The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is already off to a hot start, and it doesn’t go without controversy to those who are tangled in it. Of course this won’t involve those who are off to a bad start, and yes they do deserve to be on this list. Not necessarily a bad start, but mainly bad luck. At this time, we are looking at who are the hottest drivers after the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta as far as finishes is concerned. Of course that’s how I always view it anyway, but I don’t never claim I’m right.
- Kyle Busch: The defending Sprint Cup Champion is off to a hot start thanks to a pair of third place finishes. Kyle is once again leading the charge for Joe Gibbs Racing andToyota, and hasn’t missed a step. Toyota has four drivers in the top five in points, and that says a lot. Kyle isn’t wasting any time holding onto to that Sprint Cup. We all know he can hardly wait to go back home to Las Vegas to continue his hot streak as he heads west with the points lead.
- Martin Truex Jr: Truex may have had a career year last season, but thanks to Furniture Row Racing’s alliance with Toyota and JGR, it could go even higher. An extreme second place finish at Daytona and settling for seventh in Atlanta, Truex could once again start a long streak of top 10’s again. He is now going from dark horse to powerhouse as a single car driver. FRR isn’t letting the roof flap penalty in Daytona stop them from taking charge and sitting second in points.
- Kevin Harvick: Even after leading the most laps at Atlanta with 151, Jimmie Johnsonpicked the right time to take the win away from him. But after two top 10 finishes the first two races, Harvick has nothing to hang his head about. Though I’m sure that a repeat win at Las Vegas and finishing higher than second would be enough to satisfy him. The new aerodynamic package seems to be key for him, and even with the move to Ford next season, there’s no affect on his performance sitting third in points.
- Carl Edwards: I wouldn’t necessarily say that Carl is on a hot streak, but even with cosmetic damage at Daytona, you can say that he has fought his way in as a wounded warrior. Around this time last year, Carl struggled to adapt to his new surroundings. Now that he has settled in this year at the start of 2016, Carl already has two fifth place finishes to move up to fourth in points.
- Kurt Busch: Two top 10 starts and a pole awarded thanks to Kyle’s DQ, Kurt too has hung with the best and fought off threats from JGR and Toyota. Even with the move toFord next season, Kurt doesn’t seem phased from the surprise that shocked the NASCAR nation. He has Ford experience, but that’s for next season. For now he’s got a 10th place from Daytona and a fourth place in Atlanta and doesn’t look to be stopping there heading home to Vegas.
One more driver that could be on the list is Matt Kenseth. He also had one of the best cars and could’ve easily had two wins, but has been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The last lap bump at Daytona and the black flag incident in Atlanta has been a series of unfortunate events for Kenseth. No need to question whether he can win, he’s shown that already. He’ll just have to keep a lookout on what’s in front of him next in Las Vegas.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law