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NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 08.09.13

Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Kasey Kahne: Has a Chase berth seemingly all locked up.

Jeff Gordon: No win but one of his strongest weekends in months.

Ryan Newman: After a rough start to the year, averaging a finish of 2.5 over the past two races.

Ryan Blaney: His Truck win kicked off a great weekend for owner Brad Keselowski.

Brad Keselowski: Won as Truck owner, won as Nationwide driver, finished sixth in Cup race. Not a bad weekend.


Danica Patrick: More wrecks like Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) and her list of friends in the garage will be short.

Denny Hamlin: Hard to tell the problem here. Driver? Cars? Driver-crew chief combination? All of the above?

Todd Bodine: Tough break in Truck race, but his comments about cautions won’t go over well with NASCAR brass.


Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

What: 90 laps or 220.5 miles

Where: Watkins Glen International, a 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Marcos Ambrose

Also this week: Zippo 200, Nationwide Series, Watkins Glen International, 2:15 p.m. Saturday, ABC.

Worth mentioning: In nine combined Nationwide and Cup races over six seasons at Watkins Glen, Ambrose has five wins, a second and two thirds. That includes Nationwide victories in 2008-10.

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