Chat with Terry Blount
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com NASCAR writer Terry Blount will stop by to talk about all the latest news and notes from around the NASCAR track.
Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com after 25 years as a sports reporter and columnist at three major metro newspapers.
Send your questions now and join Blount Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Terry Blount (2:07 PM)
Sorry guys. As you can imagine, I'm a little busy with the Carl news. So lets hears it.
Drew (Pickerington, OH)
Does Keselowski really need to be begging for a suspension. Sounds like a baby to me.
Terry Blount (2:08 PM)
I couldn't disagree more. I'm shocked than NASCAR let this slide with a meaningless probation.
when will we see reed sorenson on the track agagin
Terry Blount (2:09 PM)
A Reed question today may be the biggest surpise yet. He'll race somewhere soon in NW or trucks.
whats gonna happen when someone dies in the grandstand,99 wrong time and wrong place and put fans in harms way
Terry Blount (2:10 PM)
I agree. NASCAR should have dealt with this more severely.
So can we expect the same reaction from NASCAR and the fans when the 12 punts the 99 again?
Terry Blount (2:11 PM)
First, the 12 didn't punt the 99 Sunday. Second, NASCAR basically has shown it means it when it says have at it boys.
Jimbo (Riverside Ca)
Ok,I will take back what I said about JJ being lucky at Fontucky.Edwards is very "LUCKY"
Terry Blount (2:12 PM)
I wouldn't even call it a slap ion thwe wrist.
What was the general feeling in the garage as to what should've happened to Carl?
Terry Blount (2:12 PM)
And think most people expected some type of points penalty.
I don't think Carl will be intentionally spinning anyone soon, he looked kinda freaked out after he got out of the car, may have scared him as much as the 12.
Terry Blount (2:13 PM)
You're probably right about Carl, but other drivers may try it after seeing Carl got away it.
Was Carl E. docked any points or is he just on probation? That seems like a really small slap on the wrist to me?
Terry Blount (2:14 PM)
No points taken. And caling it a slap on the wrist is an insult to the pain of wrist slaps.
I know the 12 didnt punt the 99 this week, I'm predicting he will in the future.
Terry Blount (2:15 PM)
I doubt it. Those two will avoid each other. But we will see more of these type of incidents because NASCAR let it slide.
Mark (Mount Airy,MD)
Hello Terry, Kudos to Menard and Speed on how well they have run so far this season. Have they been the biggest surprise drivers to date in your opinion??????
Terry Blount (2:16 PM)
Huge surpises. Red Bull was moving up last year, but it looks like the RPM merger is working out also.
If the 12 didn't go airborne, is this even an issue?
Terry Blount (2:18 PM)
Maybe not, but let's take the opposite thought. What is Brad had been seriously hury of killed? The point is the danger of intentionally wrecking someone at 190 mph..
Why does everyone think it's fine and deserved that BK got flipped? In any other racing league, intentionally wrecking someone would've called for a driver suspension. Is NASCAR too comfortable with this new car?
Terry Blount (2:19 PM)
NASCAR is standing by it's new policy of looser rules enforcement. I didn't think that applied to premeditated acts of danger.
What are the rest of the drivers in the garage saying about this incident? Do you think some are happy he did it or do you think they will be happy with his punishment?
Terry Blount (2:20 PM)
Brad doesn't have a lot of friends in the garage, but I also don't think the drivers felt Carl did the right thing.
It's not Carl's fault that the COT is more of an airplane than a car when it's turned around.
Terry Blount (2:21 PM)
True, but one thing people failure to realize is cars were getting airborne long before the wing was placed on them.
Terry, you are taking a stand on this now. Why didn't get upset when the "have at it" policy was rolled out in the first place?
Terry Blount (2:24 PM)
I'm all for drivers mixing it up on the track while racing for positions. I'm completely against intentionally wrecking a driver on a high-speed oval when you're 100 laps down.
Hank (North Wales, Pa)
If you punch somebody and they already have a concussion and they die you are responsible. Edwards in a premeditated fashion, went after the 12 and tried a couple of times to wreck him. And by the way want impact did parking Edwards have anyway. If he would have finished the race he would not have improved his position. He was too far behind the next car.
Terry Blount (2:26 PM)
Parking him meant absolutely nothing. Carl knew that was coming.
Was Jeff Gordon liked in the garage when he first started? I just curious as to whether it's better to be liked or disliked in the garage. Maybe feeling like they have something to prove makes a person race better. But then there is Mark Martin who everyone likes, and he does well...although no championship.
Terry Blount (2:27 PM)
Any young drivers who comes in and is aggressive, especially if he wins, is disliked. It's just pat of the process.
If you look at, Brad got the the fine in this, running in the top 10 when wrecked was a 100 point or so lost for him.
Terry Blount (2:27 PM)
Very good point Eric.
Sam (Fort Bragg)
NASCAR has to be loving this. I think this is the most attention they have gotten in a long time. Drama sells tickets.
Terry Blount (2:30 PM)
You're right about that Sam. This story has been on all the nationla newscasts. My buddy Ed Hinton was on Good Morning American today.
Did you think Carl showed a lot of disrespect to NASCAR when he drove the wrong way down pit lane when he did get parked? I thought for sure that alone would get them to act more harshly.
Terry Blount (2:31 PM)
That's a real no-no, but apparently, NASCAR didn't care much.
Terry Blount (2:32 PM)
Hey guys. I apologize, but I have a column to write and NASCAR Now show to prepare for, so I've got to stop early today. A very busy day, to say the least. Have a great week. Peace.