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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339740 Taking stock Taking+stock NASCAR

NASCAR drivers head into the race this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway reeling from the impact of the road-course race at Infineon Raceway.

Tempers flared after a crash sparked by Jeff Gordon, heartbreak mounted after Marcos Ambrose cost himself a win and hope rose once more as Jimmie Johnson finally added a road-course win to his resume.

Now drivers will try to either maintain momentum or rebound from a setback in Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Who enters the race on a hot streak and who really needs to rally? -- Ben Montedonico

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339862 Hot: Jimmie Johnson Hot%3A+Jimmie+Johnson NASCAR

The father-to-be earned his first road-course win in NASCAR. Ironic it happened on Father's Day seeing as it looked more like a gift than anything else.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339861 Not: Marcos Ambrose Not%3A+Marcos+Ambrose NASCAR

The man who gave J.J. his present had his first career win in the bag until he turned his engine off until a mysterious voice told him to turn his engine off under caution. Don't listen to voices, Marcos. They're very bad.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339804 Hot: Robby Gordon Hot%3A+Robby+Gordon NASCAR Nice run for Robby, but you could tell he wanted to win very badly. Still, a runner-up finish is just what the doctor ordered and helps Gordon solidify his position in the top 35.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339863 Not: Clint Bowyer Not%3A+Clint+Bowyer NASCAR Clint's two wrecks did not help his Chase status at all. He and one of our other "Nots" will be looking for Jeff Gordon's head in Loudon next week.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339805 Hot: Kevin Harvick Hot%3A+Kevin+Harvick NASCAR Happy had another solid run this weekend and with Kyle Busch's struggles, he strengthened his points lead.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339632 Not: Joe Gibbs Racing Not%3A+Joe+Gibbs+Racing NASCAR

The Gibbs drivers discovered this weekend that it's easier to race with a front end than without one. That little piece of information will come in handy when the Chase rolls around.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339631 Hot: Kasey Kahne Hot%3A+Kasey+Kahne NASCAR

If you think obvious pieces of information don't come in handy, consider this: Kasey Kahne hasn't finished outside the top five since he discovered that passing in the grass (or trees) doesn't work.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339633 Not: Martin Truex Jr. Not%3A+Martin+Truex+Jr. NASCAR

Martin's crash hurt his Chase hopes, but the aforementioned "Not" might have something to look forward to next week at Loudon: Revenge on Jeff Gordon. Don't mess with the quiet guys.

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339864 Hot: Boris Said Hot%3A+Boris+Said NASCAR

The Said Heads had something to be proud of as Boris brought home an eighth-place finish at Sonoma. Also, congrats to Latitude 43 Motorsports on it's first-ever top-10 finish. Nice job, boys!

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NASCAR 167 43 Hot or Not: Infineon Raceway 11339806 Not: The NASCAR Rule Book Not%3A+The+NASCAR+Rule+Book NASCAR Jimmie Johnson returns to Victory Lane and the Rule Book receives criticism. Surprised?

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