Saturday night’s All-Star challenge was an all-or-nothing spectacle to behold. And while the action wasn’t quite as hot as Brent Raymer’s truck, it was still very, very hot. So which drivers found checkers, and which ones found wreckers? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kurt Busch. If nothing else, the Blue Deuce knows how to get around an intermediate track. Oh yeah, the elder Busch also gets to cash a $1 million check. I guess things are going pretty well for Kurt.
Not: Juan Pablo Montoya. If it wasn’t for bad luck, Montoya would have no luck at all. A speeding penalty at Indianapolis cost him a sure spot in Saturday night’s main event, and when rain cancelled Showdown quals, Montoya went from the Pole to 18th starting spot. A self-inflicted accident late in the Showdown’s first segment did him in.
Hot: Martin Truex Jr. Truex had his unofficial coming-out party Saturday night. Martin won the Showdown, and powered his way to a second-place finish in the main event. A couple more laps and he might have been the one cashing the big check.
Not: Clint Bowyer. With the way his Showdown went, combined with the fact that he’s on probation, the safest place for Clint to be Saturday night was probably at home watching the All-Star race.
Hot: Joey Logano. Speaking of coming-out parties, Logano was solid all night long. He won the pre-race Burnout Competition, and in his last race as a teenager, Joey ran in the top 5 for most of the night, finishing third.
Not: Jeff Gordon. Saturday night was supposed to be when Gordon ended his winless streak. But Jeff slapped the wall on lap 1 and was never a contender, even before being caught up in a melee with 10 laps to go.
Hot: Brad Keselowski. With no power steering, B.K. drove his Penske Dodge into the top 5, and looked like a contender to win it all. He lost some ground in the last segment, but still wound up a very respectable seventh.
Not: Kasey Kahne. Even at his best track, Kahne couldn’t run with the big boys. It’s almost like Richard Petty Motorsports is done with him, as he struggled all night long. At one point, he was even in last place. Kasey’s hard crash with Kyle Busch didn’t help his cause either.
Hot: Kyle Busch’s Temper. He’s ba-ack. The old Kyle Busch showed up after a run-in with his teammate Denny Hamlin. Actually, I don’t recall Kyle ever storming into anybody’s hauler, even when his temper was in its prime.
Not: Carl Edwards. Carl ran poorly in the Showdown, but his fans showed no mercy. Edwards earned the Fan Vote and was forced to run another 90 painstaking laps before he was taken out in the melee with 10 laps remaining. Edwards finished dead-last.