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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan – Bristol Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan – Bristol Edition

It might be a case of the Monday blues talking, but I’m noticing a trend this season. The trend being that road course races are providing the best quality races this season, with a healthy mixture of bumping and banging, rivalries, and storylines all mixed in. It’s a wonder there isn’t a road course in the Chase, let alone a couple more on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. Personally, I used to be a total road course snob but the last couple of seasons have turned me into a believer. Familiarity returned to the Sprint Cup Series with Kyle Busch pulling into Victory Lane, one of the “hot” drivers at this point of the season. What a great time to peak, too, with the Chase starting in just a few short weeks. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Hot In NASCAR: Watkins Glen – Michigan Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Hot In NASCAR: Watkins Glen – Michigan Edition

Tempers flared, rivalries were formed, and rain fell in a continuation of a season filled with drama, tension, and damaged racecars. And that was just the IndyCar race. But this is a NASCAR column, so we’ll discuss what happened in Watkins Glen. Rain, bent sheet metal, rain, short tempers, rain, and, well more rain. And fog. Lots of fog and visibility issues plagued the Cup Series race, which was moved to Monday following a downpour that began during pre-race ceremonies and continued for hours. The Nationwide Series even saw a little bit of a drizzle, but nothing substantial enough to stop the race. However, it was all definitely worth the wait with Marcos Ambrose becoming the fifth different first time Sprint Cup Series winner in 2011, a trend that I hope to see continue. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Pocono-Watkins Glen Edition

It came as a surprise to, well, no one when rain plagued both the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series races over the weekend at Pocono, a track that has about as much luck with weather issues as Jeremy Mayfield has with drug tests. It also came as a surprise to no one that Iowa Speedway once again put on the best show of the weekend, producing a finish that no one saw coming and won’t soon be forgotten. Kudos to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for growing a backbone and driving with that aggressive fire-in-the-belly attitude we all knew he had in him! Now if only Carl Edwards hadn’t re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing… Hot tempers, cooler temperatures, and tons of bent sheet metal aside, let’s take a look at the drivers with (and without) momentum heading out of Pocono and into the twists and turns that make up Watkins Glen. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Indianapolis – Pocono Edition

With six races to go until the NASCAR Sprint Chase for the Cup cut-off begins, the major NASCAR touring series all invaded Indianapolis with the big boys at the Brickyard and the Nationwide and Truck Series having their swan song at Lucas Oil Raceway Park. There was plenty of drama (and a couple of upset winners to boot). Now, we’ll see who’s “hot” and who’s “not” following Indy... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Off Week-Indianapolis Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Off Week-Indianapolis Edition

There is something to be said about a man who refers to his significant other as "my smokin’ hot wife" in a public prayer before thousands of spectators and millions of viewers. After all, doesn’t every woman dream of having a man who adores her enough to refer to her as "smokin’ hot" in front of millions of people, creating a media frenzy where her name will be played over and over, on news and sports broadcasts all over the country? No? Just me? Alrighty then… Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: New Hampshire-Off Week Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: New Hampshire-Off Week Edition

So, once again the Sprint Cup Series race came down to fuel mileage, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series race, and the Truck Series race was the best of the weekend? Yep. Seems like just another day at the office for NASCAR Nation. However, Busch would be too obvious of a choice for a “hot” driver, as would his fellow NASCAR winners this weekend, Ryan Newman and Matt Crafton. Congratulations to all three of them, but we’re going to take a look at some of the less obvious choices in this edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Kentucky-New Hampshire-Greg Biffle Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Kentucky-New Hampshire-Greg Biffle Edition

What did we learn from this weekend’s events from Kentucky Speedway? Well, first of all, if you are planning on adding over 40,000 seats to your facility, you might want to add more staff, parking spaces, supplies, etc. Somehow this seemingly obvious bit of information was lost on the higher-ups of Kentucky Speedway, who saw thousands of race fans arrive late because of parking or were turned away entirely because there was simply no more room. Not to mention reports of the track running out of food and drinks in certain concession stands _before the green flag even flew!_ To say the situation was a “clustermug” (for lack of a better word) is an understatement. However, amidst all of the negativity that was flying around Kentucky on Saturday night, a race was still being run and points were still being earned. Whether or not you were awake for any of it, a few more dominoes fell at that 1.5-mile oval and we’re here to take a look at the drivers either on hot streaks or those who need a little help in their numbers column. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Daytona-Kentucky Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In NASCAR: Daytona-Kentucky Edition

_Editor's Note: Summer Dreyer is on vacation this week. She'll be back next Tuesday._ The restrictor plate roulette wheel turned tragic Saturday for some of NASCAR's most successful superstars at Daytona. Between Dale Earnhardt, Jr. complaining over the sport's "pairs dancing" draft strategy, Carl Edwards poisoned by carbon monoxide and Ryan Newman involved in seemingly his 1,000th "Big One" accident, it was hard to find _anyone_ leaving the racetrack happy. But in any type of crapshoot race, someone has to come out on top and the David Ragan-Matt Kenseth duo led a list of drivers who have not only survived, but thrived as the summer Chase race starts heating up. Here's a look at some drivers to watch, both for the right _and_ wrong reasons as the Who's Hot / Who's Not In NASCAR crowd comes barreling into Kentucky this week... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Sonoma-Daytona Edition

Who’s Hot / Not in NASCAR: Sonoma-Daytona Edition

So after much deliberation and watching last weekend’s NASCAR races I have come to a stunning conclusion: the sport needs more road course events. I don’t know when road courses turned into the new short track, but following the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races at Road America and Infineon Raceway, respectively, more drivers were feuding following a single weekend than the entire rest of 2011 combined. Let’s recap. Following Road America, everyone and their mother was angry with Jacques Villeneuve, including these rather colorful tweets from Kevin Harvick: “That is why @27villeneuve should just quit driving NASCAR no sense..i hope @maxpapis punches his dumbass in the mouth..” and “No respect here in NASCAR for @27villeneuve same reason they kicked his dumbass out of f1..” Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

So we finally saw a finish that was not determined by fuel mileage, though it would have been had Dale Earnhardt, Jr. not smacked the wall with less than 10 laps to go. My question is, why was the caution called for Earnhardt’s brush with the wall when Kevin Harvick had done the same thing just a few laps earlier and the race stayed green? These inconsistent calls have been getting under the skin of fans for a while now, and specifically when it comes to Earnhardt. Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but even I have begun paying attention to what generates a call to the flagman to wave the yellow and what doesn’t. The bottom line seems to come down to the fact that the final call is NASCAR’s, and if they don’t see a need for a yellow, they won’t throw it. I’d just love to know what exactly that “need” is. Read More »