and Joe Gibbs Racing's second win of the year. With back-to-back Top 10 finishes, Hamlin claims a spot on this week's *HOT* list alongside JGR teammate Tony Stewart; but who else is deserving of the recognition? On the flip side, Michael McDowell had an impressive first two-thirds of the race, but received some criticism after the event for racing the leaders too hard in the closing laps. Where does the rookie fall after his debut start? Was he wrong or right? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup to find out. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Food City 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Food City 500 Edition

As Jeff Burton took the white flag for what would soon be the 40-year-old driver's first victory since April of last year, the UPS No. 44 car crawled along the apron as the eventual winner passed. It was *Dale Jarrett's* final lap in a Sprint Cup points race, and just as the 1999 champion had done since his first start in 1984, the 51-year-old raced with respect and gave the leaders room. Few drivers are as respected among the NASCAR garage as Jarrett -- but ironically, Sunday's Food City 500 winner was among that elite group, too. As fate would have it, the same driver who raced clean and accepted a second place finish to Kyle Busch at Bristol one year ago had the race fall into his lap when leader *Denny Hamlin* fell off the pace with a fuel pickup problem a lap and a half from the finish. Now armed with 20 career wins, Burton has emerged as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit, off to the same solid start that propelled him to a spot in the Chase last year. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Nextel Cup : Las Vegas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Nextel Cup : Las Vegas Edition

In what was a much smoother race weekend than the on again / off again rain debacle last weekend in California, the story in Vegas wound up with a similar ending. As the checkered flag flew, it was Carl Edwards once again winding up in Victory Lane, cementing his status as the hottest driver in the Cup series right out of the box. But who else left Vegas with a boatload of cash and momentum? And on the flip side, who's currently in gambling purgatory -- needing good runs in the next two weeks to steer clear of the dreaded Top 35 bubble position in car owner points? To see the latest trends in Sprint Cup, as well as what to expect next Sunday in Atlanta, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not. *HOT* *Carl Edwards:* Owww! Sorry, had to grab the extinguisher because Edwards' season is giving me 3rd-degree burns … and we're 1,000 miles away from him right now. Two wins in his last two starts have Cousin Carl leading the standings for the first time in his Cup career; with a 21-point lead over Kyle Busch, his No. 99 team has revitalized Roush Fenway Racing while giving hope that the Blue Oval crowd ain't dead yet. Don't expect this bunch to keel over anytime soon on the track, either; Edwards captured his first career Cup win at Atlanta three years ago, and has six Top 10 finishes in seven career starts at the track. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Nextel Cup : Auto Club 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Nextel Cup : Auto Club 500 Edition

The warm, sunny, and beautiful weather conditions commonly associated with California were replaced this weekend by rain, rain and well…more rain. After little practice time and a washed out qualifying session, NASCAR made a number of futile attempts to run the Cup race on Sunday before finally - at 2 a.m. EST - postponing the race. The schedule may have been thrown out of whack, but when the green flag finally flew again Monday afternoon it was typical California racing - boring - and the usual cast of characters up front. With the win, *Carl Edwards* recorded Roush Fenway's fourth consecutive Spring race win at the 2-mile oval, while Jimmie Johnson followed up his win in the Fall race last year with a second place run in his return to his home track. It was a long week for drivers, teams, and fans alike; but for some in particular, the weekend couldn't have been any longer. At the same time, other drivers followed up great runs at Daytona with solid efforts again this week, becoming some of the select few happy to be in Ontario in the first place. To see who was basking in the California sun Monday afternoon and who simply couldn't wait to get home, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Daytona 500 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Daytona 500 Edition

For three months the anticipation built up in preparation for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, all the way up until the green flag flew over 43 of the world's best drivers to kick off the 2008 season Sunday afternoon. The expected Hendrick Motorsports dominance was overshadowed by the success of Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota with *Tony Stewart*, *Kyle Busch* and *Denny Hamlin* each taking turns at the front of the field while only one Hendrick car finished in the Top 25. As the closing laps came winding down, it was two drivers who hadn't necessarily been contenders for the majority of the race who teamed up for a 1-2 finish. The Penske cars of *Kurt Busch* and *Ryan Newman* are obviously two of the hottest cars coming out of Daytona, but who else is satisfied with their performance in the Great American Race? Who is already behind the 8-ball after just one race? Come in and find out in this week's edition of Who's/ Who's Not in Sprint Cup. Read More »