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November 21, 2013

NASCAR: Who’s Hot/Who’s Not 11.21.13

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2014 Daytona 500

What: 200 laps or 500 miles

Where: Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile high-banked, tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

2013 winner: Jimmie Johnson

Worth mentioning: All three NASCAR national series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks – will take part in an expanded version of “Preseason Thunder” testing at Daytona in January. The Cup series will test Jan. 9-10, Nationwide on Jan. 11-12 and Trucks on Jan. 13-14.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Jimmie Johnson: Now a six-time Cup series champion. Do I hear seven?

Denny Hamlin: Ended a miserable season on a high note.

Matt Kenseth: A career-changing move turned into a career-best season.

Kyle Busch: No championship, but a career-high finish of fourth in points.

Matt Crafton: Added a championship to an already successful Truck series career.

Austin Dillon: He now has two NASCAR championships. Do I hear three?

NOT

NASCAR: Inexcusable not to throw a red flag and waste 12 laps cleaning debris late in the Nationwide Series season finale.

Donovan McNabb: If Jimmie Johnson is “absolutely not” an athlete then McNabb was “absolutely not” an NFL quarterback.

National anthem singers: Just sing the song.

Jim Utter

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