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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 »

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

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

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is ready to pick up where it left off last season. Defending champion Jimmie Johnson is the driver to beat in 2014 after rediscovering his title touch last year. Johnson starts his championship defense at Daytona International Speedway, where he is also the defending winner of the biggest race in NASCAR. As Speedweeks picks up the pace, there are familiar faces that have already made an impact on the early days of the new season, ... Read More »

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

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

After rain shortened the running of the Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon, Mother Nature struck again once the Sprint Cup Series took the track Sunday. The Aaron’s 499 may have taken most of the day to complete after a 3.5 hour weather delay, but nothing could dampen the 2.66-mile track’s ability to produce unpredictable finishes. In the end, David Ragan crossed the finish line first after a daring set of moves left him ahead of the pack during the green-white-checker scenario brought about by the second massive crash of the afternoon. 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

Richmond International Raceway hosted the most unpredictable race of the season to date last weekend as the field was shuffled more than once before the checkered flag waved. Juan Pablo Montoya appeared to be ready to snap a multi-year winless streak before a late caution for Brian Vickers mixed up the leaders for a final time. In the end, Kevin Harvick was able to surpass Jeff Burton and others during the resulting green-white-checker sequence to claim his first victory of the season, and third ever at the 0.75-mile track. Read More »

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

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

Now that the checkered flag has flown over an eventful final weekend at the “World Center of Racing,” the Sprint Cup Series season is finally kicking into high gear. Jimmie Johnson finds himself in a familiar position atop the standings after Race 1 of 36, leading NASCAR’s premier drivers westward towards the desert oasis of Phoenix International Raceway. While defending champion Brad Keselowski managed to maintain the blistering pace, other perennial favorites must now pick up the pieces after faltering early. Here’s the rundown on where they presently stand in this post-Daytona 500 edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. Read More »

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

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

While much of America only begins to recover from winter, NASCAR is already off to a blazing start under the sun of Daytona Beach. With the Sprint Unlimited and qualifying for the Great American Race already in the books, the action continues to heat up in preparation for the much anticipated Budweiser Duels. This Speedweeks edition of *Who's Hot and Who's Not* shows that many of the usual restrictor plate racing suspects have already emerged at the historic superspeedway leading up to Sunday’s main event, while other favorites have yet to thaw out. Here's who's on their way to a strong start for 2013... Read More »