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NASCAR: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not 05.23.13

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, May. 23, 2013

HOT

Jimmie Johnson: He answered the $1million question last week at Charlotte.

Joey Logano: Does his strong run in the all-star race foretell a good 600?

Kyle Busch: First Truck series win since 2011 and third place in the all-star race. Not a bad weekend.

JR Motorsports: Establishing itself as championship organization, not just the namesake of its owner.

Max Gresham: Another youngster on the rise.

NOT

Roush Fenway Racing: Won the pole but didn’t do much in the all-star race.

Brad Keselowski: He spent more time in driver introductions than he did in his car Saturday night.

Johnny Sauter: Within two weeks, he has gone from first to sixth in Truck series points.

All-star race format: How about next year we just have a race?


COCA-COLA 600

What: 400 laps or 600 miles

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved quad-oval in Concord

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kasey Kahne

Also this week: History 300, Nationwide Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 2:45 p.m. Saturday, ABC.

Worth mentioning: Charlotte Motor Speedway is joining with business leaders from around the country to honor upwards of 10,000 active military and family members before the 600. The day of tribute will feature a special celebration luncheon at zMax Dragway.