Who were the winners and losers in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot - Jeff Gordon
Gordon ran all day like the champion that he is. He whooped up on the field all day long, led a ton of laps and really the race should have come down to him, Kurt Busch or Stewart. But hey, he'll take second and move on to Daytona.
Not - Ryan Newman
Much different result than what we have come to expect from Newman and his crew. They rolled the dice late on fuel mileage and lost, falling all the way to 26th. It hurts in the standings, but they will bounce back.
Hot - Kurt Busch
Busch ran excellent all day long, stayed in the hunt and was in line for a top three finish before the rains came. But let's remember, he won one thanks to rain so I guess if he had to lose one to weather. It could have been a lot worse.
Not - Richard Childress Racing
If these guys didn't have bad luck, they wouldn't have any luck at all. The majority of the RCR teams were running great until halfway through the race when 75 percent of the teams were taken to the garage after a multicar crash.
Hot - Greg Zipadelli
Joey Logano was driving a normal race, but Zipadelli put him in Victory Lane. Zippy's knowledge, experience and know-how created the 11th different race winner this season. Lucky or not, Logano deserves credit for the win, but he better share it with his crew chief.
Not - Martin Truex Jr.
The multicar wreck (pictured above) was not his fault, but what matters is the result at the end of the day and once again it just wasn't there for Truex. Too bad, he was well on his way to being on the right side of this week's Hot or Not before the incident.
Hot - Tony Stewart
Maybe Smoke should wreck his car in practice every week. Last time he pulled off the feat, he won the race. This week he had to "settle" for a fifth-place finish for his 13th top-10 run in 17 races. He can do no wrong on track when it matters most.
Not - Jamie McMurray
McMurray started 19th but dropped to 37th by the time the checkered flag flew. The combination of problems and wall contact sure didn't help him as he tries to secure his job for next year.
Hot - Sam Hornish Jr.
Much like Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr. has been moving in the right direction since the start of the year and could prove to be one of the gifted drivers who can make it in both open-wheel and stock car competition. And by the way, he is running circles around teammate David Stremme, who is supposed to be the experienced stock car driver.
Not - Patrick Carpentier
Out by Lap 15 on Sunday due to an early crash, Carpentier is another one of the open-wheelers that isn't going to make it. This is almost like asking a pro football player to become a pro baseball player. One or two might make the switch succesfully, but it's not meant for everyone.