Hey fans! The 2010 NASCAR season got off to a roaring start Saturday night in the Budweiser Shootout. So who got the season started off right, and who came out not lookin’ so good? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kevin Harvick. Happy Harvick didn’t see the Daytona pavement until the Shootout parade laps due to a flu bug. But that didn’t stop him from tearing up the show and cruising to his second consecutive Shootout win, becoming just the fourth driver to do so.
Not: Kurt Busch. The Bud Shootout was not a welcome race for the driver of the Miller Lite car. The elder Busch wrecked his primary car in practice, and then his backup in the race. Not a good start to the season for Dodge’s flagship driver.
Hot: Kasey Kahne. The single biggest question of the offseason not surrounding a Hendrick-related driver was “How will Kasey Kahne do in a Ford?” After his runner-up showing in the Bud Shootout, I’d have to say that the Bud car looks pretty good.
Not: Roush-Fenway Racing. Granted, Edwards, Kenseth, and Biffle all ran really well all night long. But the team as a whole has already gone through 4 race cars, and we’re not even to the first points race yet.
Hot: Jamie McMurray. The reunion with his old team didn’t begin well. McMurray finished dead last in class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and then crashed his primary car in the first Shootout practice. But McMurray showed Saturday night that he is for real, as he ran top 5 all night long en-route to a 3rd place finish.
Not: Jeff Burton. The Mayor looked really good in practice. But when the green flag dropped, most of NASCAR Nation forgot that the Cat car existed. That is, until he spun it out about halfway through the race after he cut a tire. All-in-all, not a good start to the season for the veteran.
Hot: Mark Martin. The Kid won the pole for the 500 and is showing that he still has quite a bit of speed. The only problem for Martin is…
Not: Mark Martin. No, this is not a typo. Martin co-created a 6-car crash in the first Shootout practice and totaled his primary car. Then he hooked Kurt Busch in the Shootout, ending his day. Finally, Martin destroyed his backup car in an accident with two laps to go in the Shootout. Yikes!
Hot: Joey Logano. Could the ’10s be off to a much better start for Logano? First, he wins the Bodine Bobsled Challenge. Then, he dominates the Toyota All-Star Showdown. Finally, he stays out of trouble in the Shootout and winds up with his first Shootout top 10. This 19-year old is growing up before our eyes, people.
Not: Ryan Newman. Like Martin, he hooked a car during the Shootout and ended his day. Also, like Martin, he was involved the big crash with two laps to go. But, unlike Martin, he didn’t make a splash in the Shootout. He really didn’t even look good. If Newman is to repeat his 2009 success, he’ll have to pick things up.