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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 »

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

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

The Sprint Cup Series lit up the night in Richmond Saturday (April 26). Four of NASCAR’s best drivers put on an unforgettable show over the final laps before the most unlikely of the bunch ran away with the win. No matter; they each continued to lay the foundations for potential playoff pushes. Fire was a major issue for many of those who struggled. Several cars were laid to waste after tire failures ignited their bodywork. Those drivers will hope that ... Read More »

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

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

Let’s get this one out of the way first: there was no NASCAR race to cover over Easter weekend. Sad, isn’t it? No worries, Hot or Not isn’t taking a break. Instead, here’s what to expect when the Sprint Cup Series returns to action at Richmond International Raceway in the coming days. Note: drivers featured in last week’s edition aren’t highlighted this time around. The rules are set, so here’s Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: HOT Carl Edwards is the perfect leadoff candidate. Not only has Edwards been ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Texas-Darlington Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Texas-Darlington Edition

The Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway marked the second time that the Sprint Cup Series has visited a 1.5-mile track in seven races this season. Truth be told, there were clear similarities between the results from the Lone Star State and Las Vegas. Some organizations have the 1.5-milers figured out, while others encountered struggles that were all-too-similar to those seen in the desert earlier this season. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not highlights the harsh realities of faulty ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Martinsville-Texas Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Martinsville-Texas Edition

There’s a reason that Martinsville Speedway, the only residual NASCAR charter member, has been a fixture on the Sprint Cup schedule for the last 64 years: the tiny track continues to provide exhilarating action, and Sunday’s STP 500 was no exception. Drivers took to tight door-to-door beating and banging with a grandfather clock on the line, in a race that proved that pre-race favorites are just that; once the race starts, all bets are off. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that things ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Auto Club – Martinsville Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Auto Club – Martinsville Edition

Auto Club Speedway — once a “cookie-cutter” track in every sense of the term — has developed a unique identity, becoming notorious for exciting racing as its pavement has worn. The trade-off is accelerated tire wear caused by the tar-filled seams and rough, bumpy areas that populate the two-mile oval. Goodyear’s current Fontana tire compound was under constant stress on Sunday, its third appearance, and aggressive camber settings only increased the high amount of flats and blowouts that occurred in ... Read More »

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

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

Bristol Motor Speedway presents a unique, early-season test for the Sprint Cup Series. The tightly packed, 0.533-mile bullring offers plenty of opportunities for passing, yet very little room for error. Those who kept their cars in good health were able to take advantage of NASCAR’s first scheduled short track. Of course, keeping the car in one piece was the biggest challenge. Bondo usage was all too common among even top teams. Accidents collected frontrunners even though they were not the ... Read More »

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

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

Tornadoes threatened the Daytona 500, but conditions were near-perfect in the desert Sunday. Nearly 27 years after a lightning strike ignited the main grandstand at Phoenix International Raceway, there was plenty of sunshine for The Profit onCNBC 500k. The track transformed into a refreshing desert oasis for certain drivers troubled by Daytona results, yet still, some found no relief in the first stop of the Sprint Cup Series’ West Coast journey. To turn things around, they may be tempted to take ... Read More »

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

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

The Daytona 500 got off to a blazing start. It became apparent from the beginning that all three lanes could sustain action, a definite improvement over last season’s races at the track. All seemed balanced and just in the NASCAR universe… then the rains came. A six hour and 22 minute weather delay did little to slow the action once drivers got back onto the track Sunday night, however. In fact, the cars were faster under the lights than they ... Read More »