The Frontstretch: Who's Hot / Who's Not : Drivers of the Decade, Part 1 by Cami Starr -- Monday April 17, 2006

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Who's Hot / Who's Not : Drivers of the Decade, Part 1

Cami Starr · Monday April 17, 2006


Since there was no race this weekend, the Starr Report decided to take on bigger and better things. Instead of just tracking the current season, this week’s Starr Report is taking on an entire decade! That’s right, who’s hot and who’s not from 2000 to 2006. Do you think your driver has what it takes to make the hot list, or is he as cold as a New England day in December? You’ll have to read this week’s Starr Reports to find out.

Because of the large number of drivers who have raced in the past six plus years, Who’s Hot and Who’s Not has ranked only active drivers with at least 100 starts. So, before you get yourself all in a huff, that means despite two wins this season, no Kasey Kahne. Carl Edwards fans won’t be doing any back flips either, as he also didn’t qualify for the list.

In their place, though, are plenty of talented drivers who did make the list and find themselves jockeying for position as you read this. The finish line for this list of the decade will come tomorrow with part two of a three-part series, but here are a few tidbits in the meantime that will give you a sneak peek into where some of the drivers might land.

In 2000, Bobby Labonte kicked off the decade with a Championship, and has finished in the Top 5 in almost 25% of the races he’s run despite his recent slump. Meanwhile, fellow veteran Mark Martin has finished in the Top 10 in the standings four of the last six seasons. Labonte has dropped off in recent years, though, and Martin’s finishes in the points haven’t necessarily translated into wins on the race track, with only four trips to Victory Lane this decade. Have these veterans done enough to leave themselves on the “hot” side of the scale, or have they gone over the edge to the “cooler” side of the bracket?

Meanwhile, what driver with a famous last name has put together a meager average finish of only 26.4? Is that good enough for anything but a spot in the “deep freeze?”
Finally, when it comes to crowing the King of the Decade, will it be the driver with 24 wins, the driver with a winning percentage of 13%, or the driver with 132 Top 10 finishes in 221 starts? More importantly, who might these drivers be?

You’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to read Part Two of The Starr Report: Who’s Hot/Who’s Not- The Decade Edition.

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04/18/2006 04:12 PM

MARK MARTIN-intergrity, professionalism, experience. A standard for all drivers to model themselves after.

04/19/2006 10:51 AM

where the hell is kenseth? he has finished higher than jr in all but what? one season? gimme a break….

04/19/2006 12:50 PM

A, I’m not sure why you are in an uproar yet. Cami has not given her “Hot” list yet (that is Part III for tomorrow) so we do not know where Kenseth or Jr are in her list. You’ll have to check back with Part III tomorrow to see if you still have reason to complain….


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