Hot or Not: Talladega

The boys of NASCAR were at “Hallodega” for Chase race #7. Who got tricked and who was treated to sweet victory on Halloween Day? We’ve got you covered!

Hot: Clint Bowyer. After review, the ruling on the track stands. There was no inconclusive evidence to overturn the call that the #33 was in front of the #29 at the invisible scoring loop. Therefore, Clint Bowyer is the winner! We think…

Not: AJ Allmendinger. If you have to crash out of the race, you might as well make it look good. AJ Allmendinger did just that. Drive safe, AJ. And remember kids, don’t try this at home!

Hot: Championship contenders. For Jimmie, Denny, and Kevin, Talladega was a scary place to race on Sunday. Fortunately, they all survived the treacherous Sunday drive, and their title hopes remain intact for at least another week.

Not: Jeff Burton. Jeff had a good car on Sunday, but after he wrecked he wasn’t very happy as he kicked his car. The pressure of Election Day must be getting to Burton; I’ve never seen The Mayor so angry.

Hot: Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM is making quite a name for himself on these plate tracks in 2010. Even better, after pushing the #33 to victory on Sunday, Juan made Clint Bowyer’s Christmas card list. Sorry, no lame Halloween or Election Day jokes here.

Not: Jamie McMurray. J-Mac looked pretty sporty in his Dale Earnhardt tribute car at Talladega. Unfortunately, carp happens, and the Bass Pro Shops car caught trouble.

Hot: Joey Logano. The youngest Joe Gibbs Racing driver has three straight top 10 finishes, and all of a sudden Logano looks to be the second-best driver in the team’s stable. That is, behind his teammate Denny Hamlin, who is competing for a championship.

Not: Dale Earnhardt Jr. No joke: Dale Earnhardt Jr. dressed as a race car driver for Halloween. It was a little scary.

Hot: Brad Keselowski. Speaking of hot young drivers, B.K. now has back-to-back top 10 finishes himself; his first two top 10s with Team Penske. Can he keep it rolling through the end of the year?

Not: The finish. We sat there…for 187 grueling laps. And we didn’t even get to see the cars take the checkered flag at full speed. Please NASCAR, I beg you: Let the drivers finish the race!

Tags: AJ Allmendinger Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr Hot Or Not Jamie McMurray Jeff Burton Joey Logano Juan Pablo Montoya

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