Hot or Not: Michigan

The boys of NASCAR were in the Irish Hills of Michigan this week. Who found the four-leafed clover and who was outta luck? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Denny Hamlin. His new nickname is “The Dominator”, and with the way he’s run since NASCAR implemented the new spoiler, I’d say it’s a well-earned moniker. Hamlin has won 5 of the 10 races since the new spoiler was brought in.

Not: Casey Mears. Mears wrecked his Red Bull teammate, then on the ensuing cycle of pit stops he wrecked David Ragan on pit road. Brian Vickers, where are you?

Hot: Ford. It was nice to see Kasey Kahne put the Blue Oval out in front for a little bit in Ford’s backyard. The manufacturer didn’t win on Sunday, but it did place four cars in the top 12, including Kahne, who finished a season-best second.

Not: Ryan Newman. Rocketman had a rough day in Michigan, as he fought handling issues most of the afternoon. His 33rd-place finish did not help his efforts to move into the top 12 in points.

Hot: Kurt Busch. If not for a guy named Denny Hamlin, Kurt would be the hottest driver in NASCAR right now. Three top-3 finishes in a row has the elder Busch looking like a legit title threat.

Not: David Ragan. Ragan may be the unluckiest driver in the garage area. David was finally having a solid run, before he had a crash on pit road with Casey Mears. Story of his career.

Hot: Tony Stewart. When summer rolls around, Smoke catches fire. Stewart has back-to-back top 5 finishes and finds himself in the top 12 in points heading to one of his best tracks.

Not: Clint Bowyer. One person’s fortune is another’s misfortune. With Tony Stewart moving into the top 12, somebody had to be knocked out. This week, that somebody was Clint Bowyer.

Hot: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior finished 7th in Michigan, which has suddenly become his best track. It was nice to see Earnhardt smiling again, but it was even nicer to see him be interviewed again.

Not: Kyle Busch. Rowdy said it best following his 3rd-place effort in the Camping World Truck race on Saturday: “I suck at Michigan.”

Topics: Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr, David Ragan, Denny Hamlin, Ford, Hot Or Not, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Michigan, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart

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