Chat with Mark Garrow
Garrow began reporting on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1984 and has been doing a daily nationally-syndicated NASCAR news radio show currently called PRN's Garage Pass since 1987. Garrow is currently the co-anchor for the Performance Racing Network (PRN) national radio broadcasts of Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. The Vermont native was voted the National Motorsports Press Association's Barney Hall award winner in 2002, the Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 2006 and has collected over 30 NMPA awards. While the bulk of his work has been on radio, Garrow has been on television for ESPN, TNT, TNN and Fox.
Along with being a Jayski.com correspondent, Mark Garrow will also serve this year as one of ESPN's Fantasy Racing experts and write for ESPN.com. In addition, he'll be producing seven podcasts each week throughout the season.
Send in your questions now and check back at 1 p.m. ET Monday to chat with Mark!
Mark Garrow (1:11 PM)
Good afternoon everyone..it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood don't you think?
How scared of JJ should Kyle be right now?
Mark Garrow (1:15 PM)
Really scared because this team is really coming on and I really don't think it has peaked yet. Johnson also knows the pressures of being in a fight to the finish and both Busch and Edwards don't. Still, with the mile and a half programs Edwards and Busch have they are going to be right there I think to decide this thing. I think right now in my mind the only other two guys in the top-12 that have shown some flashes where they could crash the party are Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr...Hamlin has had three straight third place finishes but I think that team will shoot themselves in the foot before it's over and I'm not sure Hamlin is cool enough under the gun to go all the way. Burton and Harvick are steady but haven't shown the ability to run a string of top-fives and that's what it's going to take a long with one to three wins by the eventual champion.
Who looks the best going into the Chase?
Mark Garrow (1:17 PM)
Hank, I think the big three are Busch, Edwards and Johnson...and as I just said the next tier I put Dale Jr. and Smoke..Next tier Hamlin, Burton, Harvick, and BIffle..Next tier..Gordon, Kenseth, Bowyer..It's crazy not giving a Jeff Gordon a fighting chance going in, but if you can't win you can't win the title I don't think. It's possible, of course, but the big 3 are going to win and run up front and it will be hard to keep pace.
how disappointed should Kasey Kahne be about not making hte chase?
Mark Garrow (1:19 PM)
Bill, He should be really, really disappointed. This team got hot for about a month and Kahne got up to eighth. You're thinking no way to they drop out of the top-12, but for some unexplainable reason they went back to the way they were running at the begining of the year and dropped out. Kasey caught a bad break with the bone head driving of Casey Mears and Michael Waltrip at Bristol, sweeping him into a crash and out of the top-12..but it's wait until next year now for Kahne and Company.
Are you impressed with how solidly Clint Bowyer made the chase?
Mark Garrow (1:23 PM)
Lance, I'm a big fan of Clint Bowyer but he didn't make the Chase solidly...they stumbled in to the playoff. When he won RIchmond in May that was the end of a stretch of seven straight top-10 finishes with three top-fives, including the RIchmond victory. In the next 16 races, he's had only 4 top-ten and 1 top-five finish. This team is off balance going into the Chase and it's really, really important they come out with a bang at New Hampshire this weekend. A win like a year ago would be exactly what this team needs to gain some confidence and momentum. Yes, he got in by 69 points, but it was ugly even at Richmond where he almost, at one point, went a lap down. He got lucky there so let's see if they can capitalize on it.
Is it safe to say that JJ is a pretty clutch driver?
Mark Garrow (1:25 PM)
Absolutely, Evan. This guy is "money" when the pressures on. At one point, it looked like it was just going to be a two man fight between Busch and Edwards, but no question Johnson has elbowed his way into the picture. He's the two-time heavyweight champ so let's see if Busch or Edwards has what it takes to knock him out.
TONY (KEIZER, OREGON)
with the changes made to the budshootout, who's going to watch,,,,,not me
Mark Garrow (1:27 PM)
Tony, I'm not really sure how to feel about the new rules for the Shootout. But to make it more interesting I think they also should have put up some cash for a "team championship" in the race. So you have the winner..but you also crown a manufacturers championship out of the deal as well. That way we could see the Toyotas ganging up on the Chevys or Chevy, Ford, and Dodge ganging up on Toyota etc...I think that would make it more appetizing to watch...But any new rules should have grandfathered in Tony Stewart and the defending winner of the Daytona 500 Ryan Newman...Seems crazy those two won't be in the race.
how do they rank the drivers in the chase who are tied if they have to start the next race on point standings
Mark Garrow (1:28 PM)
I believe they went from wins, to who had the most seconds..if that was a tie..who had the most thirds..etc..etc...
Do you think we need a road race as a part of the chase?
Mark Garrow (1:30 PM)
Dear Lord...NO...Road racing is not what this series is about...I don't mean to offend you but there will be an open revolt if NASCAR ever did that and I don't think they ever will. Let these guys decide it on left turn only tracks and let the best man win.
chris (richmond, va)
Does Hendrick have any regrets in dropping Kyle last year, particularly when he intends to drop Mears at the end of this year? Just imagine a 4-car stable with Ky. Busch/Johnson/J. Gordon/Dale Jr.?
Mark Garrow (1:33 PM)
Chris, I bet Mr. Hendrick has thought about that line-up..sort of would have been like the old Yankees and "murderer's row"...Hendrick got rid of Kyle because his behavior did not match what his organization is about..I told Rick I understood why Kyle was let go, but I also told him in the Gibbs equipment Busch was going to give him a few sleepless nights and I'm sure he has..From a pure business standpoint, Hendrick should have probably let Mears go last year and kept Kyle, but it was solely a business decision. Hendrick wants to be surrounded by people with a certain quality Busch didn't have at the time and Mears did.
TONY (KEIZER, OREGON)
how can u say that Mark,,,,what is the chase, its the playoffs to see who is the best of the best. You cant see who the best is unless you have every style of track in the postseason,,,,,,
Mark Garrow (1:35 PM)
Sorry Tony, but I'd rather see them race on dirt in the Chase before I watched another road race..Two is more than enough..and it's not what this series is about. It would be like the Grand Am road racing series have an oval track race as their season-finale..it just doesn't make sense.
Jeff (South Jersey)
Hey Mark, Based on performance on the types of tracks in the Chase... who has the best advantage.
Mark Garrow (1:37 PM)
WIth five 1.5-mile tracks in the final 10..I think it plays to the strength of Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards along with the fast-closing Jimmie "Threepeat" Johnson...The other guys in the Chase have not shown the speed or the consistency to hang with those guys in my opinion.
Mark Garrow (1:38 PM)
Well, that's going to do it for me today...don't forget my Fantasy Cup chat coming up this Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 eastern..catch you then...The Guru has left the building....