Who were the winners and losers in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway? FOXSports.com blogger Gunaquat offers his thoughts in this week's Hot or Not.
Hot -- Double file restarts
Being one of the thousands who asked for this change, of course I would think it was a hot deal, but the best part about the rule change was that it seemed to work really well. Once everybody gets things squared away and get to know the rule, I think the racing will be better than ever.
Not -- Kyle Busch
"Thorn" started sixth and just went backwards. By lap 150, Busch had dropped to 18th. Eventually, he would finish the race 22nd. More than anything though, his Pete Townshend impression after Saturday night's Nationwide Series victory earned him the "not" label this week.
Hot -- Ryan Newman
Newman started strong in fifth, but motor problems plagued him in the early part of the race. He stayed calm, however, and his crew's hard work let him charge back to finish where he started. Not a bad day.
Not -- Kurt Busch
Busch the elder is really only a "sorta not" this week. He was running great until he lost a couple of belts, his car overheated and his good run went out the window. No sweat though, he will rebound next week and be right back in the hunt.
Hot -- Jeff Gordon
Despite having a problematic car in traffic, Gordon ran a good race at Pocono and managed to gamble late on fuel strategy for a fourth-place finish. It's better to be lucky than good on some days.
Not -- Michael Waltrip
The result (17th) was better than Waltrip deserved on Sunday, as he had his share of out-of-control moments. I think it's time for him to pack it in and get another driver in the No. 55 -- Martin Truex Jr. sounds like a good option to me.
Hot -- Carl Edwards
The luck of the duck didn't quite hold up Sunday, but Edwards had an excellent day nonetheless. Cousin Carl started 11th but charged up front to lead the most laps on race day. However, being a half-second slow off pit road cost him the victory. Still, second place ain't bad for Edwards and his crew.
Not -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Just when you thought things would get better, Earnhardt shoots himself in the foot by shooting past his stall during a mid-race pit stop. The AMP/National Guard crew can't help Junior if he continues to be his worst enemy.
Hot -- Tony Stewart
Smoke got the pole thanks to rain showers on Friday, wrecked his car Saturday, started in the rear and raced to the top 10 in less then 45 laps on Sunday -- that alone would get him on the "hot" list. But Stewart was far from done. He would go on to stretch his fuel mileage to an unheard of point and win the race. His nerves are not the only thing made of steel.
Not -- Denny Hamlin
Hamlin couldn't have had a worse start -- dropping from seventh to last in just a matter of feet after the green waved. It only got worse after spending time in the garage, as he returned to the track only to have another problem almost immediately. Not the weekend he wanted.