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NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 08.29.13

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

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BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Who's Hot/Who's Not


Matt Kenseth: Would lead the Chase with his five wins.

Kasey Kahne: Nice guys sometimes finish second.

Kyle Busch: Won two of three races at Bristol (Tenn.).

Joey Logano: Put in a workman's performance to earn a fifth-place finish and break into the top 10 in points.

Juan Pablo Montoya: Learned he wasn't coming back next season but earned his second-best finish of the season.


Brad Keselowski: First he's in, now he's out of the top 10.

Kurt Busch: Please see Brad Keselowski.

Brian Vickers: Took a hard hit on the track and in his Nationwide Series title hopes.

Jim Utter

This Week's Race: Advocare 500

What: 325 laps or 500.5 miles

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.54-mile banked, quad-oval in Hampton, Ga.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin

Also this week: Grit Chips 300, Nationwide Series, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.

• Chevrolet Silverado 250, Truck Series, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: This weekend will mark the first Canadian stop for the Truck Series and also will be the first time in 13 years a Truck Series race will take place on a road course. Greg Biffle won the most series' recent road-course race, during June 2000 at Watkins Glen, N.Y.