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February 27, 11:38 AM ET
Chat with Terry Blount

Terry Blount
  (2:00 PM)

Hello folks. What's on your mind today?

Darryl ( Stamford Ct )

Does Hendrick give Stewart Hass the exact same equipment that Hendricks drivers race with?

Terry Blount
  (2:01 PM)

They say they do, but they don't give it to them. They lease it to them.

Bristow, VA

Matt Kenseth claimed the car didn't sound right from the time they unloaded it. Why didnt he just change the engine after a practice session and start the race at the back of the field? Surely the engine would have lasted farther than 7 laps. Nice start to the season by Reutimann I think he is going to win a race this year.

Terry Blount
  (2:03 PM)

I'm sure they checked it and felt it was OK. Just bad luck, But these engines are having a hard time lasting with the increased RPMs.

Glen, Fla

Terry. Jack Roush tried to blame Goodyear for his engine problems, how much merit does this claim have?

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

A little, but he isn't really blaming except to say the tire was so good it increased engine power. RFR should have accounted for that.

Curt (Oxford, MS)

Who is the driver to beat this weekend? Maybe Carl? Also, who is your sleeper pick?

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

I'd go with Kyle,

jake, savannah, georgia

In my opinion, this engine issue is unacceptable. I understand teams are trying to get the most out of what they have with this new car, but all these failures is just insane. In my mind teams have to know how far they can push the limit. I cant even name all the drivers that had engine issues on sunday. As a matter of fact i think the only Roush car that didnt have any engine trouble was Jamie McMurray. And i know my driver did (tony stewart), that's why he finished 26th instead of in the top 10.

Terry Blount
  (2:06 PM)

Two things are happening here. Engine RPMs are up about 3% because the cars are getting better and the tires are better. And no testing means they have to figure this out at the track. Three percent doesn't sound like much, but 250 more RPMs can be the different between winning and blowing up.

Darryl ( Stamford Ct )

Have you heard of anything Hendrick is doing anything about getting Dale Jr to race more focused

Terry Blount
  (2:08 PM)

What can they do? Get him a shrink? Junior did a good job Sunday and making up for the pit mistake and finishing 10th.

Matt (College Park, MD)

Do you see Jeff Gordon winning one of the next three races? His 1.5 mile cars seem to finally be strong and he has the two short tracks to fall back on after ATL.

Terry Blount
  (2:09 PM)

Wouldn't surprise me a bit. In fact, I'd be surprised if he doesn't win one of the next three.

becka,va

is reed falling into the path he followed last year

Terry Blount
  (2:11 PM)

Too early to tell, but he's bringing up the rear right now at RPM.

Bristow, VA

Sleeper pick for the weekend - David Reutimann MWR has the 1.5 mile track figured out. If there had not been the last 2 cautin flags Reutimann could have been the winner in Vegas.

Terry Blount
  (2:11 PM)

Let's not get carried away. David is running well and MWR is much improved. But winning at Atlanta might be a stretch

becky,va

will reed ever make the chase

Terry Blount
  (2:13 PM)

Ever is a long time, but he may not get many more chances if he doesn't show significant improvement soon.

Springfield, MO

Has the slump by Dale Jr. been just that--a slump? Or is it time to admit he's on the downturn for good?

Terry Blount
  (2:14 PM)

I think it's time to seriously consider a shake-up for the 88 team if they don't compete for wins in the next few weeks.

Matt Kenseth (Concord) [via mobile]

We didnt change the engine because we didnt know it was the engine

Terry Blount
  (2:16 PM)

OK fake Matt. We'll take your word for it.

Sam Harrisburg Il

Do you think Mark Martin is out of the chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:17 PM)

Absolutely not. It's only three races. We still have 23 to go before the Chase. A lot of things are going to change. Mark has run well but they blew two engines. That's not going to continue.

lynn,va

what will happen first reed makes chase or something within the organization

Terry Blount
  (2:19 PM)

Wow. Lot's of Reed fans today. He isn't making the Chase anytime soon. so you can figure it out.

Chris, Bryant, AR

Is NASCAR going to start running the Mustang,Camaro,Challenger body style?

Terry Blount
  (2:19 PM)

They have abandoned that idea for now.

Jim (TX)

Since the 500, things haven't looked too good for RPM. What's going on over there? You have to feel bad, especially for Sadler and Dinger who both have a lot to prove this year.

Terry Blount
  (2:21 PM)

Did you really expect them to contend? They're still doing better than I expected. Hopefully Dinger will find a sponsor and get to run the full sked.

Curt (Oxford, MS)

Can Jr. win this weekend?

Terry Blount
  (2:22 PM)

Yes he can. He likes Atlanta. But do I expect him to win. No.

Scott (Toledo, OH)

To further jump off what Darryl in Stamford mentioned, it seems Jr's focus isnt the same since the switch. In many of his interviews he seems distant. His responses are very short and he pauses alot like he isnt sure where he is. Do you think he has lost the passion for the sport he showed so much from years past? is there too much pressure for even him to handle?

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

Jr certainly has plenty of prssure on him, but his interviews sometimes don't come off well because he has more of them than anyone else. Everything he does is magnied and it gets old. But I'm starting to doubt whether he and Eury Jr. should stay together.

CRISSY-MAINE

DOES KASEY KAHNE MAKE THE CHASE

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

I'll guess no, but he has a shot.

Chris, Bryant, AR

Where is roushs 5th team going next year?

Terry Blount
  (2:26 PM)

Yates Racing.

Mike Providence Rhode Island

I said RCR signing Mears was a bad idea. What was Richard seeing that the rest of us is not?

Benjie (Ackerman, Ms)

Do you think that Rockingham will ever see any cup racing again?

Terry Blount
  (2:27 PM)

Not happening. But maybe a NW or Trucks race.

Saul (San Diego)

3 races in the books. I ask the following question because you may see some underlying stuff creeping up that we may not yet see; so what 1 or 2 or 3 things have caught your eye, that we should be tracking for the next several races?

Terry Blount
  (2:30 PM)

How the teams solve the engine problems. Whether MWR, and Reutimamnn specifically, can stay in contention. And how long it takes Hendrick to get it other three drivers back up near the top of the standings.

Jason South Bend, IN

If things don't improve soon at EGR where do you think Martin Truex Jr might drive next year?

Terry Blount
  (2:31 PM)

Stewary Haas Racing would be my first guess.

scott(Toledo, OH)

Has there been any mention which of the 5 roush teams will make the move? obviously the 16, 17, and 99 are probably safe.

Terry Blount
  (2:32 PM)

Unless something surprising happens, it will be McMurray.

David, WI

What do you think of Joey Logano's performance so far? And what is your expectaions for him? I think he's a great kid, and will be a winner soon.

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

Logano will be a winner in Cup, but it may take a year. The expectations are for him to continue to learn and post top 20 finishes. Anything beyond that is a bonus.

David, WI

What do you think of David Ragan. I am shocked that he hasnt won yet. How long do you think it will take him to get to victory lane?

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

Not long. But you can't win if you engine breaks down.

Owen (va)

What wrong with EGR? do you think truex has a chance at even being competive

Terry Blount
  (2:34 PM)

He has a chance to run well at some events, but he isn't going to compete for the championship at EGR.

Chris (Nashville, TN)

At what point does Rick Hendrick step in and separate Dale Jr. and Eury Jr.? As much as they claim to be a cohesive unit, on track performance just isn't there. I don't see Tony Jr. really grasping the new car and changes needed to make a winning run...

Terry Blount
  (2:35 PM)

If they aren't in the top 10 at midseason, a change might come.

Robert, Athens, OH

whats wrong with Jimmie?

Terry Blount
  (2:37 PM)

Nothing. The 48 team will be fine. Just give it a few weeks. But that fourth consecutive championship isn't going to come easily, if at all,

Shaughn (Wenatchee, WA)

With Kyle being in the spotlight winning in all 3 series, do you think he will really toss all his stock car success out the door for a ride in the USF1 team??

Terry Blount
  (2:38 PM)

No. And I have my doubts that the US team will ever come to fruition.

chris (jersey)

if the 20 car misses races u think we would see a driver change?

Terry Blount
  (2:39 PM)

Absolutely not. Joey is there to stay.

Saul (San Diego)

Have you notice anything in the past 3 races that is attributed to the No Testing before Daytona?

Terry Blount
  (2:40 PM)

Blown engines.

Darryl ( Stamford Ct )

Check out the videos of Junior last year just after he switched teams and won the Budwiser Shoot out....Jr had the eye of the tiger To borrow a line from rocky.... he does not have that look any more like something is really up. And I wouldnt be so quick to pawn his problems off on Tony Jr. He is one of the best Crew chiefs in the business.

Terry Blount
  (2:43 PM)

It isn't that Tony can't get the job done. He can. But I think both of them would be better off working with somoene else.

Bryan (KY)

Will Smoke make the Chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:44 PM)

I didn't think he would before the season began, but now I think's he has a great shot at it. But his teammate is really struggling.

Jeff: Elkton, MD

Do you think Bobby Labonte will stay hot? Atlanta used to be one of his best tracks.

Terry Blount
  (2:46 PM)

Bobby loved AMS an the Yates horsepower should help him, but Vegas was a weird race and I'm not ready to say the 96 is a true contender just yet.

Josh (Eustis, FL)

Are you more surprised at Clint Bowyers success or Casey Mears lack of success this season?

Terry Blount
  (2:47 PM)

Yes I am, not so much on the Mears side, but I thought Clint might struggle early with a new team. They are one of the big surprises so far.

TG

Do any of the drivers use a sports psychologist?

Terry Blount
  (2:49 PM)

Some have in th past, including Tony Stewart, but I don't know of any doing it right now.

Scott (Toledo, OH)

Can Mark Martin bounce back from his stumbles and make himself a serious contender or will he likely hope for one last win?

Terry Blount
  (2:49 PM)

Martin wil be fine. I still expect him to make the Chase.

Rusty (Toronto, Canada)

Do you think that Brad Keselowski has a future in the Sprint Cup series or will he like so many others before him eventually become "the 4th" of the 4 Hendrick cars?

TERRY BROOKLYN NY

DO YOU THINK jR WILL WHEN A RACE THIS YEAR OR EVEN WIN THE CUP

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

He will win a race or two. I don't see him winning the title this year.

Tina Cave-In-Rock IL

Do you think Jeff Gordon is back to championship form?

Terry Blount
  (2:52 PM)

He certainly things so, but there's a long way to go. I will say that Jeff is more determined this year than I've ever seen him.

Ken (Cincinnati, Ohio)

What are the long term plans for the 5 car? I know Mark Martin is in it for this season and I think next? Is there any insight into who's coming down the line to fill that car beyond 2010?

Terry Blount
  (2:53 PM)

Keselowski is the obvious choice, but nothing is etched in stone. Wouldn't shock me to see Truex end up in that car.

scott (toledo, ohio)

are you impressed with the lack of penalties being handed out over the first 3 races unlike years past? do you think everyone got the message on the COT or is being much more creative in their "changes" to the car?

Terry Blount
  (2:55 PM)

That was one of the goals of the COT. Crew chiefs are scared straight, but there also isn't many things you can change on these cars.

Scott Speed

Do you think that I have a chance to make it it in the Sprint Cup series or should I go to the US F1 team instead?

Terry Blount
  (2:56 PM)

Stick it out fake Scott. You have a chance to make this work, but you'll run in the back for sure on the US F1 team, if it ever takes the track.

Jordan (Candor, NC)

Who did Joe Gibbs get to coach Kyle on how to conduct an interview with the media? He's not nearly as pigheaded as he used to be on camera.

Terry Blount
  (2:59 PM)

His PR team, specifically Bill Janitz and Joe Crowley (two of the best in the business) have worked closely with Kyle and really helped him

Manuel (San Juan Puerto Rico)

How many races do you think Jeff Gordon will win this year? and in what group do you see him finish at the end of the season? (1-5) (6-10) (lower)

Terry Blount
  (3:00 PM)

Three wins and top 5 inthe standings.

Robert (Denver, CO)

Which dodge team will have a better year, Penske or RPM? And will it be the last year we see Dodges?

Terry Blount
  (3:01 PM)

Gotta run folks. Really enjoyed it today. I'm out. Peace.