Well you might as well say the two-week short track tour has ended, and Carl Edwards swept both of them. But with Talladega coming up, it could all change in a heartbeat. This was most likely the best time to rack in what you can since the “Big One” is unpredictable. While some of these drivers might be hot right now after Richmond, it could all change once they hit the superspeedway. Time to look at the five hottest drivers after the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
Carl Edwards: Now this is a no brainer. Two consecutive poles and two consecutive wins in three races has to put the number 19 in the top spot. No one can deny the hot streak Carl is on right now, and most importantly, he holds the points lead for the first time this season.
Kevin Harvick: Even though Harvick lost the points lead after Carl’s win, he still has three straight top 10’s after his fifth place finish at Richmond. He was fastest in first practice on Friday, which was why he led 63 laps. He now has the third most all season with Carl leading with 626.
Joey Logano: Being one of the few to race Tony Stewart clean and hard on his return is not the only reason. An eighth place finish at Richmond and third straight top 10 continues to keep him on my list. Competition has been stiff this season, but no doubt had stayed in the top five in points the last four races.
Kurt Busch: Big brother Kurt no doubt showed that he could beat little brother Kyle if it were not for his car bottoming out for some mysterious reason. Instead of trying to become the seventh different driver to win, Kurt ended up in 10th. He was one of four drivers to lead 50 laps or more at Richmond.
Martin Truex Jr: A ninth place finish at Richmond kept Truex in the top 10 in points and thanks to a sixth place finish at Texas to get him started back. Though he fell into a slump between Atlanta and Martinsville, two top 10’s in the last three races has helped put Truex back in the top 10. While everyone else fell back in the standings after Ruchmond, Truex stood firm.
Okay this week’s list was not totally easy, and in some cases I blame Bristol for it. I know for a fact that Talladega will just make it worse. Here’s to the next five who will make my job easier next week (which I totally doubt).
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law