Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Leaving Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala – After a wild 188 Laps of racing action on Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway, several drivers who were going to show up on the “not” list this week moved their ways off.

Alex Bowman scored his first top 10 finish of the year (2nd). Ryan Preece (3rd)earned his first top 10 result since an eighth place run in the Daytona 500. Daniel Hemric finally got a finish he deserved (5th).

But, a few more drivers never got off that list while a few more stayed on the “hot” list.

Here’s who they are.

Who’s Hot 

Kyle Busch

How is he not on here. He was running second on the final restart but just didn’t get the drafting help to win. Busch, still earned a top 10 finish for his 10th in as many races to start 2019 off with.

Kurt Busch

He didn’t give his little brother the drafting help he needed, but Kurt did earn another top 10 finish. Sunday, was Busch’s seventh of the year to go along with just one finish worse than 12th all season.

Joey Logano

The defending Cup Series champion is looking like he’s going to have another good chance of a repeat. Logano, earned his third straight top five finish on the season and looks like a prime contender to win for a second time of the year here soon.

Ryan Newman

The new Roush/Fenway Racing driver secured a seventh place run in his No. 6 Ford on Sunday afternoon. Newman, now has three consecutive top 10 finish on the year to go along with four straight top 11’s.

Who’s Not

Ryan Blaney

This has been a year of bad luck for Blaney. On Sunday, he finished 15th for his third result of 15th or worse in the last four races. In fact, in 10 starts in 2019, Blaney has finished 15th or worse in six of them.

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski is struggling lately too. Since his win in Martinsville, the Team Penske driver has finishes of 36th, 18th, 7th and 13th respectively.

Erik Jones

When all three of your teammates are winning and you’re in a contract year, a spin on your own at the end of the race doesn’t bode well. Neither does his seventh finish of 13th or worse in his last eight starts on the year either.

Kyle Larson

To start 2019 off with, he finished seventh in the Daytona 500 and led 150 laps in the second race in Atlanta. Unfortunately, a costly mistake on pit road cost him a win as he finished 12th.

His season has been all downhill from that moment on.

Larson, had an early race problem the next week in Vegas and finished 12th again. He then finished sixth a week later in Phoenix and 12th for a third time in four week at Fontana.

In his last five races, Larson has finished – 18th, 39th, 19th, 37th and 24th respectively.

He cut a tire two weeks ago in Richmond and had to pit. His crew didn’t get the sheet metal away from his tires good enough and a few laps later, he cut another tire and crashed. He finished last that night.

On Sunday, he was involved in a frightening last lap crash at the Talladega Superspeedway, where his car got airborne before making contact with the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch. While in the air and hitting the wall, Larson’s car started to tumble end over end down the backstretch.

William Byron

The second year driver is on here due to only scoring one top 10 finish all season. Byron, finished 21st on Sunday for his eighth finish of 15th or worse in 10 tries in 2019.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 

When his teammate is on the “hot” list, he shows up on the “not” list. Stenhouse, finished 25th in Sunday’s race for his fifth straight finish outside of the top 15. He only has one top 10 all year with the rest of the results being 13th or worse.

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