How hot was the action Saturday night in Richmond? The debris on the track was literally catching fire! So which drivers were hot like the debris on the track, and who had their fire put out? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kyle Busch. Happy birthday Kyle! Rowdy celebrated his birthday a day early by dominating and winning his first race of the season. Oh, by the way, blue smoke is good.
Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior looked like the Junior of old in Richmond. No, not the Junior of “really old”, just old; like last-year old.
Hot: Jeff Gordon. Gordon lost the race on a late restart…again. But Jeff wasn’t complaining about his runner-up finish. Especially not after the way his luck has been lately.
Not: Paul Menard. Menard was getting a pat on the back from everyone after the first 6 races. But his average finish in his last four races is 29th, dropping the Richard Petty Motorsports driver from 11th to 20th in points during that span.
Hot: Jeff Burton. The Virginia native broke his string of bad luck at his home track, finishing 4th. In his own words, he wanted what Kyle Busch got, but needed what he got.
Not: The Gordon/Johnson Rivalry. What happened? Just last week it looked like Gordon was ready to knock some fenders in. Then Mr. Hendrick decided to get involved, and now apparently the hatchet is buried. And to think, I expected that we were going to have a legit rivalry here. Silly me, I should have known better.
Hot: Marcos Ambrose. It’s about time the Tazmanian Devil got a little bit of luck. Ambrose has been fast at times this year, but in Richmond, he finally closed the deal, finishing 9th. Way to go, Marcos!
Not: Tony Stewart. The good: Stewart has never been known as an early-season driver. The bad: Smoke’s average finish over the last 5 races is 24th. The ugly: Outside of a wreck in Texas, that average has been indicative of his overall performance.
Hot: The “Fastest Four”. A little shout-out to the boys who made it to the “Fastest Four” in the DirectTV Head-to-Head Challenge: Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick. The fact that they made it to the “Fastest Four” indicates how great their performance has been lately. Congrats guys!
Not: Elliott Sadler’s Tires. I’ve been watching NASCAR since 2001, and I have never seen a car blow all four of its tires at the same time. Elliott Sadler had the privilege of doing it in front of his hometown fans.