Welcome from partly sunny Miami. Let's get straight to the Jimmie Johnson coronation.
Will Dale Jr win more than one race next year???
What a way to start. Dale Jr. Let's put it this way, if he doesn't win more than one next year then there are no excuses.
Now that DEI and Ganassi have merged, will AJ be in the 41?
Not sure at this point. Still working on that.
Will Kenseth ever rise to the top of Roush Racing again?
No resason he shouldn't. He wasn't that bad this year. He just never got as comfortable with the car as Edwards and Biffle.
Will Regan Smith be the 4th driver at DEI with Ganassi with Sabates... whatever they are called now?? Or will they go for AJ?
News just broke, so no word on that at this point. Ganassi still has to get permission from Dodge to leave.
Is Sr. turning over in his grave today?
He did that last year when Junior left. Now he's just glad they're doing something to keep the company alive.
If Gillette wants to move to Toyotas, does he need permission from nascar? Or can he just switch?
He has to get out of his deal with Dodge first. Then he can do what he wants.
The commentators mentioned something on Sunday about Hamlin wanting to shake things up, but things were too political at Gibbs. Can you elaborate more on what Hamlin is wanting done?
I can't elaborate. I haven't talked to Hamlin since then. I am guessing make changes with crews, crew chiefs.
Since you started with a Jr. question, I figured I'd follow with a Riggs question: do you think he'll do anything worthy of people asking questions about him next year???
Hmmm. Has he done anything this year worthy?
Will Gibbs racing add a fourth car anytime soon?
As soon as they can find a sponsor.
Will JPM crash out at Homestead? What odds would you put on it?
At least 40-60 in favor of it happening.
With the DEI-GNASSI merger does this mean that Petty Ent. will not merge with anyone this year.
I'm not sure who besides GEM is out there that would help out to be honest. Hall of Fame Racing and Bill Davis Racing are in such dire straits they are in danger of folding completely.
Hi David great to have you in chat as always. Have you heard anything more on all the mergers also if DEI and Ganassi to combine teams do you think there will be 3 or 4 cars there next year?
There will be four cars at DEI-Ganassi. Not sure who the fourth driver will be yet. Will dig into that as soon as I get through here. Speaking of that. I may have to cut this chat short today to dig. Thanks for your patience.
My home track built the monster this year, added a skybox last year and is improving the track. any news to report on them for 2009?
Not a word.
What happened to my cutie Tank??? Has he been banished??? If so, because of his spelling??? I don't think that's fair...even you slip-up sometimes....
Using Tank and cutie in the same breath should be red flagged. No, he has not been banished. Maybe he is busy at the new time caused by my flight delay.
With the 6 and 26 running so well, could we see all 5 Roush Fenway cars in the chase next year? Maybe with all four Hendrick cars?
It will be tough to get all five in the Chase, although it happened in 2005. My guess is the 6 and 26 still will hover around the bubble.
Who do you think has done the most with the least? I'd say Kvapil in the Ford camp, Reutiman in the Toyota camp, and Truex in the Chevy. No idea about Dodge.
I'll agree with all of those. As for Dodge, how about .... really, nobody stands out.
I am gonna start my winterlong food induced hibernation...wake me when its 2009 (clearly I forgot to wake for this year's schedule).
At least you've stored enough body fat to keep you well until the hibernation is over.
Where would you put Jimmie in the top drivers list of all time at this point in his career?
I'd put him somewhere around five or six with a bullet. We really should appreciate more how good he is.
Who is going to run in the back of the field now that Kyle Petty is done? The bright side of him not racing is he can now do even more charity work. This is not a putdown, but his racing career (even if he won 5 titles) could never compare to his charity work.
There's always Waltrip. And you are right, his charity work has been amazing.
Is Rick an insider or just a slob like one of us?
I do not know Rick, so I cannot comment.
what is the biggest thing teams need to do next year to compete with the 48 team in the chase?
Hope that the 48 team forgets how to win, cause right now they are head and tail above everybody except maybe Edwards and Busch when he' s on.
Will Martinsville next year show the true field for 2009, meaning that the first five races are in the books and the top-35 rule won't be held over from the year before.
I haven't honestly looked at the schedule. If Martinsville is the sixth race then it will be the first with the top 35 from the first five races of 2009.
Just read where DEI and Ganassi where teaming up but that it wasn't technically a merger but a Competitive and economic partnership can you tell me what the difference is and why it isn't a merger.
It is a merger. Anything else is semantics.
yea keep a none competative care in top 35 and guarentee stewart haas racing a spot for 09
Well, I'll give you that.
Aside from Logano, Speed, and Keselowski, who are the big up and coming rookies?
Those are the main ones. I guess Clauson from Ganassi, but not sure what his fate is with the merger.
4 questions from Rick...do you owe him money or something???
After today he'll owe me.
Give me your 12 chase contenders for next year.
Wow. Johnson, Gordon, Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth, Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Earnhardt Jr., Ragan, Burton, Harvick.
If you were JD Gibbs, who would you put in a fourth car (if you got a sponsorship)?
I'd have to try to get Truex Jr. after his contract expires at DEI.
What is team Penske going to look like next year?
Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and and David Stremme.
Do you think the DEI/Ganassi Merger is 50/50 or does one owner hold more power?
Details are forthcoming. Sorry, haven't had time between flying here and chatting to look into it.
YES or NO: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Cup championship in his career.
If I have to choose, no.
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I am starting to wonder about you Daisy.
Look into your crystal ball. Top 5 teams in nascar next year will be.....
Johnson, Gordon, Edwards, Kyle Busch and ... drum roll, please, Kenseth.
If things don't change for DEICGR, will JPM head to Formula 1 in 2010?
Don't see that happening. He is happy in NASCAR.
riggs in 09...dei-gannasi or anohter.
Right. DEI-Ganassi or another.
What will happen with ECR?
From what I understand it will stay the same.
Is that Robbie Gordon or Jeff who you say will be top 5?
If you have to ask, then . . .
If getting 43 cars in the field is going to be a problem, would guaranteeing at least 40 spots take care of that issue?
I believe there will enough field fillers to keep it at 43.
Hey David Do you think Turex Jr will leave DEI NEXT YEAR I HEARD BASS PRO WAS THINKING ABOUT LEAVING IF SO IS THERE EVEN ANY OTHER GOOD TEAMS OPEN THATS BETTER THEN DEI
It all depends on how well DEI-Ganassi do next year.
After runing the NYC marathjon last week, i has grater respect for thes guys runing 500 laps!!! i was tired last week after the run...so I mised the chat. sorry. Who is Daisy??? Is it just me, or is she just wild??? Newt -- Would you shoot her my email when you get chance?
I can't help you with emails Tank. But if you ran in the marathon I wouldlike documentation and pictures. On that note, since we have heard fromTank, I need to bug out and start digging into this merger. Hope you guys understand. Have a good week.