Who were the winners and losers in Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot -- Jimmie Johnson
Johnson made it look easy for most of the race Sunday, and then when his crew bobbled late he turned it up an extra notch and got back up front. The ability to do that is just one of the reasons he has three straight titles to his credit.
Not -- No. 48 crew
Fellas, when the chips are down stick with what got you to the show. Jimmie Johnson won the race, but he had to overcome a late blunder by you guys this time. You are one of the best in the business; you can't do that again.
Hot -- Kurt Busch
Busch started 19th Sunday and drove toward the front like he owned the place. Had it not been for that last caution, the brew crew might have taken the Monster home.
Not -- Kyle Busch
Nothing went right for Busch this weekend, but he did earn a new nickname "thorn." He started out as a thorn in Dale Jr's. side, then refused to talk with reporters after both the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series races. Finally, it appeared that he gave bad information to the pit crew about a vibration that resulted in two trips to the pits that ended his chances of doing any good at all Sunday.
Hot -- No. 88 team
Usually a 12th-place finish is nothing to write home about, but for the first time in a long time the Amp boys had no mistakes in the pits; they fixed and refixed the car and Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed relaxed and more confident then he has been in quite a while. Don't count out the Lance McGrew-led crew.
Not -- David Stremme
Get control of your car, Stremme! The driver of the No. 12 got loose once and took out Robby Gordon and Paul Menard in one accident. As if that wasn't enough, he got loose later on and took himself out.
Hot -- Tony Stewart
Smoke earned a runner-up finish and the championship lead on Sunday despite saying his car wasn't a top-10 ride. Just imagine what he'll do when his team hits on the setup next time.
Not -- Tony Raines
Partner, when NASCAR gives you a free pass as it did early in the Autism Speaks 400, you gotta take it no matter how many times you have to return to the pits during the caution to get your car right.
Hot -- Roush Fenway Racing
These guys were picked to be the ones to beat at Dover and they proved it earning three top-seven finishes and an additional top-15 result. Something tells me Roush Fenway is about to start getting results like these more often.
Not -- Jeff Gordon
From back pains to car pains, nothing went right for Gordon on Sunday at Dover. He didn't even seem to be himself during the driver interviews after the event.