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July 27, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ryan McGee

Ryan McGee
  (2:02 PM)

Yo my 50W30-covered brothers and sisters, welcome to the Internet's biggest and baddest (and perhaps only) one-hour motorsports block party. I've got BROOOOCE on the iPod and I'm ready to go. And how about a round of applause for Brad Daugherty? I grew up an NC State fan, but I always rooted for BD because he wore 43 in honor of Richard Petty.

Aaron (Buffalo, NY)

Given his somewhat intense personality, do you think this gaffe gets in Montoya's head and hurts his bid for the chase, or does it serve as a motivator down the home stretch?

Ryan McGee
  (2:03 PM)

Motivator. Let me tell how much sleep JPM has lost over this deal...none. Just a few minutes ago he Twittered that he was dropping the kids off at summer camp and at Home Depot "buying lots of stuff". I have said all along that the schedule is custom made for him to make a surge into the Chase. I still feel that way.

Red (Jackson MI)

So Ryan the conspiracy theorist's are out bigtime on this JPM speeding penalty what's your take? i feel that despite his claim of the green light on his dash he let the excitement get the best of him but alot say NASCAR screwed him

Branden Lockwich (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hi Ryan thanks for reading my comment. I am a huge JPM fan and yesterday was a heartbreaker, but did that run make you feel as if good things are yet to come from this team? I feel that as long as their are no DNFs, Juan is definitely going to make the chase.

Ed (Hartford)

I actually believe NASCAR penalized for speeding just because they wanted to make sure one of their "Golden Boys" would win instead. See, he's got darker skin and quite hasn't payed his dues yet. Maybe someday soon we'll see fairness......They aren't ready yet are they?

Eric (Harrisonburg, VA)

Ryan, Montoya, The poor guy, "Took a whole lot of tur-rye-inn, just to get up that hill" and for what, so NASCAR can pull his card. I'm not one for conspiracy, but I fully believe that if it would have been Mark Martin they wouldn't have penalized him. Anyway, what does it say about the COT that Montoya can only pass one car in that rocket-ride he had once he got in traffic, and can that be fixed.

Ryan McGee
  (2:06 PM)

What you ahve just read is a just small sample of the Montoya comments pouring in to the block party. Let me tackle them all at once...

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

1. NASCAR didn't screw him on purpose. I know that the boys in Daytona don't always handle everything right, but I've never been one to think they screw people on purpose...at least not as often as people seem to think.

Ryan McGee
  (2:08 PM)

2. Dude was speeding. It's a numerical certainty. When I worked at NASCAR Images (now NASCAR Media Group) we put togther this Death Star-looking gigantic video/computer timing and scoring setup for NASCAR Race Control to use every weekend.

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

3. I don't know why he was speeding. He had a five-second lead on the field and could have easily run down pit road at the alloted 55 mph. Instead he pushed it to the grace limit - 60 - and a fraction further. Protect the lead dude! Even his crew chief, Brian Pattie, didn't put up an argument on that.

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

4. The drivers asked for this tricked out electronic timing and scoring. Years ago when they started pushing for it, Ricky Rudd told me, "We need to be careful what we're asking for here." Guess he's right.

Ben (Dover)

you are a really big star wars fan huh?

Ryan McGee
  (2:11 PM)

I just saw the orignal on TV the other night, so I guess I have it on the brain.

rick (ma)

i heard the teams calibrate the lights in the car they use to watch there speed in the pits nascar should be the ones doing the calibrating so ther is no issues

Ryan McGee
  (2:12 PM)

True. There are three lights on the tachometer now. Green is good, yellow is "be careful", and red "slow the hell down!" JPM swears that he was seeing green. If that's the case, then they need to go back and recalibrate.

Ryan McGee
  (2:12 PM)

BTW...wonder if we'll hear from Felipe from Dallas this week? As soon as that happened to JPM at Indy I expected to read in the Dallas paper that Felipe had run out into traffic in despair.

Brad (Charlotte, NC)

Hey I would like to know the chances you have of him winning without that penalty? And what do you think about Martins race yesterday?

Ryan McGee
  (2:14 PM)

I thought it was a no-brainer win. The only chance that the field would have had was on the double file restart that came after Junior blew up. But he'd had no problem with those before. As for Martin...no offense to Jimmie, but everyone was pulling for the old man with ten to go. He's the baddest 50 year old since Clint Eastwood was 50.

Eric (Harrisonburg, VA)

How about this, Jimmie Johnson is Darth Vader, and every driver is Luke Skywalker so he can say, "I am your father."

Ryan McGee
  (2:15 PM)

Nice. As in "I am y'alls daddy."

rick (ma)

ryan you said jpm will be fine but what about the 42 team they were on there way to victory lane can they build on that or could it put them in a team wide funk

Ryan McGee
  (2:16 PM)

Nope, they'll be good. They know that they are very good at the tracks coming up - particularly Pocono, Atlanta, and Watkins Glen. They'll be fine.

Matt (Ogdensburg New Jersey )

hey ryan how come you took jr off the power rankings he ran great all day what gives?

Ryan McGee
  (2:17 PM)

Yeah, but running great blowing up finishing 36th = not as good as the other guys. I know it isn't fair, but that's racing.

Aaron (Bath, ME)

"I am y'alls daddy"? I don't think Johnson can say that, because isn't Jeff Gordon "Big Daddy?"

Ryan McGee
  (2:17 PM)

He's his Sugar Daddy for sure. Signs his paycheck!

Matt (South Bend, IN)

Hope this incident won't tear a team apart like when DW blew a huge lead at Darlington in '79 then lost the title at the end to the King.

Ryan McGee
  (2:19 PM)

It won't. And as far as '79 goes, I loved it. I was the biggest Richard Petty fan in the world and thought DW was a mouthy punk...kind of how people look at Kyle Busch now. Could Shrub end up beloved one day? Hmmm.

Jack (Brooklyn, NY)

Ryan, keep him off. He runs better without the added pressure you put on him with that 20 spot.

Ryan McGee
  (2:19 PM)

That's true! Perhaps the Powe Rankings have more actual power than we realize!

Jeff (New Albany, IN)

Last week on NASCAR Now you picked Jeff Gordon to finally win his fifth championship this year. Two questions with that:1. What's different that you think this will finally be his year (it's been too long for his fans)and 2. if he does win his 5th championship does he retire at the end of this year and BK take over the 24?

Ryan McGee
  (2:21 PM)

First, thanks for watching. I had an awesome time. Second, the team walks and talks and feels different this year. I think that has a lot to do with Steve Letarte being more comfortable in his role. Third, it would be so cool if he did, but I get the feeling that he'll do this at least two more years. BK will either end up in Martin's ride or in the 3rd car at Stewart-Haas if Harvick can't get free of RCR.

Jeffy D (Feeding Hills, MA)

Shrub will be beloved if he sticks around too long and becomes a sensible man who is suddenly the underdog...tons of brash drivers have done that routine.....

Ryan McGee
  (2:22 PM)

Yep. That's a long list. DW, Rusty, Dale Senior, etc...

Matt (Ogdensburg New Jersey )

how surprised were you at jr qualifying 3rd and can jr nation expect this from now on since lance is finally building the cars

Ryan McGee
  (2:23 PM)

I think the new cars will be huge. We are just now starting to see the fruits of the labor of the new leadership team around Junior.

TG (PA)

Since Brad skipped my question, I'll ask you. do you think Lance was very upset with Junior for blowing his engine since this was the first car he built and Junior had been running in the top 10 all day.

Ryan McGee
  (2:26 PM)

They seemed to be pretty cool about it afterward. Lance is a pretty heady guy, so I think he'll be able to focus on the positives of the day - they were definitely going to finish in the top ten - and build on that. He knows that some great Little E track are coming (Atlanta, Richmond, Dega) so I'm sure he's ready to start thinking about that. If crew chief let drivers making mistakes bother them too bad they would have all had to quit a looooong time ago.

Aaron (Buffalo, NY)

Everyone (including you, in your Power Rankings) is talking about how Stewart is a changed man. I, for one, kind of miss the old Tony. Would a few weeks of bad luck bring back the Terrible Tony we've all come to love, or is he mellowed out for good?

Ryan McGee
  (2:27 PM)

Yeah, I wrote a big feature about this in ESPN The Magazine a few weeks ago. But don't worry, Old Tony is still in there when he needs it. We've seen it a couple of times this year. Besides, as a Smoke fan how can you like the end result this year...especially if it results in another Cup title!

Jeffy D (Feeding Hills, MA)

Should F1 and the IRL consider closed cockpits.... that Massa accident was scary- and could NASCAR learn anything from that..?

Ryan McGee
  (2:30 PM)

I guarantee you that the folks up at the NASCAR R

Lily (SC)

In your Power Rankings, you're still predicting Logano will make a few more trips to Victory Lane this season. So with only six races left before the Chase, where do you think he has the best shot at capturing those wins?

Ryan McGee
  (2:32 PM)

It's not out of the realm of possibility to think he could win at Pocono this weekend. That place has been very forgiving to rookies in recent years (paging Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin). Keep your eye on New Hampshire, Dover, and Charlotte.

Aaron (Buffalo, NY)

You're right, now that I think of it.....I completely forgot about the Billy Bad Butt incident. lol. I'll have to check out that article. Thanks...keep up the good work.

Ryan McGee
  (2:33 PM)

And, as always, I appreciate the business.

Adam (Galax)

Where will Danica end up for 2010?

Ryan McGee
  (2:35 PM)

My $$ is on Ganassi. She could run the full IRL schedule while he also ramps her up on the ABC (ARCA, Busch, Cup) plan. Then she can also keep making attempts at the Indy 500, in some seriously fast cars, while she eases into the NASCAR life. But there are still a lot of people who think she's not making the move to stock cars...particularly Jeff Gordon.

HT (Bristow, VA)

With the horrific Massa accident anyone else willing to give NASCAR the benefit of the doubt on these debris cautions? It doesnt matter the size or weight of the object the vehicles are traveling so fast the object they hit can do a lot of damage.

Ryan McGee
  (2:37 PM)

I hope so. People are so quick to scoff at debris cautions - and I'm the first to admit that the timing of many of them is a little suspect - but at 200 mph there is no such thing as meaningless debris. I remember one year Terry Labonte was dominating the Daytona 500 and was taking out of the race when a dry cleaning bag got sucked through the cowel and shrink-wrapped his engine. One more lap and it would have caught fire!

Jack (Brooklyn, NY)

Two 500 mile races at Pocono in a two month span is overkill. Why is Nascar so resistant to changing the Cup schedule? Look at the ten tracks that make up the Chase. They're just the same ten tracks that happened to end the schedule when they came up with the idea of a playoff in 2003. If Nascar wants a real playoff, then Bristol should be in there and it should start at Darlington on the Sunday night before Labor Day.

Ryan McGee
  (2:40 PM)

Jack, Pocono keeps getting two races because it is the track closest to you and your buds there in Brooklyn. Proximity to NYC is what keeps NASCAR coming back...though I have been screaming to shorten those races to 400 or even 300 miles forever! As for the Chase schedule, I am for a total makeover. And you will never get an argument from me about Darlington on Labor Day. I think the racing gods have taken out their wrath on NASCAR ever since they took away the Lady In Black's Labor Day date.

Matt V (Raleigh NC)

ryan i work across the street from NC State what's your connection?

Ryan McGee
  (2:41 PM)

Grew up in Raleigh. Enloe High Class of '89. Go Eagles!

alan (pa)

IN YOUR RANKINGS, you say that hamlin was on his way to a SURE FIRE top 5 again. yet there was another 100 laps for him to find yet another way to choke. over-rated driver, i say!

Ryan McGee
  (2:42 PM)

I will agree that Hamlin has made some mistakes over the years...but the entire driveshaft and transmission coming apart in his hands wasn't his doing, just like it wasn't his doing that the oil pump flew off as the gree flag flew at Pocono.

Bill S. (High Point, NC)

Come on Ryan, theres a lot of difference between what hits the car and can hit the driver. Maybe they need a caution everytime a drivers gets a hot dog wrapper on his grill.NASCAR has improved alot in that area, I mean when was the last time you saw a winshield changed on pit road?

Ryan McGee
  (2:44 PM)

I'm with you Bill. They have improved things tremendously over the years. But I have no problem with debris cautions. Whether it hits a car or a driver or crew member or a fan, it all hurts.

Eric (Harrisonburg, VA)

Is it true that a state can only have two tracks host races per season, and that is why Bristol is built so close to the Virginia border?

Ryan McGee
  (2:46 PM)

Never heard that one, Eric. And back when Bristol was built in '61 there were a ton track hosting Cup races in Tennessee - Chattanooga, Nashville, and Maryville I know for sure - so I that rule seems like rumor to me.

Rich (Buffalo)

Chip said Friday that his Nascar team probably wasn't the right fit for Danica, so scratch that idea. The real question is, would Chip allow her to drive for his IRL team, but let her race for somebody else in Nascar?

Ryan McGee
  (2:48 PM)

Back in the day Chip also told me at least ten times that he wasn't going NASCAR racing, so take that for what it's worth. I don't think he'd do that. He'd want to keep her all to himself. Here's a theory for you - I fully expect the Indy 500 to change its start time back to earlier hour in 2011. So why wouldn't Stewart Haas start building Indy Cars for Tony, Newman...and Danica?

Lily (SC)

If you could make any change to the NASCAR points system, what would it be?

Ryan McGee
  (2:49 PM)

More points for wins. There's never been a big enough gap between the winner and second place.

Mike (CT)

What do you think of Carl Edwards' idea of having the fastest cars start in the back and work their way up through the field? I'm in agreement with him in that it would make for some exciting racing.

Ryan McGee
  (2:50 PM)

It sure worked yesterday. I watched Carl, Kyle and Logano slice and dice their way to the front and it was awesome. That's an old short track standard right there. When they inverted the field in the All-Star Race it was awesome.

Paul (New Jersey)

Who is it going to be this weekend at Pocono? Do Kahne and/or Vickers stand a chance to win?

Ryan McGee
  (2:51 PM)

Those are two good choices. Kahne was pretty stout yesterday. Interesting how his threats about leaving RPM at the end of 2010 seemed to fade when the new Dodge engine arrived huh? Horsepower solves most racing problems.

Marc (Homestead Fl)

Do you think Nascar will/should fine JPM for his radio comments at INDY? "I'm gonna kill someone"

Ryan McGee
  (2:52 PM)

Nope. Now if he'd screamed "I'm going to effen kill someone" maybe...

Donnie (Cali)

Now that Kyle is out of the chase should Kyle just take it easy, not worry about winning or running hard and just try to prepare for 2010?

Ryan McGee
  (2:54 PM)

First, I don't think he's going to make it. They look lost. Second, that doesn't mean he won't stop trying to make it. And third, if he doesn't he will absolutely start working on 2010 stuff. The teams that don't make the Chase admit that it it is a big advantage to get an early jump on the next season, though with the testing ban it's probably not the impact that it used to be.

J (Naples, FL)

Ok, lot's of JPM chatter on here. What is your take on JPM becoming the future of NASCAR. He gets better everytime he steps in the car, and I think he is the clear-shot favorite to win next week at Pocono. Also, aftering watching a bunch of youtube videos last night, it's obvious that JPM can be a hot head at times. Do you think his attitude is affecting his fanbase like Kyle Busch's is?

Ryan McGee
  (2:57 PM)

Having covered JPM in CART and F1, he has always been a hothead, I think it comes with his South American DNA. The future of NASCAR may be a stretch, but when the final history book is written on the sport I think he has chance to be the guy who took the sport to whole new global audience. Even while domestic TV ratings have slipped the overseas #'s have increased dramatically since he came on board, particularly in places where he had a big F1 following - Colombia, Germany (he raced BMW's) and, get this, Russia! He has a huge following in Siberia. I'm not making that up.

Emily (NJ)

Ryan, when will Carl get on the board with his first victory?? As a fan, I am suffering here...

Ryan McGee
  (2:59 PM)

If he's going to do it, Pocono is the place. Honestly, it's amazing he's run as well as he has this year as far behind as Roush Fenway obviously is. If not Pocono, then at Michigan.

rick (ma)

i'm a jpm fan everyone keeps saying he'll be fine at pocono but he ran around 30th place for about 80 percent of that race why are people so confident he'll do well there

Ryan McGee
  (3:00 PM)

Because it's an awful lot like Indy. I think at Pocono he got caught out on an yellow or something didn't he? Regardless, he'll have the same monster car he had at Indy on the track this weekend.

Ryan McGee
  (3:02 PM)

Alright folks, I hate to do it, but the bell just went off, which means I have to go. See you next Monday, same bat time, same bat channel. In the meantime, don't forget to tip your wait staff and enjoy Mojo Nixon.