The boys of NASCAR were in New Hampshire for Sunday’s 301-lap event. Who found magic in the Magic Mile and who wasn’t so lucky? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Jimmie Johnson. Have to give a shout-out to J.J. He had the best car in the field…once Montoya, Kahne, Burton, and Kyle Busch were taken out, that is.
Not: Kasey Kahne. Just when things were looking up for Kasey and the No. 9 team, an engine goes kaput in a critical race at New Hampshire. Seems like we’ve seen this movie before, haven’t we?
Hot: Tony Stewart. I don’t know how Smoke got back on track after early pit problems messed up his strategy, and quite frankly it doesn’t matter. Stewart’s runner-up finish ties his best of the year, and marks his fourth-straight top 10.
Not: Juan Pablo Montoya. The pole-sitter had a target on his back during the last few laps before he was finally taken out. Darn those Red Bull cars.
Hot: Kurt Busch. It was brought to my attention during the race that there is a difference between moving somebody, and knocking somebody out of the way. Kurt finally got up the guts to move J.J., but if he really wants to beat him, he’ll have to knock him out of the way next time.
Not: Roush-Fenway Racing. You can never believe what those NASCAR owners say. A few weeks ago, Jack Roush said that his team was starting to improve. In Loudon, no Roush-Fenway cars finished in the top 15.
Hot: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Can this be for real? Junior is starting to show some consistency, and now sits just 3 points out of the top 12. This is something for Junior Nation to get excited about, but don’t pinch yourself just yet. We still have 9 more races before the Chase.
Not: Jeff Burton. Another shot at victory, another self-inflicted wound. This one’s on the driver.
Hot: AJ Allmendinger. AJ had a top-5 car, but wound up 10th. ‘Dinger said it best though: It’s better to talk about a 10th-place finish than a 30th-place finish.
Not: Jeff Gordon’s enemies. Several drivers wanted to pay Gordon back for some incidents in Sonoma. Nobody did, nor did they even come close to him. To add insult to injury, Jeff(fourth) beat all of them. (Bowyer was sixth, Sadler was 19th, and Truex was 22nd.)