Chat with Dale Jarrett
Dale (R) is the son of two-time NASCAR champ Ned Jarrett (L).
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we'll have NASCAR analyst Dale Jarrett stopping by to chat about the final race of the Chase for the Cup. NASCAR finishes the season in Miami on Nov. 18 (ESPN, 3 p.m. ET).
Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR champion, won 32 races during his 24-year racing career. He was a three-time Daytona 500 winner and a two-time Brickyard 400 winner, taking both races in the 1996 season.
Send your questions now and join Jarrett Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:01 PM)
Dale is here!
James (Rochester, NY)
What do you think NASCAR will do to Clint Bowyer & Jeff Gordon after what happened at Phoenix?
Dale Jarrett (1:03 PM)
I don't see anything happening to Clint. I think he's free and clear, even though he got out of his car and ran off to Jeff's truck. What I would like to see, and I think what's going to happen, as far as Jeff Gordon are two different things. I would like to see no penalty, other than probation and a fine. I would not like to see a suspension. But because of the precedent that was set because of Kyle Busch, they would seem almost to have to suspend Jeff for the next race.
Did Dale SR retaliate on another car during a race?
Dale Jarrett (1:04 PM)
I think there are a lot of drivers that have in the past and would react in a very similar manner. We saw many times that Dale Sr. handled things on his own, maybe in a more quiet fashion, but he did take care of business. As a driver, sometimes you have to do that. I'm not saying Jeff was right in doing that, but you reach a point as a driver and a competitor you have to handle things when you've had the same issues with the same driver during a season. Jeff, I think, had reached that point. We have very competitive and passionate people that drive these cars. It's not just the cars out there.
Dave [via mobile]
Jeff reacted to the situation and he's the one that gets punished as the second guy to act.
Dale Jarrett (1:06 PM)
I think in the case of race drivers that's usually more the second person that gets punished. What Clint did didn't seem to be all that out of line and it didn't seem to be intentional, but it was adding on top of other incidents this year that put Jeff over the top. His actions certainly are why he's looking at fines or heavy suspensions rather than Clint having helped to create this whole scenario.
wow i was speechless after the race yesterday i think on what should have happen clint should have slow down and follow jeff at the end of the race so that would of happen in the first place then settle it on pit road after the race not to go over board in the garage that is just my think on it your take on that....
Dale Jarrett (1:08 PM)
You have to realize that Clint was racing for a top 5 position that would have kept him in a championship position as he approached Homestead next week and literally only 7 or 8 points behind Jimmie for second place. He couldn't slow down, he had Joey and Brad right behind him. Although he might have anticipated Jeff trying to do something, he thought he could get by. He couldn't just stop and give up 4-5 spots and then settle it later.
Is BK now the lock to win since he got 6th and JJ got 32nd in Phoenix? 15th or better in the next race is pretty likely for BK if everything goes smooth.
Dale Jarrett (1:10 PM)
It sounds easy, but that's not the case. I'll use Martin Truex as an example yesterday. He had an engine problem on the second race and by lap 10 he was out of the race. This is still parts and pieces put together by people that can fail at any time. Putting that aside, trying to finish 15th and playing a prevent defense is much harder than trying to finish top 5 and win the race. You put yourself in a tough place. You could finish 17 or 18 and Jimmie is very capable of leading the most laps, winning and getting max points.
Dale Jarrett (1:10 PM)
It probably won't happen, but could.
Brandon (Lexington, KY)
Dale,First let me say you were may absolute favorite driver when I was growing up. What do you think Jimmie's strategy going into this race should be? With a 20 point advantage Brad pretty much has to finish 17th or better to clinch the title. If the 48 gets near the 2 at same point in the race do you think there's any way Jimmie tries to take him out?
Dale Jarrett (1:11 PM)
I don't see that ocming from Jimmie. He has nothing to gain from that. What we'll see is Jimmie and Chad try to win every practice, qualify on the pole, lead every lap and put pressure on that way. Even though this is somewhat out of their hands, that's what they can do to apply pressure - be superior all weekend and pressure the 2 car into a mistake. But nothing as far as taking Brad out. That won't happen, not from Jimmie Johnson.
James Piccarreto (Rochester, NY)
What was your reaction to the racing that happened at Phoenix?
Dale Jarrett (1:14 PM)
I think it's very unfortunate situation, because Clint has put together a spectacular season. He had himself still in a position to put himself within 30 points, when anything can happen. But from the driver standpoint, I understand the frustration of Jeff Gordon in that situation, because it's been a frustrating year throughout and Clint has been one to make it frustrating. I think more than their situation, I was upset to see NASCAR not throw the caution when Danica was spun at the end of the race. There has to be more consistency to make these calls and not put these drivers in more difficult situations and we're fortunate no one was injured on that last lap.
Obviously, lots of other incidents happened but what about when Burton wrecked Danica? He seems to be one of the most consistent drivers out there so was there any malice intended or was it just him losing control trying to take the shortcut through turn 2?
Dale Jarrett (1:15 PM)
Jeff Burton is one of the cleanest competitors on the race track. I was surprised when he got into Danica. But the entire weekend, we saw nothing good come from taking the shortcut and getting on the apron. A lot has been talked about the bad angle. I believe drivers were picking up rubber and debris and that makes it hard to turn. I have to believe that was the case with Jeff. I didn't see anything to make me believe that he was trying to do anything to Danica. It was unfortunate that happened at the end to take a good day away from Danica, and Jeff too.
Chris Jones (Houma, LA)
Why do you think Brad K. feels compelled to be upset or inject himself into the Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer issue? Jeff Gordon is a 4 time Champion, and for as much as I like Brad K., he hasn't been in the sport long enough to make the comparisons he made yesterday.
Dale Jarrett (1:17 PM)
I was surprised that Brad decided to use this forum to inject thoughts about criticism he had received from the Texas race, which I don't think was warranted. He and Jimmie put on a great show. Brad said he had received criticism from drivers and fans. That wasn't warranted. You need to put that aside for now. He needs to focus on the championship at hand. He's in the social media eye, and he's a big part of it, but you need to put that aside and focus on the task at hand. That's why Jimmie is a five time champion. He focuses on his world and not that what's going on around him.
Dale Jarrett (1:18 PM)
Thanks for tuning into the chat and checking in. It was quite an event yesterday. So many things to talk about. I think ESPN did a terrific job of covering everything that happened. I look forward to seeing what transpires at Homestead. Be sure to check in, because who knows how this will unfold.