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

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

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