The boys of NASCAR were in Hotlanta this week, and the action was just that: Hot. So which drivers were on fire in Atlanta and which ones may be in hot water? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kurt Busch. Kurt won the Battle of the Beers with Kasey Kahne and showed that his ’09 performance was no fluke, as he backed it up with a “W” in the “ATL”. Watch out for the Miller Lite driver in two weeks when the series goes to his favorite track: Bristol!
Not: Brad Keselowski. While his teammate was making headlines for all the right reasons, Brad K. was making them for all the wrong reasons. Upside-down and in the wall? He deserved the payback, but not like that.
Hot: Matt Kenseth. Here’s a stat for you: Matt Kenseth hasn’t finished outside the top 10 yet this decade. The crew chief change is looking pretty good, as Matt sits 2nd in the standings.
Not: Carl Edwards. If you like payback, then you loved what Edwards did to Keselowski in Atlanta. But it was wrong. Very wrong. And if NASCAR decides to take drastic measures, one can’t hold it against them. The question now becomes, will we even see Carl in Bristol?
Hot: Juan Pablo Montoya. If anybody needed a good run this week, it was Montoya. After two DNFs in the first three races, Montoya flexed his muscles in Atlanta and showed that he will be a contender again in 2010.
Not: Mark Martin. Martin got out of his camper Sunday morning and realized it was too warm outside for it to be Atlanta in March. So when he left the track, The Hendrick crew had to replace him with an ARCA rookie, who forgot to slow down when his spotter cried “Caution’s out!!!” after a multi-car wreck with two laps to go.
Hot: Richard Petty Motorsports. Kasey Kahne is for real this season. AJ Allmendinger showed some promise in Atlanta, finishing 6th. And how about Paul Menard? His 5th-place run on Sunday puts him in the top 10 in points for the first time in his career.
Not: David Reutimann. The Reuti-fans were getting pretty excited for awhile, as David had the Aarons Dream Machine in the top 10 for most of the day. But the dream turned into a nightmare when Rudi’s engine went kaput.
Hot: Scott Speed. Another solid run for the Speedster on Sunday, as Scott earned his first top 10 of the year. Don’t look now, but the Red Bull driver is in a Chase spot after 4 races.
Not: Jamie McMurray. The Daytona 500 winner ticked off his teammate last week. This week, he ticked off a few more drivers by causing a 7-car wreck with two laps to go. You’d best start believing in curses, because the Curse of the Daytona 500 Winner is real.