Another Memorial Day, another Coca-Cola 600 in the books(those 600 miles never seem to last long enough). So who survived NASCAR’s longest race, and who fell short? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: The Busch Brothers. The good news: Kurt and Kyle combined to win 7 NASCAR events in the month of May. The bad news: Tomorrow marks the first day of June.
Not: Jimmie Johnson. Who needs AJ Allmendinger? Four-Time found the wall twice all on his own. I guess Lowe’s really doesn’t own the track anymore.
Hot: Jamie McMurray. Earnhardt-Ganassi’s new flagship driver has three runner-up finishes in the last 5 races. Suddenly, McMurray’s looking like a potential championship contender.
Not: Juan Pablo Montoya. Dario Franchitti won the Indy 500 driving the Target car. There was no such luck for Montoya, however, as he crashed out early for the second straight week.
Hot: David Reutimann. I’m telling you, Reuti is a force to be reckoned with. He’s consistently improving on his finishes each week. In Charlotte, he finally found the top 5.
Not: Team Red Bull. Without Brian Vickers, this team isn’t much. Drivers Casey Mears and Scott Speed finished several laps off the pace, in 29th and 30th respectively, without having any serious issues. They were just that bad.
Hot: Paul Menard. Paul finished fourth in the Sprint Showdown last week, and followed that up with an eighth place finish in the 600. Has this team found something?
Not: Greg Biffle. Biff ran in the top 10 most of the night. But the more Greg flirted with the wall, the more serious his problems became. By the end of the night, the Nexcare car needed some bandages.
Hot: Jeff Burton’s temper. Jeff doesn’t mind when Kyle Busch races aggressively, as long as it doesn’t affect him. He made that clear Sunday night(I’ve never seen Burton so mad!). Word of advice: Don’t mess with The Mayor.
Not: Denny Hamlin. Denny got caught up in a little incident with Jimmie Johnson early in the race, and never really recovered. 18th was all the team could muster, but at least Denny avoided Kyle most of the night.