NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not

2013-14 NASCAR season

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

Hot or Not


Matt Kenseth: This career change is working out pretty well, despite a big penalty this week.

Matt Crafton: He and ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter may be battling each other for the Truck title.

Jimmie Johnson: Eight races in and he already has a commanding points lead.

Joe Gibbs Racing: Team is batting .500 in Cup races so far this season.

Kasey Kahne: Just think what would have been possible last season if he got off to this kind of start.


Kyle Busch: Has worse luck in Kansas than Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

Juan Pablo Montoya: Lower in points than Denny Hamlin, who's missed the past three races.

Elliott Sadler: Wreck at Kansas is not the way he hoped to return to the Cup series.

- Jim Utter

Toyota Owners 400

What: 400 laps or 300 miles

Where: Richmond International Raceway, a 3/4-mile paved, slightly banked tri-oval located in Richmond, Va.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year's winner: Kyle Busch

Also this week: Toyota 250, Nationwide Series, Richmond International Raceway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNews.

Worth mentioning: Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 23-year-old nephew of NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will drive JR Motorsports' No. 5 Chevrolet in Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Richmond. It's Jeffrey's first series start for JRM.

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Jimmie Johnson311

2. Kasey Kahne274

3. Brad Keselowski273

4. Greg Biffle264

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.263

6. Carl Edwards262

7. Kyle Busch257

8. Clint Bowyer247

9. Paul Menard240

10. Jamie McMurray227

11. Kevin Harvick224

12. Aric Almirola222

13. Martin Truex Jr.204

14. Matt Kenseth202

15. Jeff Gordon202

16. Mark Martin201

17. Ryan Newman200

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.196

19. Marcos Ambrose193

20. Joey Logano187

21. Tony Stewart181

22. Kurt Busch180

23. Jeff Burton178

24. Casey Mears169

25. Danica Patrick154

26. Denny Hamlin145

27. Juan Pablo Montoya142

28. Bobby Labonte127

29. Dave Blaney124

30. J.J. Yeley123

31. David Ragan121

32. David Reutimann116

33. David Gilliland114

34. David Stremme101

35. Travis Kvapil93

Nationwide Series

1. Sam Hornish Jr.221

2. Regan Smith219

3. Austin Dillon213

4. Justin Allgaier212

5. Brian Scott212

6. Parker Kligerman186

7. Elliott Sadler185

8. Alex Bowman183

9. Brian Vickers182

10. Trevor Bayne181

11. Kyle Larson168

12. Mike Bliss160

Truck Series

1. Johnny Sauter174

2. Matt Crafton162

3. Jeb Burton149

4. Ryan Blaney141

5. Ty Dillon135

6. James Buescher133

7. Brendan Gaughan128

8. Darrell Wallace Jr.127

9. Joey Coulter125

10. Dakoda Armstrong121

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