Who were the winners and losers in Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunnaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot - Hendrick Motorsports
Three cars in the top 10 at Chicagoland, all four in the top 15, and three of the four teams in excellent shape for the championship Chase. Will anybody be able to stop HMS?
Not - Kurt Busch
Maybe Busch needs to stay away from Jimmie Johnson the rest of the year. No matter who was at fault for their game of bumper cars, it cost Busch the most as he dropped from battling for a top-five finish to a 17th-place result. The former champ can't afford to get frustrated and lose his focus if he wants to add another big trophy to his collection.
Hot - Mark Martin
Martin knows how to make a birthday cake: Start with a 14th-place starting position, make your way up front, lead the most laps, throw in a dash of excitement late in the race and end the night in Victory Lane. That's just the type of cake the boss, Rick Hendrick, wants for his birthday celebrations.
Not - Denny Hamlin
Hamlin finished a strong fifth, but it was his actions late in the race that puts him on the wrong side of this list. By trying to get to the front and pushing Jimmie Johnson during a late race restart, he could have started a multi-car wreck that would rival those at Daytona and Talladega. Don't get too excited, Denny.
Hot - Kasey Kahne
Kahne started 15th, but during the course of the night he went to the front, back and everywhere in between. He did a little bumping along the way, but he kept his focus on the finish line and ended the night third overall. Not too shabby for the Dodge driver, particularly since everybody around him had a Hendrick powerplant.
Not - Dave Blaney
Another race, another week where Blaney had to go through the motions. Can you believe he's qualified for 16 races this year and has yet to complete 1,000 laps? He's a good driver, so I'm not sure why he continues to drive for a team that won't even try to run a full race.
Hot - Tony Stewart
Smoke started so far back it wasn't even funny, but then he sliced through the field like butter. Not even issues on pit road could derail him at Chicagoland en route to a fourth-place finish. No wonder he still has a commanding lead in the championship.
Not - Kyle Busch
Rowdy got a good start (sixth) to the race, but then his night simply went sour after the first caution. He hit the wall (figuratively and literally) on Lap 51 of 267 and just fell apart until an engine failure finally ended his night. I wonder if he just decided to start his Chase slump a few races early.
Hot - Jeff Gordon
Gordon started seventh and just kept his head down and chugged along all night long. Out of the blue at the end, he even looked like he could be the big winner until a tire spin on the final restart made him settle for second. Still, a great night for the four-time champ.
Not - Scott Speed
Speed had a great qualifying effort, but he fell back from second as soon as the green flag dropped. To make matters worse, the former F1 driver was in position to get damaged in Paul Menard's mid-race mishap. Speed has to get his act together, or his rookie season will be his only one in Sprint Cup competition.