Who were the winners and losers in Sunday's LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot - Mark Martin
Martin started so far back he couldn't even see the start flag, but he ran his normal "getting into position" race and worked the whole race so he could be where he needed to be for the last five laps. When Johnson and Biffle ran out of gas, Martin was in position to capitalize and earn his third win of the season.
Not - AJ Allmendinger and John Andretti
These guys need to realize that your car is suppose to be at its best at the end of the race, not two days before when you qualify. The Dinger (pictured) started sixth but finished 39th, while Andretti started 10th and finished 33rd. Maybe we should watch the race in reverse, they would have much better finishes.
Hot - Denny Hamlin
Great race for Hamlin. His third-place run moved him from the edge of the Chase field (12th) to 10th in the standings. A few more runs like this and he'll put himself right in the thick of things again.
Not - Kyle Busch
Rowdy started on the inside front and spent much of the day going back, closing the gap a little, but then going back to the back. I wish just once he would get on the radio and say "Guys, It's me today, not the car."
Hot - Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson
These two front-runners put on quite a show at Michigan. Johnson ran like he owned the place all day and led the most laps again; Biffle started 20th and went through the field like a dose of salt. These two offered the best racing I've seen in a while. If only they had an extra 1/2 gallon of fuel and we could have been treated to one heck of a finish.
Not - Brian Vickers
Vickers had the pole for the race, but once the flag dropped he started dropping like a rock. Not his best day.
Hot - Jeff Gordon
Gordon is another one who started the race on the outskirts of town, but he jockeyed for position all day and worked his way into a very well-deserved runner-up finish. He looked much like the champion of old and will surely be among the top drivers when the Chase begins.
Not - David Stremme
I'm convinced that Stremme could wreck in the middle of an empty Home Depot parking lot and lose the race if he was the only car running, but i suppose all race organizations need a tax write-off for loss and Stremme has certainly been a money loser start to finish this season.
Hot - Carl Edwards
Excellent run for "The Duck" on Sunday. Like the majority of big winners, Edwards started deep in the field (29th) and ended the day on a high note. Sure, he didn't gain spots in the standings, but he did pick up points on championship leader Tony Stewart. Also, cousin Carl was one of three Roush Fenway cars in the top 12, proving they may be back among the best.
Not - Start and parks
In these hard times, we may see more and more of this problem. Maybe Joe Nemechek (pictured) and a couple of the others should join forces and form a two- or three-car team. I really think they would get more sponsor support if they were a multi-car team, even if it is a small one.