Chat with Tim Brewer
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Tim Brewer will stop by to chat some NASCAR.
Brewer, one of the most successful crew chiefs in NASCAR history with 53 wins, 55 poles and two NASCAR Cup Series championships, joined ESPN in 2007 and reports from the popular ESPN Tech Center during race telecasts.
A native of the Winston-Salem, N.C., area, Brewer started his racing career in 1969 at the age of 14 with local driver Ernie Shaw at Winston-Salem's Bowman Gray Stadium. In 1973, at the age of 18, Brewer became one of the youngest crew chiefs in NASCAR history when he joined the Cup Series team of Winston-Salem driver Richard Childress and served for five years.
Send your questions now and chat at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday!
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Buzzmaster (1:23 PM)
Tim Brewer will be here in a few minutes to take your NASCAR questions!
Buzzmaster (1:30 PM)
Cory (Geneva, IL)
Jr had his nose in the lead for a turn or two. Fluke or reason to get excited?
Tim Brewer (1:32 PM)
I don't think it's as much as the way he's driving or the way they're changing the cars. Junior's in the garage area and learning how the cars work. He was very very happy with the way the car is running. Hopefully it's something to come in the future that we come to see more of.
Ryan (Gilbert, AZ)
Hey Tim, how are you.........One quick question, what is the hardest part about building a racecar? Thanks
Tim Brewer (1:33 PM)
The hardest part would be going back and having the bodies conform to all of NASCAR's templates. There's a template that goes for all of the sheet metal bodies of the race car. That's the hardest part.
Hey Tim, Do you think David Ruetimann will make the chase this year? if he does he will definetly be the most supriseing driver this year
Tim Brewer (1:34 PM)
I wouldn't be surprised if he makes the Chase, but if you look at the points right now, right on the border of making the chase there are about 5 cars within 17 points. Hopefully getting into the Chase is the same as winning the Chase. Hopefully it will come down to the last lap on who gets into the Chase and then the last lap on who wins the Chase.
Got a question about burn outs - who started the pratice and when did they start? Curious because I've noticed Mark Martin does not do a burn out - do you know why? Thanks!
Tim Brewer (1:36 PM)
Well, in my day if somebody would have turned my engine that many RPMs and did a burnout, I don't know who would have killed him first. With an engine that won a race, would I want it blown out? No way. I would want to bring that home and maybe use it again. I know the fans love it, but I want something that carries me to victory lane as well.
Ron (Green River, WY)
Why are so many people thinking that Joey Logano won't do good in this series? I know he shouldn't have won yesterday but they played their cards right and won, but he is 21st in points. Consider the facts of how hard this car is to learn to drive and going to tracks he never has been to before, I don't think he is doing bad at all. I think he will be much better when they go to tracks for the 2nd time.
Tim Brewer (1:38 PM)
I don't think he's doing a bad job at all. He has one of the best crew chiefs in the modern era. Zippy's no fool. They had some breaks, they spun out. But he put them in a place where they could capitalize. That didn't change the win. I've won races with caution flags, I've lost with caution flags. The young man was there and trying. That's going to be right up there with a popular win this year and I don't have a problem with it.
why is Mark Martin not in the top 10 even if he has 3 wins
Tim Brewer (1:38 PM)
It's not a flaw in the points system, because the system is designed to support consistency. You get the three wins and you're still under 600 points, because that's not going to erase the other bad races. It's all about consistency.
Ive watched nascar since I was 5, (now 20), and am growing increasingly bored with nascar with all the rain shortened races, people who have no right winning, winning, and horrible commentating. What do you think about this?
Tim Brewer (1:40 PM)
Well, I'm sorry you feel that way, but NASCAR can't control the weather. The teams can't control the weather. The crew chiefs have to deal with it from the standpoint of watching the weather and radars. But once NASCAR says it's an official race if they get half the race in, that's the game you have to play. you play the game, your strategy changes. Sure everyone wants to see the race in full. There are guys that should have won that didn't and guys that shouldn't win but did.
kevin (new jersey)
Tim do you agree with me that the start of races should start at 1 or at least be pushed up if theres a threat of rain?
Tim Brewer (1:41 PM)
That would inconvenience more people. People say the race is going to start at 2, people drive the track or fly to the race; they coordinate their schedules around the start time. You're going to make more people mad than resolving the problem.
Who do you expect to see in the top 10 this week at Daytona and why? Thanks
Tim Brewer (1:43 PM)
The Hendrick group. Rick Hendrick has phenomenal cast down there with the restrictor plate racing. They have been rock solid on the plate racetracks. It's going to be one of the forces. I would say it's going to be from one of the Hendrick powered cars.
Joe (Troy, NY)
Does Roush have to jettison one of it's teams at the end of the year? (with the four car rule) If so, who's likely to go...and where?
Tim Brewer (1:44 PM)
Don't look for Roush to completely disassociate themselves of a team. Look for Roush to move one of those teams over to the Yates organization. I don't think Roush will lose anything, but they'll just move them around a little bit.
devin (whitmore lake mi)
will that record stand whit logano now being the youngest driver to win at cup race and i can wait to mis to hear you talk about what have to there cars
Tim Brewer (1:45 PM)
I don't see anybody coming around for the next few races. He's 19 and you have to be 18 to drive a Cup car.
Do you think Kyle Busch deserved the blame for running into Truex?
Tim Brewer (1:46 PM)
He accepted that yesterday. He was in a deal where track position was very important. He tried to get into a spot that was occupied. He apologized. It doesn't fix it, but he said it and you have to accept it.
Kyle Busch is often criticized for an aggressive driving style. Is his style really that different from drivers 5 years ago (I can name several past races (before the COT) where the ultimate winner 'bumped' the leader in order to take air off the rear spoiler to make a pass on the last lap)? Have drivers in general become more passive?
Tim Brewer (1:47 PM)
Does Dale Earnhardt Sr. bring anything to mind? Like they said, if he bumped into you, spun you out, he didn't mean to, but he still won the race. If the shoe fits, wear it.
Hey Tim, since we've already had three in 2009, who'd be your pick for the next first-time winner in the Cup Series?
Tim Brewer (1:48 PM)
That's literally a shot in the dark. There are several people that have a shot to win. Like Logano yesterday, when I'm watching the race, I thought his race was done, but then he gets two lucky dogs and he wins the race. It's a guessing game right now.
What's your opinion on the Danica-to-Hendrick, Jr out rumor over the weekend. Seemed to me to be some no-name blogger trying to make a name for himself
Tim Brewer (1:49 PM)
I don't think there's any value to that. I'm sure Roush is talking to Danica as well as Hendrick. To bring her in and Junior out, I don't think there's anything to that. If she comes to NASCAR, I think there's a learning curve in the Nationwide Series. If she does come over, I hope she takes that path.
Tim Brewer (1:50 PM)
We enjoy answering your questions. Helping the fans with any questions you have. We have a lot of fans that come back to give us input on the Craftsman Tech garage. If you have any questions, send them on over!
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