NASCAR drivers: Who's Hot/Who's Not 06.13.13

jutter@charlotteobserver.comJune 13, 2013 

HOT

Jimmie Johnson: His lead is so big he could skip a race and still top the Cup series standings.

Trevor Bayne: A win gets his Nationwide Series season back on track.

Jeb Burton: Welcome NASCAR’s newest race winner.

Tony Stewart: Suddenly, he’s right back in the championship picture.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: One year ago, Earnhardt followed up a strong run at Pocono with a win at Michigan. Will he repeat?

Greg Biffle: See, the Fords aren’t totally out of the picture.

NOT

Martin Truex Jr.: Last week he blew an engine. This week he ran out of gas. What’s next?

Denny Hamlin: His slim chance at making the Chase is quickly fading away.

Travis Pastrana: Pastrana has a tough skid of hard wrecks.

QUICKEN LOANS 400

What: 200 laps or 400 miles

Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile paved, banked oval located in Brooklyn, Mich.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

TV: TNT

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Also this week: Alliance Truck Parts 250, Nationwide Series, Michigan International Speedway, 2:15 p.m. Saturday, ABC.

Worth mentioning: A.J. Allmendinger will replace Bobby Labonte in JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Toyota this week at Michigan. Allmendinger will run between three to five races in the No. 47 during the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup season.



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