Hot or Not: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! The boys of NASCAR made another trip out west, this time to Sin City. So who cashed in big, and who was a bust? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Hendrick Motorsports. J.J. won again, while Gordon came in second and Mark “The Kid” Martin finished fourth. Even Junior had a relatively good showing, ending the day in 16th. And the green grass grows all around, all around…

Not: Kurt Busch. The hometown boy started the weekend off by claiming the Pole award. Unfortunately, when you’re at the top, there’s only one place to go: Down. Kurt did just that, as he was the innocent victim of a Lap 100 accident.

Hot: Matt Kenseth. Since getting a new crew chief, Matt the Brat has finished no worse than 8th. He kept his momentum going in the desert, bringing home his first top 5 of the season.

Not: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. McMurray wrecked Montoya. Montoya called out McMurray. Both cars finished outside the top 30. There’s gonna be a team meeting this week.

Hot: Richard Childress Racing. Kevin Harvick still leads the standings, and RCR has yet to place a car outside the top 11 this season. The team brought home two more top 10 finishes in Vegas.

Not: The Kim Kardashian Car. I pledged to follow this car all weekend. Unfortunately, I only had to do so for 46 laps, before Mike Bliss(that’s the driver of the car) cut down a right-front tire and hit the wall. It’s a shame; that car was destined for the “Hot” section.

Hot: Joey Logano. If not for those darn Chevys, Logano would be the main topic of discussion right now. There’s a three-race span at the beginning of the season that says how well a driver will do that year. We’re two races into that span, and Logano’s worst finish during that span is 6th.

Not: Brian Vickers. Last years surprise Chase driver has not been hitting on all cylinders this season. In Vegas, the Red Bull driver finished 5 laps off the pace. 5. The sad part is that he’s consistently being out-driven by his teammate, Scott Speed.

Hot: Kasey Kahne. Kahne’s had good equipment all season. In Vegas, he finally figured out how to keep the car going straight, and earned his first top 10 of the season. Now let’s see if he can keep it up.

Not: Rookies. Terry Cook hasn’t made a race this season, and Kevin Conway isn’t doing much better. The Extense(yes, that’s his sponsor) driver has started two of the three races, with a best finish of 31st. Justin Allgaier? Trevor Bayne? Brian Scott? Are you guys about ready, yet?

Topics: Brian Vickers, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Hot Or Not, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Conway, Kim Kardashian, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Richard Childress Racing, Terry Cook

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