Hot or Not: Dover

The boys of NASCAR were in Dover this weekend for Chase race #2. Who tamed the Monster Mile and who was victimized? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Jimmie Johnson. Last week, I asked whether or not Jimmie was still a favorite to win the title. Yeah, I’d have to say he is.

Not: Clint Bowyer. What a rough week for Bowyer. First, he got docked 150 points, then he and his deflated crew barely even bothered to show up at Dover. If Clint’s penalty is overturned, he’ll be ninth in the standings 85 points out of the lead. If it isn’t, the #33 team is done.

Hot: Jeff Burton. Here’s some good news for RCR. The Mayor ran well all day and finished the job at Dover, earning the runner-up spot. If he can keep the momentum going, Mr. Mayor is going to be tough.

Not: Kevin Harvick. More bad news. Not-so-Happy had another mediocre run, but couldn’t salvage a top 5 out of this one. Maybe it would help if his pit crew had a little more encouragement and a little less chewing-out.

Hot: Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano continues to be a bright spot for this team, and the title contenders, Kyle and Denny put together solid runs at Dover and didn’t lose much ground to J.J. Our next three races are at cookie-cutters and Martinsville, so you better believe the #11 team is licking its chops right now.

Not: Tony Stewart. Another twenty-something finish for Smoke doesn’t bode well for his title hopes. Tony won Kansas last year, and may need to do the same to salvage his season.

Hot: Kurt Busch. All of a sudden, the Blue Deuce looks like a title contender. Of course, so do 9 other guys right now. Even still, the elder Busch has had two solid races to start the Chase, and sits within striking distance at fourth in the standings.

Not: AJ Allmendinger. It’s true, racing hates A.J. Tenth isn’t bad, but you can tell it’s not where ‘Dinger wanted to end up. If they can ever put together a full race without problems(like a flat tire), Allmendinger will win a race. It just wasn’t meant to be this week.

Hot: Carl Edwards. My pick to win the title quietly finished in the top 5 at Dover, and is now 73 points out of the lead back in sixth. Cousin Carl is hungry right now, so don’t be surprised if we see a repeat of 2008 at Kansas.

Not: Roush-Fenway Racing(besides Edwards).Besides Carl, the rest of the RFR team isn’t pretty. Matt Kenseth continues to have problems, and Greg Biffle struggled at a track we know he can win at. Then there’s David Ragan. Face it, if you’re a Roush fan, it’s time to jump on Carl’s bandwagon because the rest of the team just doesn’t have it this year.

Tags: AJ Allmendinger Carl Edwards Clint Bowyer Dover Hot Or Not Jeff Burton Jimmie Johnson Joe Gibbs Racing Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch Roush Racing Tony Stewart

  • Tony

    Despite AJ Allmendinger’s flat tire, I would definitely put him in the HOT category. He’s been running in the top 10 during every race for at least the past month and is showing people the 43 team is on its way to being a contender. To have led so many laps and have the dominant car for much of the day is a big step for them.

    I’ve been a Petty fan for 20 years and this is an exciting time. AJ has the most potential of any driver of the 43 car since the King himself. He showing it’s not false hope – that team is turning into the real deal. Finally!

    • Ben Montedonico

      I totally agree with you. The reason I put AJ as a NOT is because the 10th-place run was a HUGE disappointment for him, and he’s been bitten by bad luck a lot lately(just like last week at Loudon). I’m not trying to be down on the guy; actually, just the opposite. If I put a guy in the NOT section, it’s because I expect him to do better, and AJ proved he could’ve done better at Dover. But bad luck bit him again. That’s why he’s a NOT this week.