The boys of NASCAR were on their home turf for Chase race #5. Who felt at home and who felt the wrath of the Beast of the Southeast? We’ve got you covered!
Hot: Jamie McMurray. He may not be in the Chase, but J-Mac and his orange dart sure know how to win the big races. Don’t be surprised if he pulls another win out before the season is over.
Not: Kasey Kahne. Kahne ran poorly, crashed out, declined an interview, and was replaced by J.J. Yeley. Considering Charlotte is one of his favorite tracks, I don’t think his race could have been much worse.
Hot: Joe Gibbs Racing: While Hamlin continues to remain in title contention, Busch and Logano are showing they can get the job done just as well. As an organization, JGR may be the best right now.
Not: Ryan Newman. Rocketman hit the wall on Lap 2. I’m sorry, that’s just not going to earn you a spot in the “Hot” section.
Hot: Jimmie Johnson. Who loves debris cautions? This guy! J.J. was in trouble after an early spin, but you don’t win 4 championships without being a little lucky. Or 5, for that matter.
Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Another sub-30 run for Junior inspired me to come up with this joke: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Dale Earnhardt Jr.” “Dale Earnhardt Jr. who?” “Exactly.”
Hot: Roush-Fenway Racing. After a horrendous time in Fontana, the Roush boys rallied in Charlotte to place all four cars in the top 12. Yes, even David Ragan, who finished tenth.
Not: Kurt Busch. Kurt had only himself to blame after an early spin Saturday night. I hate to say it, but I think the Miller Man’s title hopes are shot. No pun intended.
Hot: Regan Smith. Everybody loves Regan Smith. And after a couple of back-to-back top 15 finishes, it’s time for me to show Smith some love, too. Atta boy, Regan!
Not: Jeff Gordon. After another pit road speeding penalty, Gordon was left with a 23rd-place finish in Charlotte. How ironic is it that, in a sport that revolves around speed, going to fast can actually cost a driver a shot at the championship?