NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 06.28.13

jutter@charlotteobserver.comJune 27, 2013 

HOT

Martin Truex Jr.: Time does not fly even when you're having fun.

Carl Edwards: He’s quietly been second in the standings but now he’s starting to make some noise.

Kurt Busch: Another self-inflicted wound at Sonoma, but he keeps fighting back.

A.J. Allmendinger: Team owner Roger Penske has provided Allmendinger a second chance, and he got rewarded well with victory at Road America.

NOT

Tony Stewart: Made it into the Top 10 last week, dropped back five spots this week.

Juan Pablo Montoya: Was not happy running out of fuel on the last lap.

Regan Smith: From win to 32nd place in a week. Such is racing.

Max Papis: Remember when angry drivers used fists instead of kicks and slaps?

Quaker State 400

What: 267 laps or 400.5 miles

Where: Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile, banked, paved quad-oval in Sparta, Ky.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: TNT

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Also this week:

• Feed the Children 300, Nationwide Series, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN2

Worth mentioning: University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari will be the honorary pace car driver for Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. Calipari guided the 2011-12 Wildcats to the program’s eighth NCAA national championship and 15th Final Four appearance.



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