Hot or Not: Texas

It’s true what they say: Everything is bigger in Texas; even the crashes! So after our second Monday race in three weeks, who tore up the track like a Texas twister, and who was sought out by trouble? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Denny Hamlin. Just 19 days after knee surgery, Hammy found Victory Lane in Texas. You think he’s going to petition to Mike Helton and Brian France to have all NASCAR events run on Mondays?

Not: Jeff Gordon. By far the class of the field in Texas, Gordon was caught up in a late-race accident that crippled his Special Forces ride. What’s worse? He made “4-Time” upset.

Hot: The Busch Brothers. Kyle and Kurt finished third and fourth respectively. This was after Kyle wanted to take the car to the garage early in the race, and Kurt…well, I’m sure he wasn’t happy all day.

Not: Tony Stewart. Smoke’s day went up in flames after he triggered a 9-car crash with 17 laps to go. You think that’s bad? Stewart’s last three finishes are 26th, 23rd, and 32nd respectively.

Hot: Kasey Kahne. Kahne signed a new multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports on Tuesday, then snuck into a top 5 finish on Monday. Not a bad week, I guess.

Not: David Reutimann. Reuti loves love, but he wasn’t too crazy about what happened to his motor in Texas, where it literally blew up while he was running 5th.

Hot: Mark Martin. A few weeks ago, I was certain that Mark had been replaced by an ARCA rookie. But after back-to-back top 6 runs, I think Martin is back.

Not: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. EGR is back here again, this time after both of the team’s cars were caught up in the same wreck. Which wreck, you ask? The same wreck that everybody else was involved in.

Hot: Dale Earnhardt Jr. His 8th-place finish did not reflect how Earnhardt performed in Texas. He led 47 laps, and his fans were thrilled with his performance. As for me, I’m just glad they’re interviewing him again.

Not: Brian Vickers. Many drivers deserved a “Not” spot this week, but perhaps none more than Vickers. The Red Bull driver had two flat tires, and was out of the race before anyone turned on their TV sets to watch the Gordon/Johnson spat.

Tags: Brian Vickers Dale Earnhardt Jr David Reutimann Denny Hamlin Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Hot Or Not Jeff Gordon Kasey Kahne Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Tony Stewart

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