Chat with NASCAR Now's Ray Evernham
Known for years as one of the best crew chiefs in the business, helping Jeff Gordon gain his championship foothold, Evernham has gone on to success as a car owner, including Kasey Kahne's current ride, and on air with ESPN.
A true NASCAR insider with connections throughout the racing world, Evernham is the perfect guy to talk about the first two weeks of the season and everything else going on in NASCAR.
Send in your questions below and stop by at 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday!
Ray Evernham (1:31 PM)
Hello, looking forward to some good questions!
Chris (Arlington, VA)
What do you think the chances are that JJ wins his 4th straight title? He seems to be firing on all cylinders right now, even though it is early
Ray Evernham (1:32 PM)
Good question. I gave 3-1 odds on Jimmie doing that. He's going to get a strong run from some of the competitors, whether that is Edwards, Gordon, or Kyle Busch, I don't know. The biggest thing that could stop him from competing is racing circumstances.
Brandon Miami, Fl
Do you think Juan Pablo Montoya will get a win this season?
Ray Evernham (1:33 PM)
His best shot is going to come on the road course. If he doesn't win at Sears Point or Watkins Glen, I don't think he's going to get one.
Dave(Kentucky) [via mobile]
Do you think Kyles running into junior might have been intentional or as DW put it" blaming the stay dry?"
Ray Evernham (1:33 PM)
It was absolutely not intentional. It could have been new or loose tires, low air pressure--if you watch the tape, it wasn't intentional. The only way to save a car in that situation is to turn to the right.
gatorbait..Lake City, FL
Why do thing Dale Jr. is having a such a difficult time winning races lately?
Ray Evernham (1:34 PM)
I don't know, though I think about it a lot. He has a tremendous amount of talent, good equipment, and good people surrounding him. As an outside looking in, I think it's just communication and motivation, because the talent and equipment are there.
Jeff - Neillsville WI
Ray, What are your thoughts on Nascar staying with Goodyear. I can understand that they want to keep the field even for everyone. But, Goodyear has made some terrible mistakes. I think its time for a change. Who knows, maybe another manufacturer can save the teams some money in these tuff times. Thanks ! Jeff
Ray Evernham (1:36 PM)
Not everything that has happened has been because of a Goodyear mistake. everyone has to share in it...the sanctioning body, the tire manufacturers, etc. They have a very small window to work in. NASCAR dictates the size of the tire and wheel and gives them a box to work in. People want a tire to wear perfectly, which is impossible in a lot of cases. It seems like lately they are working hard to address the problems with the COT. They have worked hard to support the sport for a long time. I think we need to be loyal to Goodyear in appreciation for what they've done to grow the sport, and work together to solve these problems.
I just wanted to get your thoughts on what Tony Stewart has done this season. Pretty impressive, in my opinion. Can he keep it up, though?
Ray Evernham (1:38 PM)
I agree...what Tony is doing is impressive, knocking off the top fives and being in position to win. Hopefully he can also get Ryan's team up to speed. It's a huge load, doing what he's doing...he gets an A+ as far as the first part of the season goes for me.
I'm new to the sport, so maybe I don't get it...but how does Jr. miss his pit stalls? Is he distracted? What's the deal?
Ray Evernham (1:39 PM)
You know, whether you're new or not, (because I'm not new), you ask the same question. I know drivers who haven't done that twice in their whole career. If I'm Rick Hendrick, I'm finding out what's going on, because it should have been fixed the first time it happened.
How is Mark Martin doing what he is doing at his age?
Ray Evernham (1:39 PM)
Mark is an incredibly person overall. He's a very talented racecar driver, and is so disciplined in terms of what he eats and how he works out, and he has the commitment and desire of a bulldog. Mark is an incredible person, and he'd still be doing it at 60, I think.
Are you ever going to get back on Kasey Kahne's pit box. I just feel like it would help out a lot if you are out there, hes got all that talent.
Ray Evernham (1:41 PM)
As much as I like Kasey and Kenny Francis, and somedays I do miss the crew chief thing, those days are over for me. I've retired. Crew chief is a tough job right now. I do miss it, but my last race on top of the box with Kasey was the Coke 600 last year, and we were lucky enough to win that race. I thought that was a great way to go out...if you see me sitting on the box with someone, it's purely social.
Ray Evernham (1:42 PM)
As usual, great questions, I'm looking forward to Easter and hope everyone has a pleasant one!