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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Edition

2015 Martinsville I CUP Denny Hamlin credit Amy Henderson

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Burnouts (Hot) The short tracks are one place where the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have excelled this season. First, there was Denny Hamlin getting the win at Martinsville a couple of weeks ago. Then, in what turned out to be a Sunday night race,  Matt Kenseth scored his first win of the season (and first in …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Just when you begin to wonder if the No. 48 team might just slightly be losing its edge, it bounces back to remind us that it can be better than ever. Jimmie Johnson’s second win of the Sprint Cup season Saturday night at Texas sent a not so subtle message that said, “Hey …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Since the Sprint Cup series was off this past weekend due to the holidays, it’s just a little more difficult to tell who is hot and who is not. Maybe it should be who hasn’t cooled off after Martinsville. One driver that will continue to be on the favorites list each week is …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

2015 Martinsville I CUP stands credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

This version of the column is a little different this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville as a fan. So here goes. Burnouts (On Fire) Yes, for once, let’s give the winner of Sunday’s race, Denny Hamlin, some kudos for his post-race burnout. Sure, you can watch …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Timing can be everything in life, so when Brad Keselowski charged to the front on the final lap Sunday afternoon at Fontana, he put himself on the hot list. Keselowski has been pretty good this year, but not quite good enough to make it to victory lane. It appeared that was going to …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Burnouts, yes, Kevin Harvick knows all about burnouts lately. He’s had plenty of practice, winning the last two races, and looking back to last year, he’s won four of the last six. If you go back a little more, he’s been first or second in each of the last seven races and he’s led an astounding …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Phoenix Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) So just how hot are Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team right now? To quote an old song from a performer named RedCloud, “It’s hot, real hot. How hot? 102, the devil wouldn’t want to stand next you.” And right now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup world, everyone is standing in line …

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Axalta Coating Systems to Sponsor Regan Smith at Phoenix

2014 Richmond II NNS Regan Smith CIA

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On Thursday, JR Motorsports announced that Axalta Coating Systems will serve as the primary sponsor of Regan Smith‘s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series at Phoenix International Raceway.  The company’s Cromax division, which is a line of paints specifically designed for collision repair shops, will be spotlighted on the quarterpanels of the otherwise …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Las Vegas Edition

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Now that we are two races into the NASCAR season, we can’t say something is a trend, but what we can say is that it after two races the drivers who are off to good starts aren’t going to give them back. And the drivers who are off to slow starts don’t like where they …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Atlanta Edition

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Burnouts (hot) Of course you’ve got Joey Logano, a first-time winner of the Daytona 500. The good thing about this win for the 24-year-old is that he had one of the top three or four strongest cars all day and this was not a fluke victory. This win continues the momentum for the Penske Racing …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Daytona 500 Edition

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Editor’s Note: Jeff Wolfe takes over our Hot/Not column this year. Come back every Tuesday to see his take on the sport along with which NASCAR drivers are trending up… or down over the last few weeks of racing. Burnouts (Hot) Matt Kenseth went without a win in 2014, so maybe his victory in the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead – Offseason Edition

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The Sprint Cup season is over, and it’s hard to let it go. The new Chase format gave new reason to religiously follow each of the final 10 races, while Homestead-Miami Speedway provided the perfect setting to finish off the year. After all, it’s tough to beat 80-degree weather in mid-November. This edition of Who’s …

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