NASCAR: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not 06.20.13

Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013


Greg Biffle: Getting hot at just the right time.

Kevin Harvick: He has picked up eight positions in points in five weeks.

Tony Stewart: Did anyone really believe he might miss the Chase?

Regan Smith: The class of the field so far in the Nationwide Series.

Kyle Larson: Young upstart continues to impress. He should find Victory Lane soon.

Danica Patrick: Her 13th-place finish at Michigan was her first top-20 since April.


Hendrick Motorsports: It doesn’t have many bad days as a whole, but Sunday at Michigan was one of them.

Denny Hamlin: Just about time to start focusing on 2014.

Kurt Busch: He has been fast but just can’t seem to close the deal.

- Jim Utter

Toyota/Save Mart 350K

What: 110 laps or 218.9 miles

Where: Sonoma Raceway, a 1.99-mile, 10-turn paved road course in Sonoma, Calif.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Clint Bowyer

Also this week: Johnsonville Sausage 200, Nationwide Series, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 5 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 Formula One champion, will return to the Cup series this weekend, driving Phoenix Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet. His last Cup race was when he finished 29th in the 2010 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

Utter: 704-358-5113; Twitter: @jim_utter
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