NASCAR: Who's Hot And Who's Not Heading Into Pocono

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NASCAR is filled with ups and downs and often times those change week to week. Beyond The Flag is proud to present its Who’s Hot and Who’s Not Series each week leading up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. This series will touch on some of the circuits  hottest drivers and teams as well as those who are on the opposite side of the spectrum. Without further ado let’s find out who is hot and who is not as we prepare for the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway.

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Tags: Brian Vickers Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth NASCAR Paul Menard

  • Patricia Anne Campobasso Snide

    his true fans NEVER doubted him for a second…we knew they would get it together and now he has proved all you PRESS people wrong!! and as far as the NASCAR Community, we are part of that community and NEVER thought he was out…so make sure you keep your comments about yourself and try not to include EVERYONE!! GO JIMMIE!! Make it 3 in a row in Pocono!!!

  • Leto

    “It was only a couple of weeks ago that fans were worried about Jimmie Johnson and his 2014 season.”
    They were? Given the responses on Twitter, it sure seemed like the media was the main source of all of that worrying about him… the fans all knew that it was just a matter of time before he won, and probably started winning a lot.

    I guess I also don’t get how TNT is “hot” when they haven’t even been promoting the NASCAR races until just the last few days. I don’t remember seeing a single NASCAR commercial on TNT before this past Sunday. They don’t care about NASCAR. If they did care, they wouldn’t have tried to sell off their races this year to Fox, ESPN, or NBC, in hopes that they could break the contract and not have to air NASCAR.

    Last year, 4 of 6 TNT races were down in ratings- and the two that were up (Kentucky & New Hampshire) were only up just over 100k viewers each- less than the drop for Daytona (500k viewers) and much less than the drop for Pocono (900k viewers). TNT’s ratings this year will probably be even worse, if Fox’s ratings are any indication.

    I also disagree with Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers being “not hot” coming into Pocono. 1 bad race is all that’s needed? In the last 5 races, both of them have multiple Top 10s (Kyle Busch has 4 Top 15s). I would say that Kyle is not hot because Pocono isn’t a great track for him and he is either feast or famine here (7 Top 10s, but 5 finishes of 30th or worse in 18 starts). Vickers would be not hot since he hasn’t run at Pocono since 2011 for Red Bull (yeah) and only has 2 starts at the track since 2009.

    Here’s two true “not hots” for you: Kurt Busch- his last Top 15 was his win at Martinsville and AJ Allmendinger- typically strong at Dover, yet got into the wreck with Stenhouse, and then never recovered from being laps down, not to mention 3 finishes outside the Top 20 following his Top 5 at Talladega.

    Here’s a “hot” to replace TNT: Aric Almirola. Four straight Top 15s. This team appears to be clicking, and they’re actually running better than the 3 Roush cars more and more. Pocono could be, with a little luck, that race where Almirola shows what this team is capable of.