The boys of NASCAR out-drove the weather in Thunder Valley. So who rolled like the thunder at Bristol, and who got struck by lightning? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Jimmie Johnson. Three wins in the first five races? Not too bad I guess. As Darrell Waltrip would say, “It’s deja vu all over again!”
Not: Kasey Kahne. Kahne complained of brake problems throughout the race. What Kenny Francis should’ve told him was, “Don’t worry, Bud(pun intended). We switched to Ford, not Toyota.”
Hot: Tony Stewart. Smoke has been fairly hot most of the year. So after his second place finish at Bristol, I guess it was time to include him in the fun.
Not: Clint Bowyer. His engine was hot, but Bowyer was not. Much like Northern Iowa in March. Wait, they beat the Jayhawks?!?!?
Hot: Roush-Fenway Racing. How’s this for solid: Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth have finished in the top 10 in every race this season. And how about Carl Edwards, finishing 6th and beating Brad Keselowski(relax, I don’t mean that literally).
Not: David Reutimann. Reuti’s going to be really good this year… as soon as he can get his motor to last for a full race.
Hot: Kurt Busch. Another solid run for the Miller Man. Could Kurt be the guy to challenge J.J. for the top spot this year?
Not: Joe Gibbs’ Tires. Three cars. Three blown tires. Kyle Busch rebounded to a 9th place finish, but Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin took more hard hits in the points this week.
Hot: Dale Earnhardt Jr. He may not entirely be “back”, per say. But Junior is running well, as he earned his second top 10 of the season at Bristol.
Not: Mark Martin. Remember that ARCA driver that replaced Martin at Atlanta? Well, he subbed for Mark again this week, but they forgot to tell him that, when you have a flat tire, you’re supposed to slow down going into the corner to avoid hitting other cars and causing a big pileup.