Hot or Not: Martinsville

The boys of NASCAR were at the short track at Martinsville to kick off the second half of the Chase. Who took home the grandfather clock and whose championship hopes may have run out? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Denny Hamlin. All they do is win! Alright, so it had been a few races since Denny’s win at Richmond, but he picked a fine time to find Victory Lane. With four races left in 2010, Hamlin sits just six points out of the Chase lead.

Not: Jeff Gordon. Gordon had a good day going until he messed with Kurt Busch. With as many guys as Jeff has ticked off this year, you had to know it was only a matter of time before he picked the wrong one. Don’t mess with the Miller Man.

Hot: Mark Martin. It was looking like a typical Mark Martin kind of day. He spun out, and didn’t run too well. But at the end of the day, the Kid finished second! Where’d he come from?!?

Not: Michael Waltrip Racing. It started as such a promising day for MWR. But just like all promising days before this one, things went badly wrong. Marcos Ambrose and David Reutimann both had accidents, while Martin Truex Jr. had electrical problems. Oh well, there’s always next week.

Hot: Kevin Harvick. Not-so-Happy was hot in more ways than one at Martinsville. But the good news is that he gained on points leader Jimmie Johnson. Next up: Talladega, where Harvick won back in April.

Not: Clint Bowyer. Another week, another problem for Clint. After the team built up some momentum in Charlotte, Bowyer had a self-inflicted accident at Martinsville. Let’s just not talk about his 2010 Chase, ok?

Hot: The Chase. The current points system has been under attack lately(well, actually for the last 7 years). I still don’t like it personally, but with the top 2 drivers separated by just six points, it’s looking like this year’s Chase might finally produce an excited finale at Homestead; something we’d all like to see.

Not: Tony Stewart. It’s been a rough go for Smoke here over the past couple of weeks. Sunday’s race at Martinsville marked his second-straight finish outside the top 20, and with that, it looks like Stewart can wave bye-bye to his shot at a third Cup title.

Hot: ‘Have at it boys’ racing. Sunday’s race at Martinsville was beautiful for anybody who just wants to see NASCAR drivers do what they want. We had payback, teammates hitting each other under caution and, did I mention payback? Ah yes, it’s a beautiful thing.

Not: RCR drivers’ feelings. Richard Childress Racing drivers Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton didn’t like the way each was racing the other at Martinsville, and they kind of got their wittle feewings hurt. Here’s a thought, guys: You don’t like the racing, get off the track!

Tags: Chase Clint Bowyer Denny Hamlin Hot Or Not Jeff Gordon Kevin Harvick Mark Martin Martinsville Michael Waltrip Racing Richard Childress Racing Tony Stewart

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