The boys of NASCAR made a few right turns on the way to the track this week and ended up in Watkins Glen. Who conquered the course and who took a hit? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Juan Pablo Montoya. The question of whether or not he can win on an oval still lingers. But Montoya’s first win since 2007 was still an emotional one that has his crew chief feeling a little bit better about himself.
Not: Clint Bowyer. Bowyer’s drive-shaft disaster knocked him out of the top 12 in points this week, as he was replaced by Mark Martin. Now Clint needs an uneventful race at Michigan next week.
Hot: Kurt Busch. Kurt’s keys to success at Watkins Glen: Keep it on the pavement; don’t beat yourself; stay away from the 48. Kurt did all three on Sunday and wound up second.
Not: Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie stayed away from Kurt, but he forgot one thing: Kurt has a little brother named Kyle, and he’s pretty aggressive sometimes.
Hot: Marcos Ambrose. He finished two spots shy of where he wanted to. But Ambrose’s third-place effort at the Glen keeps him on the map for a 2011 ride in NASCAR. Or…somewhere.
Not: Team Red Bull. Watkins Glen was a disappointment for this struggling team. Red Bull’s Scott Speed and Boris Said both looked like they had solid runs in store, but both drivers encountered problems and neither finished the race.
Hot: AJ Allmendinger. AJ signed a new contract with RPM this past week and claimed he wants to be the team’s leader. The best way to do that is to lead by example, which ‘Dinger did at the Glen en route to his first top 5 finish of the year.
Not: Denny Hamlin. Denny made it clear on Sunday that he doesn’t like “stupid people”. This coming after he drove full-boar into a cloud of smoke and plowed into Jimmie Johnson’s car.
Hot: Jeff Burton. Fact: two drivers have finished in the top 10 in each of the last five races; Carl Edwards and The Mayor. Burton now sits third in the standings. Where did he come from?
Not: Joey Logano. Joey had a mystery problem late in Sunday’s race that was never touched on. The former Chase contender finished 34th and has now fallen outside the top 20 in points, back to 21st.