Who were the winners and losers in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot -- Tony Stewart
The angels were working overtime for Stewart this weekend; He got the pole because of rain, his team had flawless pit stops all night long, and he had nerves of steel at the end, allowing him to stay on the gas at the end to win Saturday night's race. Throw in a race high 86 laps led and it all combines to a second victory and a 180 point lead in the championship standings.
Not -- Richard Childress Racing
These poor guys have been up and down more then a yoyo this season. Jeff Burton finished closest to the front this week, 16th, while the rest of his teammates were scattered from 26th to 34th in the final results. Maybe things will start to look up in the next few weeks and they will be right back on track.
Hot -- Jimmie Johnson
Johnson kept chuggin' and feeding info to crew chief Chad Knaus. That teamwork paid off at the end and he was in place to capitalize and pick up a nice runner-up finish when the late-race madness ensued.
Not -- David Reutimann
The Franchise was running pretty good Saturday night, but as has been the case the last few weeks a little bit of bad luck led to a trip straight into the wall which left him with a poor finish (36th). There is hope though -- despite his recent up-and-down results, he's still only 74 points on the outside of the Chase.
Hot -- Denny Hamlin
Although he was denied his first Daytona points-race victory, Hamlin ran well all night long and led a whopping 63 laps on Saturday night. He didn't get the win, but at least he got a really good moral and confidence boost.
Not -- Kasey Kahne
Kasey, buddy, playing bumper cars just coming out of a turn is a no-no. But if you must, at least wait another second or two before you tap the guy in front of you. The wreck you caused took out a lot of good cars, and it could have been avoided. And we're not even talking about the last-lap wreck where your car took such a hard beating (pictured).
Hot -- Carl Edwards
Edwards looked more like a boxer than a race car driver on Saturday night -- duck and dive, dodge and run. He managed to miss all the wrecks and finished fourth, not a bad way to gain points in the fight for the Chase.
Not -- David Stremme
Tell me if you've heard this one before -- Stremme couldn't stay out of trouble on race day. Copy and paste is a great tool for guys like him.
Hot -- Kurt Busch
Busch looks like a man on a mission this season. He was a top-10 driver all night long at Daytona, stayed out of trouble and earned a solid fifth-place finish, his sixth top five of the year. There's a reason he's fourth in the championship so far.
Not -- Dave Blaney
Blaney completed less than 10 laps before making a straight line into the garage with "overheating issues." I'm wondering if Blaney and the whole No. 66 Prism Motorsports should be arrested for the money they have ripped off from NASCAR this season with their "start and park" strategy.