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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Allstate 400 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Allstate 400 Edition

Tire problems provided an interesting twist to this week's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, allowing a number of teams to utilize pit strategy to capture unexpectedly strong finishes. One of those teams, the No. 84 of A.J. Allmendinger, came home 10th, giving him his first Top 10 and the best two-race stretch of his career. Up front, the suspense was far less dramatic. Jimmie Johnson was the strongest car and took home his second win of the season -- becoming just the second man to win a stock car race at Indy from the pole. But behind the No. 48, who else had good runs? And with Chase bids on the line, who fell victim to tire problems out of their control? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup to find out how things are shaping up with just six races left until the playoffs. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Pre-Brickyard 400 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Pre-Brickyard 400 Edition

As teams approach one of the most prestigious races in the Sprint Cup Series and fans and drivers are refreshed following a rare off weekend, it's a perfect opportunity to recognize some of the streakiest drivers heading into this year's Brickyard 400. Of course, one man has been in a league of his own all season - but another driver has surprised in mirroring Kyle Busch's points total over the past nine races. Who is that famous wheelman giving Busch a run for his money? And who's season is suddenly running on life support after a strong early start? See who are some of the worst drivers in the series as of late, and who has an opportunity to kiss the bricks on Sunday by checking 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: Save Mart 350K Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Save Mart 350K Edition

The Sprint Cup Series' first trip to a road course this season was supposed to provide drivers who typically don't run near the front the opportunity to make a statement. But while drivers like Marcos Ambrose and Ron Fellows appeared to have cars capable of Top 10 finishes, it was the usual frontrunners near the top of the leaderboard by the time the day was over -- including race winner Kyle Busch. Busch got back on track this weekend after two poor finishes, but who else stayed "HOT" this week? And what teams near the bottom of the Top 35 appeared to have a shot this weekend at a road course, but still struggled? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup to find out. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* Why there was talk about Lil’ Busch struggling on the Cup side, I really don’t understand. Busch proved the critics wrong, winning the first road course race of his young career this weekend and extending his points lead to 103 over Jeff Burton. Busch finished 43rd at Pocono and 13th at Michigan this month, but ran up front in both events before crashing out two weeks ago and coming from the back last week. With all of his focus on the Cup effort now -- Busch abandoned plans to run for the Nationwide and Truck Series titles -- it’s scary to think of what the No. 18 is capable of for the rest of the season. Read More »

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

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

Pit strategy, pit strategy, and more pit strategy; in what became a 500-mile parade with little passing, Pocono’s race became won or lost by the men behind the wall. For those who made the right calls at the right times, a final restart on lap 181 put them in perfect position to succeed; for others, faulty fuel stops left them agonizing deep in the back of the pack. Through it all, Kasey Kahne stayed above the fray – simply because that No. 9 car was in a league of its own. Building a lead of almost ten seconds over its nearest competitors, the Budweiser Dodge cruised home to victory over Brian Vickers, scoring its second win in the last three races as Kahne solidified his hold on a spot in the Chase. Who else is on track to follow in his footsteps -- and which guys find any chance at the playoffs slipping from their grasp? Read this week’s version of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not to find out. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Best Buy 400 Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Best Buy 400 Edition

The notorious “Monster Mile” jumped out and attacked the competition Sunday when Elliott Sadler came down on the No. 38 of David Gilliland on Lap 18, triggering a massive pileup that ended the days for a number of Chase contenders before they could even get into a rhythm. Aside from Sadler’s blunder, though, it was Kyle Busch who once again stole the headlines by claiming his fourth win of the season. Busch is undoubtedly the hottest driver in the series right now; but how does his start stack up against Jimmie Johnson’s impressive start to 2007? Check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup to find out, as well as which of our Top 12 contenders were able to take the multi-car crash in stride ... or be forced to face the consequences (and the carnage) head on. Read More »

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 »