Happy 4th of July! The boys of NASCAR took to the old Daytona pavement one last time for the annual summer classic. Who avoided the fireworks and who got to be part of the fireworks? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Kevin Harvick. Here’s a stat for you: With Harvick’s win at Daytona, he has 13 top 10 finishes in 18 races. Now, when can we get rid of the cheesy “Mr. ‘Where did he come from?'” moniker? He’s been on top all year!
Not: Kyle Busch. Another Coke Zero 400, another summer classic ending with Kyle head-on in the wall while leading. I’d blame this one on Busch, but why would he wreck himself?
Hot: Kasey Kahne. Kasey’s been bad fast lately. That’s the only way I can describe it. And he’s leaving this at the end of the year?
Not: Jamie McMurray. J-Mac didn’t have a shot at sweeping Daytona after his crash, but at least he was cool about it. Unlike some people.
Hot: Dale Earnhardt Jr. What Junior accomplished this weekend: Kept his roll going, moved into the top 12 in points, and won in his Daddy’s #3 car. This calls for an interview! Oh no…
Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr’s interview. I know I’m going to get a lot of flak for this. But seriously, what does he have in that Amp can?
Hot: Underdogs. Pick a favorite: The replacement driver for Team Red Bull(Reed Sorenson, 8th); a team-best for TRG(Mike Bliss, 9th); the underfunded owner-driver(Robby Gordon, 12th); Tommy Baldwin’s Richie Evans tribute(Steve Park, 13th); the nice guy who always finishes last(Kevin Conway, 14th); or the guy making his 600th start(Bobby Labonte, 16th). They all did great!
Not: AJ Allmendinger. AJ thought he had a shot at the win, but neither his pre-race nap nor his boxer imitation could help him avoid trouble. On or off the track.
Hot: The Big One. The 21-car melee was the biggest crash ever recorded with the CoT. And now that we know everyone is alright after the incredible crash, I think it’s safe to say this: That was totally wicked!
Not: Everybody involved in The Big One. Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano. Pretty much all 21 of them.