On Sunday, the Monster Mile was seen in all it’s glory for the first time in 2010. So who tamed the Delaware track, and who’s hoping for better luck on the return trip? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs cars have now won 5 of the 7 races since NASCAR implemented the new rear spoiler. And on Sunday, the team posted it’s best result of the season, placing all 3 of its cars in the top 10. You want to talk about a monster? This team is scary!
Not: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya are still fast. But you can’t expect to break two sway bars in three laps and wind up in the “Hot” section here. It just doesn’t work that way.
Hot: Jeff Burton. His second-place effort didn’t earn Burton a spot in Saturday night’s All Star race. But Jeff is on track to win one of these races here really soon. Sunday marked his third-straight top 10 finish.
Not: Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick didn’t place a car in the top 10 at Dover. And the only Hendrick driver who had a chance to finish in the top 10(the often mentally-tough Jimmie Johnson) sped on pit road after dominating the race. At least he didn’t curse NASCAR over his radio…
Hot: David Reutimann. I have believed in this guy all year. Reuti is finally starting to catch some breaks, as he earned his first top 5 finish since Daytona on Sunday. To make things better, his last four finishes have been progressively better. Since Talladega, Reutimann has placed results of 14th, 12th, 11th, and fifth respectively.
Not: Clint Bowyer. While Kyle Busch made headlines for all the right reasons at Dover, Bowyer made them for all the wrong reasons. Retaliation against Denny Hamlin on Saturday, dragging a jack around the track on Sunday. I think Clint’s ready to go home for a few weeks.
Hot: Tony Stewart. I’ve been down on Smoke lately, but Stewart may finally have things figured out. On Sunday, he finished in the top 10 for the first time since the new rear spoiler was implemented, after running in the top 5 for most of the day.
Not: Kasey Kahne. Even when he has a great car, things seem to find a way to go downhill for Kahne. This week, it was a broken shifter that put him out of contention. I’m almost afraid to ask what’s next.
Hot: Roush-Fenway Racing. Last week, I came down pretty hard on the Ford boys. And while their win total didn’t improve this weekend, the fact that Roush-Fenway placed three cars in the top 10 on Sunday shows that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Not: Elliott Sadler. With Kasey Kahne departing Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end, the team is looking for somebody to step up and take the No. 1 spot at RPM. Sadler was a candidate, but his best finish this season is 18th, and his 28th-place finish at Dover did not improve his sorrowful 29th-place points position.