Hot or Not: Indianapolis

The boys of NASCAR were at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend to take part in the Brickyard 400. Who kissed the bricks and who hit a wall? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Jamie McMurray. He might not make the Chase, but he knows how to win the big ones. J-Mac followed up his emotional Daytona 500 victory with another win he’ll remember forever; this one coming at Indy. Congrats Jamie!

Not: Juan Pablo Montoya. Tony Kanaan has the Indy 500, Marcos Ambrose has Montreal, Juan Pablo Montoya has the Brickyard 400. Another dominating performance; another heartbreak for Juan. His crew chief took the fall, but it wasn’t his fault. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.

Hot: Greg Biffle. I called Greg out two weeks ago and he didn’t disappoint at Indy. Biff carried the Ford banner this week and almost took the manufacturer to Victory Lane for the first time this year. His third-place effort was a much-needed good points day.

Not: Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie was so bad, Travis Kvapil kept passing him. But seeing as he hasn’t won in three races and the circuit is heading to a track nobody really likes, I’d say J.J. is about due for a win.

Hot: Clint Bowyer. Bowyer is showing some muscle under pressure and is starting to separate himself from the Chase cutoff line. He’ll need to keep the momentum up at Pocono, and seeing as he’s fond of the place, that shouldn’t be too difficult.

Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior was having a mediocre day before problems in front of him turned it into a bad one. He’s shown signs of breaking out, but lacks the consistency to be a legit title threat I think. Best thing for Junior to do at Pocono: Survive.

Hot: Carl Edwards. Carl didn’t get into trouble, and he knocked off his third-straight top 10 finish. Edwards is suddenly putting some distance of his own on the Chase cutoff line, and currently sits 10th in the standings.

Not: David Reutimann. As quickly as he came into the Chase conversation, Reuti was kicked out of the Chase conversation. And wouldn’t you know, a Joe Gibbs car did it to him again. At least it wasn’t directly this time.

Hot: Chip Ganassi. As a car owner, Chip Ganassi is one of the best in the business. Now he has a Brickyard 400 trophy and a Triple Crown(Daytona 500 win, Indy 500 win, Brickyard 400 win) to go with it. Bravo, Chip! Bravo!

Not: Phantom debris cautions. They are not talked about much anymore, but “phantom debris” cautions still impact races, as they did at Indy. I counted that 2 of the 6 cautions in the 400 were for “phantom debris”, including the one that shook up the field and put Juan Pablo Montoya in mid-pack late in the race. Just keep an eye on them.

Tags: Brickyard 400 Carl Edwards Chip Ganassi Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr David Reutimann Greg Biffle Hot Or Not Indianapolis Motor Speedway Jamie McMurray Jimmie Johnson Juan Pablo Montoya Phantom Debris Cautions Travis Kvapil

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