Hot 20 over the past 10 – Smoke ‘em if you got him

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”266″][/media-credit]Taking Tony Stewart as part of your fantasy team usually doesn’t pay off too much this time of year. Apparently, Tony just decided that March is the new June, to add two wins in five events to the five in ten he chalked up in the fall.

In fact, it is the quickest he has ever won two in a season, which he has done in all but one of his 14 campaigns. The previous best was May 5, 2002 at Richmond, the eleventh race of that year. Now, with two wins in March, he already has pretty much secured a place in the Chase. Talk about sitting pretty, which is something few have ever accused Tony of being.

Here is a look at our hottest twenty drivers over the past ten events, going back to Talladega last fall.

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1. Tony Stewart – 401 pts – (5 wins, 6 Top Fives, 7 Top Tens)
NASCAR, all Tony all the time.

2. Carl Edwards – 346 pts – (0-5-7)
The gap between Mr. Consistency and Mr. Victory is starting to widen.

3. Denny Hamlin – 338 pts – (1-3-5)
What is there not to like about Denny? Well, my space here is limited…

4. Clint Bowyer – 336 pts – (1-2-6)
Life isn’t fair. I go bald, but Clint went blonde.

5. Greg Biffle – 336 pts – (0-4-5)
My Biffle’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble, hey-la-day-la…

6. Kevin Harvick – 335 pts – (0-3-5)
Take away Talladega, and Happy is even better than Edwards.

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr – 325 pts – (0-2-5)
It might be weird, but don’t be afeared of the man with the beard, but if he wins be a-skeered.

8. Martin Truex Jr – 322 pts – (0-2-7)
This is what happens when you finish in the Top Twenty over the past 10.

9. Jeff Burton – 316 pts – (0-3-6)
If poor results were a tad less poor he could be a contender

10. Matt Kenseth – 307 pts – (1-4-4)
When Matt is good, he is very, very good, but when he is bad, he is horrid.

11. Ryan Newman – 297 pts – (0-2-4)
If I had to pick a Rocket Man, I would give Ryan the nod over Elton John.

12. Paul Menard – 293 pts – (0-0-4)
The Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR has to be getting some respect about now.

13. Jimmie Johnson – 292 pts – (0-3-5)
Happy he got the points back, but tired of Chad trying to hit him up for a loan.

14. Brad Keselowski – 280 pts – (1-3-3)
Got his win and staying close in points, it is good to be Brad Keselowski.

15. Kasey Kahne – 271 pts – (1-2-4)
If not for his Red Bull stats his 10-race performance would be pure bull.

16. Joey Logano – 257 pts – (0-0-2)
Not a front runner, not a tailgater, just a middle of the road kind of guy.

17. Jeff Gordon – 254 pts – (0-2-4)
Gas man figures Jeff should go through the self-service line.

18. A.J. Allmendinger – 249 pts – (0-0-2)
Might not be exactly dominating just yet, but he is here and neither Busch is.

19. Mark Martin – 243 pts – (0-0-2)
Probably afraid to retire. Look at what happened to Rusty.

20. Juan Pablo Montoya – 236 pts – (0-0-1)
When your season highlight is crashing into a jet dryer, you got some work to do.

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