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Bank of America 500: Who's hot, who's not

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Points Standings Cup 1. Matt Kenseth 2,183 2. Jimmie Johnson 2,180 3. Kevin Harvick 2,158 4. Jeff Gordon 2,151 5. Kyle Busch 2,148 6. Greg Biffle 2,139 7. Kurt Busch 2,136 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,129 9. Clint Bowyer 2,128 10. Joey Logano 2,124 11. Carl Edwards 2,123 12. Ryan Newman 2,110 13. Kasey Kahne 2,100 14. Jamie McMurray 847 15. Brad Keselowski 827 16. Martin Truex Jr. 806 17. Paul Menard 805 18. Aric Almirola 775 19. Jeff Burton 757 20. Marcos Ambrose 756 21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 741 22. Juan Pablo Montoya 740 23. Casey Mears 621 24. Tony Stewart 594 25. Denny Hamlin 573 26. Mark Martin 552 27. David Ragan 551 28. Danica Patrick 530 29. David Gilliland 518 30. Dave Blaney 460 31. Travis Kvapil 420 32. A J Allmendinger 402 33. David Reutimann 402 34. J.J. Yeley 400 35. David Stremme 362 36. Bobby Labonte 347 37. Timmy Hill 169 38. Michael McDowell 144 39. Michael Waltrip 102 40. Scott Speed 99 41. Ken Schrader 92 42. Terry Labonte 77 43. Boris Said 48 Nationwide 1. Austin Dillon 1,024 2. Sam Hornish Jr. 1,016 3. Regan Smith 989 4. Elliott Sadler\ 981 5. Justin Allgaier 959 6. Brian Vickers 957 7. Brian Scott 942 8. Trevor Bayne 939 9. Kyle Larson 878 10. Parker Kligerman 858 11. Alex Bowman 798 12. Nelson Piquet Jr. 753 13. Mike Bliss 730 14. Travis Pastrana 669 15. Michael Annett 575 16. Jeremy Clements 560 17. Mike Wallace 533 18. Reed Sorenson 517 19. Eric McClure 454 20. Joe Nemechek 449 Truck 1. Matt Crafton 644 2. James Buescher 603 3. Ty Dillon 591 4. Jeb Burton 571 5. Miguel Paludo 567 6. Timothy Peters 559 7. Ryan Blaney 552 8. Johnny Sauter 541 9. Darrell Wallace Jr. 538 10. Brendan Gaughan 520 11. Ron Hornaday 519 12. Dakoda Armstrong 490 13. Joey Coulter 488 14. John Wes Townley 483 15. German Quiroga 476 16. Max Gresham 433 17. Ryan Sieg 368 18. Brennan Newberry 348 19. Ross Chastain 331 20. Bryan Silas 287

Bank of America 500

What: 334 laps or 501 miles

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, quad-oval in Concord

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: ABC

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Clint Bowyer

Also this week: Dollar General 300, Nationwide Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: Kyle Larson and Brian Scott could make their Sprint Cup Series debut Saturday. A total of 62 drivers have made their Cup debut at the track.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Kevin Harvick: No lame duck. Just a lot of people eating crow.

Jimmie Johnson: Only the five-time champ loses an engine on the last lap and still finishes sixth.

Matt Kenseth: Won the Nationwide race at Kansas and still holds the points lead in Cup.

Richard Petty Motorsports: A much-needed pair of top-10 finishes Sunday.

Kurt Busch: Still taking Furniture Row Racing to unprecedented heights.

NOT

Kyle Busch: He had a promising start to the Chase. Can he rally?

Danica Patrick: Any day you end with zero laps completed is not a good day.

Justin Allgaier: He has not had a very warm welcome to the Cup series.

Sam Hornish Jr.: He is going to have to rally one more time to win the Nationwide Series championship.

Jim Utter

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