The boys of NASCAR made a trip to the Pocono mountains this week. Who conquered the tricky triangle and who had problems? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Greg Biffle. Biff is on a roll, and at Pocono he put together Ford’s first winning effort of the year. It was an emotional victory that comes just days after team owner Jack Roush was hospitalized with injuries after a plane crash. “This one’s for Jack!”
Not: Kurt Busch. Jimmie Johnson, with a car, on the Long Pond straightaway. Kurt got wrecked by Jimmie with less than 40 laps to go, and wasn’t happy about it. Now the question is, what’s Kurt gonna do about it?
Hot: Tony Stewart. Smoke wasn’t afraid to use the chrome horn a few times at Pocono, as his victims included Denny Hamlin and Sam Hornish Jr. But Stewart powered to a runner-up finish and is on his typical mid-summer hot streak. With Watkins Glen coming up, Tony looks primed for a win.
Not: Jimmie Johnson. He kinda dominated the race. He kinda fell back. He kinda caused one of the scariest crashes in Pocono Raceway history. He kinda took blame for it. Kinda, but not really.
Hot: Carl Edwards. Edwards’ worst finish since the end of June is seventh. Is it crazy to believe that Carl could contend for the title?
Not: Elliott Sadler. Elliott took one of the hardest licks I’ve ever seen. Period. Thank goodness he walked away from it alright.
Hot: Denny Hamlin. Denny ended a vicious skid this weekend at Pocono, as he earned his first top 5 since June. If NASCAR really wants to penalize this guy for harsh comments, perhaps they should consider taking a race away from Pocono.
Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Another rough day for Junior got worse when his motor blew up late in the race. Now he sits 129 points out of the top 12, with no really good tracks ahead of him. Don’t count him out yet, but things aren’t looking good for Dale.
Hot: Mark Martin. Mark finally pieced together a solid run, and with some help from Clint Bowyer, he gained some ground on the top 12. But last year’s points runner-up has some work to do, as he’s still 34 points behind 12th-place Bowyer.
Not: Pocono Raceway. Everything that could have gone wrong for Pocono Raceway did this weekend. The Pennsylvania track showed why people consider its racing boring, as well as dangerous. And for the third-consecutive race there, the weather failed to cooperate. Don’t be surprised if the boys only make one trip to the triangle next year.