Who's Hot/Who's Not
Ryan Newman: No job for 2014 but a Brickyard 400 hopefully expanded his options.
Jeff Gordon: Welcome to the top 10 in points for the second time this year.
Tony Stewart: Successful Truck race at Eldora, top-five at Indy, winning car owner.
Kyle Busch: Even a Nationwide Series win is special at the Brickyard.
Austin Dillon: Won the inaugural Truck race at Eldora and took over Nationwide points lead.
Sam Hornish Jr.: Lost a chance at Indy win and to keep Nationwide series lead.
Jeff Burton: Highest of highs at New Hampshire. Lowest of lows at Indy.
Night races at the Brickyard: Until the quality of racing improves, it's just a subpar race at night instead of the day.
- Jim Utter
Next race: GoBowling.com 400
What: 160 laps or 400 miles
Where: Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile triangular, paved track in Long Pond, Pa.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon
Also this week: Pennsylvania Mountains 125, Truck Series, Pocono Raceway, 1 p.m. Saturday, Speed.
U.S. Celllular 250, Nationwide Series, Iowa Speedway, 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.
Worth mentioning: If the Chase started this weekend, Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. would claim the wild-card spots reserved for drivers in points positions 11 to 20 with the most wins. Both have one win. Ryan Newman has a win as well but is 20 points behind Truex.