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NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 06.06.13

Thursday, Jun. 06, 2013

HOT

Tony Stewart: As long as there is Smoke, there always will be fire.

Juan Pablo Montoya: It has been a long time since he has had the view from the front.

Jeff Gordon: Closing in on top 10 in points.

Joey Logano: His Nationwide win at Dover (Del.) is his first victory for team owner Roger Penske.

Kyle Busch: Still the king of the Truck series.

NOT

Toyota engines: If reliability issues aren’t dealt with, then they easily could cost the manufacturer its first Cup title.

Denny Hamlin: His long-shot Chase hopes took a hard hit at Dover.

Jimmie Johnson: He clearly jumped the restart, but NASCAR usually has gone out of its way not to make that call of late.

Elliott Sadler: Losing ground in the Nationwide title hunt.

- Jim Utter

THIS WEEK'S RACE

Party in the Poconos 400

What: 160 laps or 400 miles

Where: Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile, paved, flat, triangular-shaped track in Long Pond, Pa.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: TNT

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Joey Logano

Also this week: WinStar World Casino 400K, Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 9 p.m. Friday, Speed.

• Pioneer 250, Nationwide Series, Iowa Speedway, 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: TNT begins its six-week “Summer Series” run of broadcasting Sprint Cup Series races this weekend. TNT will include behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and his or her team each week along with special off the track segments and more.

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