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NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 07.25.13

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

HOT

Joey Logano: The only full-time Cup series driver who ran during the off weekend, and he came away with a win.

Austin Dillon: No Nationwide Series wins this season, but he has collected $200,000 in bonuses.

Sam Hornish Jr.: Back in the Nationwide points lead for the first time since May 3.

Elliott Sadler: Needed a strong Chicagoland finish after getting wrecked a week earlier at New Hampshire.

Off weeks in Cup series: They are few and far between but, everyone needs to recharge once in a while.

Corey LaJoie: The Richard Petty Motorsports development driver picked up his first Automobile Racing Club of America win.

NOT

Regan Smith: Finally gave up the Nationwide points lead.

Brian Vickers: Fill-in pit crew didn't do him any favors at Chicagoland.

- Jim Utter

This week's race

Brickyard 400

What: 160 laps or 400 miles

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile flat, paved quad-oval in Indianapolis.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: ESPN

Radio: Indianapolis Radio Network

Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson

This week: Indiana 250, Nationwide Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers are eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus during Saturday's race. Whichever driver finishes highest will win the bonus. Dillon has won it twice and Sadler once.



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