Hot or Not: Daytona


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.

Tags: AJ Allmendinger Dale Earnhardt Jr Daytona Hot Or Not Kasey Kahne Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch The Big One Underdogs

  • Jeff

    Here we go again, Ben and his third grade musings. Stick with writing about things you actually know about, like underwater basket weaving perhaps. Ben you are a complete and utter moron.

    • Ben Montedonico

      Underwater basket weaving? Never heard of it but I’ll be sure to check it out.

      • Jeff

        You should Ben. Underwater basket weaving is, how would you say, oh yes – wicked. Considering the level of intellect you are currently bringing to your articles, it might be your only hope for a job in the future. Learn about the sport and you might have a chance.

        • Ben Montedonico

          I like wicked. You know of anybody currently hiring in that field? You seem to know a lot about it.

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  • Jeff

    Not really…No. But wicked is what a kid says when the Autobots beat the Deceptacons, not when about 5 million dollars worth of carefully prepared race cars go up in smoke. There is nothing wicked about plate races, except when they are over. Oh god now you have me sayin it.

    • Ben Montedonico

      Addicting, isn’t it?