Hot or Not: Chicago


The boys of NASCAR were in the Windy City this weekend, as they took to the track in Chicagoland. Who blew through the field and who got blown away? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: David Reutimann. Reuti! Reuti! Reuti! David Reutimann finally got a win Saturday night that nobody can take away from him; he earned it. And after seeing the emotion of Reuti and the whole #00 team after the race, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is the feel-good story of the year. Way to go, boys!

Not: Jimmie Johnson. J.J. wasn’t meant to win Saturday night, and it showed. After having the dominant car early, Johnson missed pit road during green-flag stops, spun out, and had a flat tire all on different occasions.

Hot: Carl Edwards. Carl has back-to-back top 6 finishes, including a runner-up finish Saturday night that propelled him to 10th in the standings. Slump, consider yourself over.

Not: Greg Biffle. Biff falls on the wrong side of the Roush-Fenway spectrum. His season has been in a downwards spiral since April, and it’s just now caught up to him. Greg now sits 11th in the standings, and finds himself in grave danger of falling out of the Chase.

Hot: Jeff Gordon. 600 starts, and still going. The more fortunate Gordon had another strong showing at Chicago, but his hungry fan base wants a win. Badly.

Not: Kevin Harvick. Mr. “Where did he come from?” turned into Mr. “Where did he go?” at Chicago. Harvick never contended, and went two laps down before heading to the garage with a fuel pump problem. Consider this just a minor bump in the road for our point leader.

Hot: Clint Bowyer. If he could ever muster up some consistency, Clint could easily leave the Chase cutoff point in the dust. After his fourth-place showing Saturday night, Bowyer finds himself on the right side of the cutoff line. But just barely.

Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr: Junior fell out of the top 12 at Chicago, and now heads to a couple of tracks he doesn’t particularly like: Indy and Pocono. Can the fan-favorite manage to muster up some consistency? He’s going to have to if he wants to make the Chase, and fast.

Hot: Kasey Kahne. I think it’s fair to say that Kasey is the hottest driver in NASCAR right now, and his on-track results haven’t been bad either. Seriously though, Kahne has been stout as of late, and could be a legit title contender if he can keep turning in runs like this on a weekly basis.

Not: Robby Gordon. After an incident like Robby had on Saturday, it would be easy for me to come up with something rude to say just to get a few chuckles. But what happened to Robby was no laughing matter, and you could tell by the tone of his voice that he is very discouraged. Hopefully he can get things going his way soon.

Tags: Carl Edwards Chicagoland Speedway Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr David Reutimann Greg Biffle Hot Or Not Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Kasey Kahne Kevin Harvick Robby Gordon