Hot or Not: Atlanta


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.

Tags: Brad Keselowski Carl Edwards David Reutimann Hot Or Not Jamie McMurray Juan Pablo Montoya Kurt Busch Mark Martin Matt Kenseth Richard Petty Motorsports Scott Speed

  • Steve

    It is pretty interesting that the guy that has the biggest toothy grin thinks he might get a pass from Nascar for a deliberate dangerous wreck of a fellow competitor. Brad is hot-headed for sure and has his own take no prisoners style. I hope the guys in the Nascar trailer at a minimum put Carl under a very powerful microscope! I think a one race suspension is in order for both the driver and the car! Sponsors need to be aware of who they are endorsing as their spokesman.

    • Ben Montedonico

      Wow Steve, I’ve never seen you get this worked up except for when Marc is around. Haha

  • ronp

    Steve- nice post but I think you were a bit too critical of Keselowski. After reviewing the replays it looked like he did not deserve the payback. No driver worth his salt would have let Edwards in. In particular, Edwards had no idea who was there it could have been any driver. Moreover, Edwards is a coward I would bet any money if it was Jr, Jeff Gordon or some other popular driver he would have bit his tongue and let it slide. He did what he did because he is a bully (come on picking on a rookie this isn’t hazing a frat bro)and thought he could get away with it.