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)
NASCAR Now's Tim Brewer will be here at 1:30 p.m. ET to take all of your questions!
Buzzmaster (1:30 PM)
Tim is here!
Tim, Why was it yesterday that Jr. would loose two or three spots on every single restart? Its like he is scared to get up on the wheel!
Tim Brewer (1:31 PM)
It's just like anything else. All guys have good days and bad days. 2 or 3 bad restarts is not good for him. I don't know the problem was, but you can believe that they're going to work real hard at any weak spots in their program.
hey man , iam a joey logano fan do u think its time to give up on him and switch to another driver cause from wat i seen this year he isnt doin to well
Tim Brewer (1:32 PM)
If you're a race fan and you have a driver, you can never give up on him, unless he refuses you an autograph or kicks your dog or something. He's a young guy. He'll make some mistakes. Joe Gibbs Racing, they might be down for a bit, but they'll come back. If they don't, you can believe they'll make some changes.
Roscoe (Chino, California)
Do you think with no tires and and 2 gambles working as good as 4, that the old belief of always taking 4 is out the window?
Tim Brewer (1:34 PM)
I think Goodyear brings such a tire that you can go with no tires, like Mark Martin did. 4 tires gives you a lot of grip. But what you have to consider is track position. Getting out front with 2 tires on a track that's rubbered up.
Scott (Burlington, NC)
Watching Sunday's race, it seemed that the track was "rubbering up" too much, causing the cars to seem loose all day. What's your opinion of the tire brought to Dover?
Tim Brewer (1:35 PM)
Dover is one of the toughest places we go to as far as keeping the tires on the car. The competition meeting will go from Goodyear, NASCAR to the competitors and test it. If things get rubbered up too much, that's not what they're looking for. So look for a change at Dover in the tire compound.
Michael (Henderson, NV)
Was Kyle's engine problem on Fri. an isolated instance or are Gibbs engine shop still having serious problems?
Tim Brewer (1:36 PM)
I don't think you can put it in the serious problem category. These engines are basically bullet proof. It might be a lubrication problem. I don't know if it broke a valve spring. Those guys do a fabulous job with the engines. The Toyota engine is a good power plant. Just like AJ, he had a problem with his engine. But I'd much rather break one in practice than in the race.
At what point do we look at Jr's start and take him as a serious chase contender?
Tim Brewer (1:38 PM)
As far as him being a contender, as long as he keeps compiling those top 10 finishes, you have to consider him a contender. But once you get to the Chase, you have to win it. We hope he gets in there, but once he does, he'll have to make the best of it. You have to leave caution to the wind and go out and get some wins.
When NASCAR takes cars and engines to R&D for teardowns are the team people allowed to be present and how long does NASCAR keep the stuff before returning the property?
Tim Brewer (1:40 PM)
It depends on what NASCAR has in mind. When they take the engines out, they take it to their facility in N.C. They can put the engine on there and get it warmed up. Then they can do a full test on it. They check the cars just like the team ran it on the race, and take the information on the drag, lift on the cars. All of the engines make a lot of power. They want to keep up with the gear selections and make sure everyone is in the same power range as the others. They keep the cars and engines pretty equal and let the teams and drivers figure out the rest of it.
Roscoe (Chino, California)
Do you think that Kyle Busch has a better understanding of the technical side of chassis setups and tuning because of his background working on race cars with his dad and brother?
Tim Brewer (1:41 PM)
I most certainly do. It's really great to have a driver in the seat of the race car that's a talent like Kyle. It's also great to have a talent sitting there that has the knowledge and knows what he's looking for. Any time you take someone that has the talent and the mind he has, that's the reason that he's winning the races he is. It doesn't matter if it's a truck, Nationwide car, Sprint car.
Mark (Mount Airy, MD)
Hey Tim, Thanks for the chat. Going to fuel injection will go pretty much unnoticed to us fans. How about the drivers and crew chiefs????? Will there be any noticeable difference to them??????
Tim Brewer (1:42 PM)
The most noticeable difference you'll have will not be realized by the fan. It will be in the engine. All of that will be done in the dyno areas at the race shop. The race fans will probably never know the difference.
It seems like people want crew chiefs to have more wiggle room with what they can do to cars. When will we see the Crew Chiefs have at it era?
Tim Brewer (1:44 PM)
If you see some of the behind the scenes activities that go on in the garage areas, they're pretty animated in how they talk to each other. That always goes on. These guys have a lot of spirit and dedication to what they do. If they beat a guy, they take a lot of pride in that.
Brad (Crossville, TN)
Did you think that Matt had a chance to win the race with the 2 tire call at the end of the race with 35 laps to go, or were you in favor of the 4 tire call?
Tim Brewer (1:45 PM)
That's a situation where crew chiefs sit on pit road and collect information. From the tire specialist, the race engineer and the driver all day long. It's up to the crew chief to make the call. He thought right. He won the race. Naturally, you'd think the four tires would overcome with 35 laps to go. Did I think they'd run them down? Yeah, I thought they would. They made the best decision and won the race.
Everyting I've read about Kenseth says he's one of the more mechanically savvy drivers in the garage. Does this help the crew chief, or become just another person with an opinion? Thanks.
Tim Brewer (1:47 PM)
You have to listen to the driver's opinion, it doesn't matter if he's mechanically inclined or not. You have to listen to what he's telling you. If he's telling you it's loose and won't turn, you have to put your faith in what he's telling you. That's his QB and that's who he's depending on to implement and run his plays. That's the guy you're going with.
Tim Brewer (1:48 PM)
We're happy with the Nationwide Series right now. A lot of competition going on. The All-Star race in Charlotte will be something. Everyone likes to watch that. It will be a great event. We're looking forward down the road when ESPN takes over at Indy. We're glad to have Craftsman back another year in the Craftsman Tech Garage. Life is good and racing is really great.
Buzzmaster (1:48 PM)