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April 13, 10:40 AM ET
Chat with Ryan McGee

Ryan McGee
  (2:01 PM)

What up, folks? Welcome to the post-Easter edition of the Internet's biggest Monday afternoon motorsports block party!

Ryan McGee
  (2:02 PM)

How about that Marty Smith, huh? The sweetest bro-hawk in television. My claim to fame is that back in my TV producer days I convinced my bosses that we should put Marty on TV. Looks like that worked out for him...now about that finders fee...

Ryan McGee
  (2:02 PM)

Alright, to the questions!

Lance (Beaufort, SC)

When Vickers was on NASCAR Now he and Marty debated over who has the best beard in the garage, one of them or Jimmie Johnson. Which one do you prefer?

Ryan McGee
  (2:05 PM)

With all due respect to those guys, no one can ever touch motorcoach driver Tom Giacchi's disaster back during the Carl Edwards losing streak.

Ryan McGee
  (2:06 PM)

He looked like Cat Stevens, if Cat Stevens had joined Al Qaeda.

Thomas KY

Hey Ryan, who would win a fight between Marty Smith and Ryan McGgee?

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

I'll have to go with the MartDawg, but only because he's a lot younger than I am and he participates in triathalons.

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

I used to do those as well, but that was when Clinton was still president and my knees hadn't turned into Hamburger Helper.

josh (tenn)

if casey continues to struggle in the 07, will be be out at childress and if so who could replace him?

Ryan McGee
  (2:09 PM)

Josh, it doesn't look so good over there does it? It is amazing to think that the 07 is the same team that it was last year with the exception of one person - the driver - and has fallen that far.

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

Meanwhile, Clint Bowyer has gotten into a car that didn't even exist last year and has them contending for the Cup. I am a big Casey fan, he's a very good guy, but it doesn't take a long walk to get to the end of that trail, does it?

Race fan

Hey Ryan, give us the latest of the Helio trial and what is the best track race weekend for a fan to attend?

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

Yo race fan, thanks for sticking around for the Marty Smith post party.

Ryan McGee
  (2:12 PM)

As of right now - 2:10 PM ET - the Helio Castroneves jury is still deliberating. They started just after lunchtime Friday, took a break for the weekend, and started back up this morning. I think the longer they deliberate the better of a sign it is for Helio and his co-defendants, his sister Kati and his attorney, Alan Miller.

Ryan McGee
  (2:14 PM)

I have said this all along, the sexier story may be Helio, but the bigger story within the sport is Miller. He represents a HUGE chunk of the motorsports biz, from drivers to owners to sponsors to soem media members. If he ends up serving jail time the aftershocks will be tremendous.

Ryan McGee
  (2:16 PM)

As for the best track weekend, I am a big believer in Charlotte. The racing is always good and there is so much going on in the city and at all the raceshops you can make a weeklong vacation out of it. Of course, you can never go wrong with Daytona. And I have always been partial to Darlington simply because of the history that surrounds it.

race fan

would the government try and go after more drivers or other big names?

Ryan McGee
  (2:17 PM)

They will always go after big names no matter what the charges, but I don't think his status as a racecar driver made him a target. If he hadn't won Dancing With The Stars I think they would had taken him to tax court like the rest of us instead of dragging him in front of a criminal jury.

Ryan McGee
  (2:17 PM)

That said, you gotta pay your taxes, folks.

Ryan McGee (Chicago) [via mobile]

Who in the top 10 in points is going to be the dark horse and win the championship?

Ryan McGee
  (2:18 PM)

Hey me, how's it going, you handsome devil.

Ryan McGee
  (2:19 PM)

Bowyer. No one ever talks about him and yet he's sitting right there in contention every sinngle week. Reminds me a lot of Matt Kenseth. Speaking of which, wonder if we'll hear from "Matt Kenseth" this week?

Nathan (Harrisburg) [via mobile]

I recently saw Richard Petty on "Hannity". Are there going to be more racers vocally going to step out for politics?

Ryan McGee
  (2:20 PM)

We used to get that a lot Nathan. But I think they realized that no one really cares what racecar drivers think about politics. The King has been a County Commissioner here in NC forever and a longtime outspoken Republican.

Ryan McGee
  (2:21 PM)

I remember Rusty Wallace won the night race at Bristol in '96 and told everyone to vote for Bob Dole. It did not go over well.

John, Indy

Maybe instead of open wheelers coming to Nascar maybe Casey will start a new trend of ex-Nascar drivers going back to open wheelers?

Ryan McGee
  (2:23 PM)

John (and to Jimmy in Indy who brought this up as well), I would be all for that. I covered Casey when he was in Indy Lights and he was stout. I would love to see a Mears - ANY Mears - back in the Indy 500. And how huge would it be to have Stewart, Montoya, and Robby Gordon back up there?!

TC KY

Hey Ryan, I know your a big Petty fan. So how did the concept of "the King" racing at Indy come about? And what about the rumors that NASCAR doesn't like it? Do they really care?

Ryan McGee
  (2:25 PM)

Yo TC...yeah, NASCAR gets a little territorial about Memorial Day weekend..or any other weekend for that matter. I think it is going to be awesome to see The King walking through Gasoline Alley alongside that Petty Blue #43 car, even if his "ownership" is largely ceremonial.

Ryan McGee
  (2:27 PM)

I'm not one to ever question that kind of thing. For example, did it suck to see A.J. Foyt come to NASCAR in the late 90's and run terrible? Of course it did. But was it cool as hell to see A.J. Foyt walking around the Cup garage every weekend. Damn right it was.

TC

I agree, I think it's a great idea.

Ryan McGee
  (2:27 PM)

Which makes you my new best friend.

Lance, Irving, Texas

How much time to Kyle and Denny spend working or just hanging around the Joe Gibbs Racing shop?

Ryan McGee
  (2:29 PM)

I don't know about Kyle, but Denny pops in a couple of times a week when he's not off taking care of sponsor obligations. As a rookie he didn't stop by much because quite frankly he was a little intimidated by it all. But now that he's settling into his role as JGR's senior driver, he's been getting more involved.

Ryan McGee
  (2:30 PM)

For the most part the drivers don't mess around the shops much. But there are still some old school guys like Clint Bowyer who are up in the team's business all the time. Dave Blaney was always notorious for that at Bill Davis Racing. All up under the cars all the time. That's awesome.

Carl, Left coast, USA

Hey Ryan. Have you know if Dave Blaney has ever spoke of, or thought about returning to the WOO? I ask this for two reasons. One is I competed against dave in numerous sprint car events and he was the class of the WOO tour both on and off the track. The other reason is that it seems he might not be able to get back to a "top" Cup ride due to the economy and other factors. What do you think? I am sure he still has many fans from the dirt, and Lord knows he can still stand on it!

Ryan McGee
  (2:31 PM)

Carl. this would rock. The only thing holding him back would be $$. Not that he can't afford to go WoO racing, but that he can still make a ton of coin knocking around part-time NASCAR gigs.

Matt Kenseth (Concord) [via mobile]

Ryan... Im back!!

Ryan McGee
  (2:33 PM)

Yo Matt...if this really is you...welcome back from the break.

Matt Kenseth (Concord, NC)

Hey Ryan, how do you like me this weekend at Phoenix? I've won there before, but no one seems to remember. How sad is that? Drew and I have one heck of a car ready to go though.

Ryan McGee
  (2:33 PM)

Well, it has been a while...what, 2002?

Ryan McGee
  (2:34 PM)

Whatever you did last year don't do that anymore. Tell Drew to go back to 2007's notes when you finished 5th and 3rd.

John (KY)

Concerning Hamlin's seniority at Gibbs, does it really matter? I mean isn't the number one team at Gibbs the 18 car regardless of seniority?

Ryan McGee
  (2:36 PM)

John, it doesn't matter equipment-wise or anything like that, but the team tells me that it has meant all the difference in the world to DH when it comes to confidence. Now he can ask for things or make suggestions and there's a little more weight behind it...as in, "Why does my pit crew always suck worse than Kyle and Joey's?"

Kathy, Orlando

Is Kyle mad because he feels that McDowell cost him the Nationwide race win Sat. and Harvick stole the Truck win from him at Martinsville?

Ryan McGee
  (2:37 PM)

Yeah, I think so. But that bizarre Martinsville deal was on him...and he wasn't going to catch Logano anyway.

Matt Kenseth (Concord) [via mobile]

Hey that last Matt wasnt the REAL Matt!!!

Ryan McGee
  (2:38 PM)

Okay, now this is just getting silly. I've also gotten questions today from "Richard Petty", "Danica Patrick", and myself.

Clay (Charlotte)

Ryan, since you're doing power rankings, what does the All-Time Power Rankings top 5 look like?

Ryan McGee
  (2:39 PM)

1. The King 2. Earnhardt 3. Gordon 4. Pearson 5. Yarborough/Junior Johnson (tie) 6. Dave Marcis

JR (CO)

Ok Ryan, Newton insists that the fall of DEI isn't Teresa's fault, yet Hinton says allot of it falls on her. Where do you stand?

Ryan McGee
  (2:42 PM)

I don't think it all falls on her, but it certainly falls on the people that she hired to run the place primarily in her absence. Not Max Seigel, whom I believe inherited a ship with a hull full of holes. No matter who the blame falls to, I can't help but think about a rainy afternoon in 1997 when Dr. Jerry Punch and I got a hardhat tour of the Garage Mahal construction from Dale Senior. He was so excited about what DEI could become and it did very briefly,,,but I think the day he died the place was doomed.

Aaron (Bangor, ME)

My question came too late last week, but I'll ask it again: ever been to Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine? You said you'd been to Seekonk Speedway, but Oxford Plains is the big ticket in this state.

Ryan McGee
  (2:44 PM)

Yo Aaron, I have not. I lived in Connecticut for a couple of summers and made it to Seekonk but not Oxford Plains, which I am still bummed about.

Ryan McGee
  (2:44 PM)

You know they ran three Cup races there form 67-69. Bobby Allison won twice and Richard Petty won the third.

George (CA)

Do you think the 19 and 26 teams will rebound and have good season's?

Ryan McGee
  (2:45 PM)

26 yes, but I don't have a lot of faith in the 19. I like those boys, but they look lost to me.

Jake

PICK ME!!!!!!!!!! What is the future of the 8 and EGR? Will EGR have priority next year if they do not run another race, and is there a chance we will not see an Earnhardt owned car next year?

Ryan McGee
  (2:46 PM)

Hard to ignore that Jake, but you're coming off a little desperate.

Ryan McGee
  (2:47 PM)

I think the future of the 8 lies in the hands of the sponsors. If they find one, it comes back. That being said, it's hard to sell sponsors on the idea of a car that they can't see.

Ryan McGee
  (2:48 PM)

I think the Earnhardt name will exist with the team, but until Jeffrey shows that he's ready to run in Cup, which is a loooong way off, I don't think the family will be involved. The family team is now over in Mooresville and its called JR Motorsports.

Aaron (Bangor, ME)

I had no idea they ran any Cup races there, that's pretty cool.

Ryan McGee
  (2:48 PM)

I'm here for you Aaron.

Joe Fleetwood PA

Hi Ryan what can NASCAR do about the COT's inability to alow side by side racing, cant we go back to the old car or adopt the Nationwide style car

Ryan McGee
  (2:49 PM)

We will NOT be going to back to the old car and I also don't think we'll be seeing any big changes to the current CoT in the near future. In today's disastrous economic climate it would be league suicide to ask these teams to start building new cars or making big sweeping changes to this one. It would break everyone's bank.

Scott Lugoff,SC

Who is better right now 24 or 48?

Ryan McGee
  (2:50 PM)

24. But it's closer than the Harvick-Martin Daytona 500 finish.

Jud (Wilmington, NC)

Yo Ryan, what's going on up at Rockingham? Is it just sitting there or what?

Ryan McGee
  (2:52 PM)

Jud, it is certainly not just sitting there. I was in Rockingham yesterday for Easter and The Rock is in high prep mode for this weekend's UARA/ARCA doubleheader.

Ryan McGee
  (2:54 PM)

The big race is Sunday at 1:00 PM ET, the ARCA Carolina 200. Kevin Harvick is waving the green flag, Ken Schrader and Ricky Carmichael are both entered in the race and the weather looks aces...so watch the Phoenix race on Saturday night and then get to The Rock on Sunday. Last year's race was unreal. Logano won by passing Schrader with just a few laps to go.

Nick (SLC, UT)

Ever been out to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah? That place is incredible for a road course.

Ryan McGee
  (2:55 PM)

Nick, I have not, but I hear it is spectacular. I was supposed to go out there last summer to watch Ashley and John Force learn how to road race, but Mother Nature fouled it up.

Nathan (Chicago) [via mobile]

Ryan, if you could live anywhere instead of charlotte, where would you go (Somewhere on the Nascar circuit)

Ryan McGee
  (2:57 PM)

Well, Rockingham is out....and so is Wilkesboro...and I like visiting Daytona, but Hinton says if we lived there we'd all be shot...

Ryan McGee
  (2:58 PM)

...and I like Sonoma, but don't like earthquakes...and they hate me at Talladega because I graduated from Tennessee...

Ryan McGee
  (2:58 PM)

...and if I lived in Vegas I would end up in Gamblers Anonymous...

Ryan McGee
  (2:59 PM)

So, I'll take the lovely hills of East Tennessee around the Bristol Motor Speedway!

Jason (Harrogate, TN)

Do you really have to say Kenny Schrader is entered in a race? Isn't that pretty much a given?

Ryan McGee
  (3:00 PM)

Good point, Jason. And as if he wasn't already a permanent fixture at the track, the folks at Rockingham are naming a grandstand after him Sunday before the race. Sweet.

Ryan McGee
  (3:00 PM)

Alright folks, that'll do it for this week's edition of the internet's only Monday afternoon motorsports block party. Don't forget to tip your wait staff and enjoy The Mavericks.