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September 10, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ed Hinton

Ed Hinton
  (2:00 PM)

Hi, all. Thanks for stopping by. Here we go.

Heather (Los Alamos)

If Kyle wins Sat night at Richmond is he automatically in the chase?

Ed Hinton
  (2:01 PM)

No. There are scenarios such as Kyle wins but doesn't lead the most laps and Vickers finishes second . . .or Kyle wins and leads the most laps but Kenseth finishes second.If Kyle wins he's likely to make the chase, but not certain if such scenarios arise.

RAY GORDON REID ( ARLINGTON VA 22001)

QUESTION TO ED HINTON AT 2.15PM HI ED WHO YOU HAVE RICHMOND SATURDAY NIGHT

Ed Hinton
  (2:02 PM)

Kyle Busch, based on his win there in the spring and his win at the latest short track, Bristol, a couple of weeks ago.Plus, rousting the Kyle haters always livens up a chat.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How do you think that Danica Patrick will do racing in NASCAR? Do you think that Danica Patrick will succeed in the Sprint Cup Series when ever her first Sprint Cup Series race Is?

Ed Hinton
  (2:04 PM)

I think it'll take time for her to learn full-bodied cars, so don't expect anything spectacular from her in her learning process next season. But she's got a great work ethic, and she's tough -- if they beat and bang on her fenders, she'll hit back.She's going to be a lot of fun and draw a lot more people to NASCAR.

paul w. (sarasota,fl)

ED, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED YOUR BOOK "DAYTONA"

Ed Hinton
  (2:04 PM)

Thank you. I think folks can still get it on Amazon.

YAR8pack (Hinton's Homegrown Hoot-n-Nanny)

Mr Hinton. Hope you're well. Now, in my years as a NASCAR fan, I've realized in order to be a good fan, you have to believe in conspiracies. Stay with me. Now, the race this past Saturday was outstanding. Never has there been such a back and forth movement of cars from the back to the front to the back to the front. I was extremely engulfed in that awesome race. Congrats Kahne. However, after the race, I quickly realized I've never seen anything like that. I've been watching racing for over 20 years. Here's the conspiracy: Do you think Goodyear manipulated the tires to where the teams had great tires on one run, the next they had terrible tires and the next they had great? I mean, c'mon, Robbie Gordon had a top run. Something's amiss!

Ed Hinton
  (2:06 PM)

YAR8, you're giving Goodyear an awful lot of credit for brilliance and organization there. That would be a very hectic sort of manipulation.No, I think it was just a matter of the tires in general being a bit unpredictable on the one hand, and still falling off pretty quickly on the other.Hoosier used to sneak in some trick tires for favored drivers back during the tire wars, but it was a fairly simple process involving only a couple of teams.

Fred(al) [via mobile]

So with Brad k. out the 88 who are the canidates for the ride and i know kelly bires is one thanks ed.

Ed Hinton
  (2:08 PM)

A lot of people are conjecturing Danica, considering the GoDaddy sponsorship. My sources on the Danica side site Kevin Harvick Inc. as the likely supplier of equipment for Danica because Kevin has both cars and trucks. But there could be a scenario where JR provides the Nationwide cars with GoDaddy sponsorship, and KHI provides the trucks.

Todd (GA)

What is the latest with the Mayfield saga and how long before it goes away?

Ed Hinton
  (2:10 PM)

Well, let's see. He told ESPN's Outside the Lines that NASCAR's trying to put "the fear of God" into "other drivers who have tested positive."Whoa! Other drivers who have tested positive? That opens up a whole barrel, if not a boat load, of worms.Then of course you know he and stepmom are counter-suing each other, and he and nascar are counter-suing each other, and his suit against nascar doesn't even come up on the docket till a year from now.Considering how long that circus will last, i'd say we'd be lucky indeed to hear the end of it by, oh, say, New Year's, 2011.

Ian (Wyoming)

Hey Ed, what do you think of Matt Kenseth's performance at Atlanta? Do you think he will make the Chase?

Ed Hinton
  (2:12 PM)

You mean, EVER make the Chase? He's done for this year.Childress still owns the number "3." It's his call. But I doubt Junior would complain, at least publicly, if Childress chose to run it. Junior clearly doesn't want it for himself -- he's got enough heat on him as it is.

Alex (VA)

Shouldn't Henrick and Jr Motorsports cancel Brad's remaining 09 races now that he has signed with Penske?

Ed Hinton
  (2:13 PM)

No, of course not! Lame duck situations happen all the time in NASCAR.

Matt (Chicago)

Ed, I realize the Mayfield circus is neverending, but when is the media going to realize this guy is spouting off to anyone who will listen and pull the plug?

Ed Hinton
  (2:15 PM)

It can't work like that. That would be irresponsible journalism. NASCAR started this whole thing by suspending him. They put him in the limelight.Would you like for us to decide NASCAR spouts off to anyone who will listen -- they do -- and pull the plug on them?BTW, the reason I will not rush to judgment on Jeremy Mayfield until all the evidence is on the table is the Tim Richmond case of 1988. NASCAR bigtime got it wrong on that one.

Tim (AZ)

Hey Ed, After watching the race between the 17 and 18, with matt knocking kyle out of the way and kyle getting right back to his rear bumper , is there a bit of animosity between the two at the moment?

Ed Hinton
  (2:16 PM)

I wouldn't think any more than normal. Kenseth is just one of those guys who, if you mess with him, will mess with you right back. It's just standard procedure with him, out of the old Bobby Allison school of taking care of business right then and there.

Joseph (NJ)

Do you think Dale's biggest problem is lack of motivation and the desire and drive to win that Kyle and Carl have?

Ed Hinton
  (2:17 PM)

I think that's part of it. Junior, I think, is in what sociologists would call a torpor -- that is, so confused and disheartened and wondering what this all means, that he's sort of stuck in emotional neutral.

Josiah (Columbus, OH)

Hello Mr. Hinton, I asked Mr. Newton this yesterday. I was wondering, what is your favorite story or memory of Dale Earnhardt? Thank you.

Ed Hinton
  (2:21 PM)

Most of my favorites are personal, from back when we were buds.We're driving down this North Carolina state highway at about 105 mph in a pickup truck, coming back from a deer hunting trip, and Earnhardt looks over at me with that smirk of his and says, "Hold on."It was in the days before people were conscientious about wearing seat belts. A few seconds later he looks over at me and says again: "Hold on."He gives me about five seconds, and I'm just sitting there, and he jams on the brakes and throws the pickup into a "bootlegger turn," 180 degree spin.Well, I end up with my head and shoulders sticking out the driver's side window. I've been thrown all the way across his lap and out his window.He starts hitting me me in the ribs and saying, "Git OFFA me! I TOLD you to hold on!"I can't print what all I called him the rest of the way home.

Ramon Martinez (Hatillo)

Give me a prediction for jpm in 2010

Ed Hinton
  (2:22 PM)

He wins at least two oval-track races, probably on 1.5 or 2 mile tracks, and makes the Chase -- again.

Dalton (Vacaville, CA)

Who do think will have the most momentum right now going into the chase?

Ed Hinton
  (2:23 PM)

I think the 48's mo will come out of nowhere, two or three races into the Chase, as usual.If 18 wins Richmond and makes the Chase, then whammo, he's the top seed for the Chase out of nowhere, and the 18 team starts clicking again.As it stands right now, 9 might actually have a little edge on mo. but will it last?

Mike (Atlanta)

Ok Mr. Hinton, now you have irritated me. Newton, McGee, TB have all answered the same question about Jr's work ethic and said he is trying harder than ever. Gordon, Johnson, and Martin have all admired his work ethic. How can you be the only one to say that he doesnt have the drive that he needs to? this is why people say almost every week that you have it out for Jr

Ed Hinton
  (2:24 PM)

and an equal number of people have said since i've been at espn that i'm a junior suckup.it's all in the eyes of the beholder.

mike (pa)

hey ed,do you know who won the eldora race yesterday? I didnt order it this year because last year it was to short for the price.

Ed Hinton
  (2:25 PM)

Tony. Again. If it were a points race, man, would there be an uproar about the promoter winning.

Jake (Irving, Texas)

Tony Stewart said that all the big names have raced in the Prelude except Dale Jr. How come earmhart refuses to help our Fallen and Wounded Heros?

Ed Hinton
  (2:26 PM)

EVERYBODY listen up, because there are several questions here along this line.I think the reason Junior didn't participate is that he doesn't have a whole heckuva lot of dirt tracking experience, doesn't have time to build a car and get experience on dirt, and the last thing he needs right now with everybody on his case is to look bad at yet another type of racing.

Leo (NY)

If Richard Petty has any power at RPM how come Kyle Petty is out of the team?

Ed Hinton
  (2:28 PM)

Guess you don't realize how tempestuous the inside relationship between Kyle and Richard has been since Kyle was, oh, about 18 years old.Richard provided for his two best buds from Petty Enterprises, Dale Inman and Robbie Loomis, in the RPM deal. There were no provisions for Kyle.Nobody I can think of since Shakespeare would be qualified to explain that father-son relationship.

David (Washington DC)

Ed, if Kyle doesn't make the chase this year will you still cover Nascar? Having the best and most talented (sarcasm) miss the chase would be pretty devastating wouldn't it?

Ed Hinton
  (2:30 PM)

Yeah, I'd quit forever -- just throw 35 years of covering Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, the Labontes, on and on and on, just because of one driver.Yeah, I'm sitting here weeping with fear about the devastating possbilities for me.

Richard (California)

Ed, Just wondering how Jr. not doing Eldora means he doesn't care about our troops. That is ridiculous!

Ed Hinton
  (2:31 PM)

You're right, Richard. I mean, he hangs out with National Guard guys whenever he can. Like I say, this is probably a dirt-tracking, fear of looking bad issue.

Rich (Buffalo)

Why would Michael Andretti allow Danica to run lower tier Nascar races?

Ed Hinton
  (2:32 PM)

Because he doesn't have any choice. He's in a dying league with no tv ratings and little sponsorship. He'd just better be glad she's still interested in open-wheel.

Jamerson (Georgia)

Wow, Ed. Your sarcasm seems to be in overdrive today. You are being brutal!

Ed Hinton
  (2:32 PM)

Why, thank you!

Dennis Hamlin (Fort Lee, NJ)

How is Robby Gordon able to get sponsorship but Gibbs unable to find sponsorship for a fourth car?

Ed Hinton
  (2:33 PM)

Robby can make do, with a patchwork group of sponsors. Gibbs wants the BIIIIIG bucks.

Steven (Iowa)

How can Dale Jr have the nerve to run National Guard colors when he refuses to run in Stewarts Prelude event helping our Fallen and Wounded Heros?

Ed Hinton
  (2:33 PM)

see my previous answers. I told everybody to listen up, just like Earnhardt Sr. told me to hold on.

John (Illinois)

I'm tired of all the whining in the press about having a potential champion who hasn't won a race. Phooey. Race winners get trophies, consistent top performers get championships. The facts are, with the competition as tight as it it, it's pretty hard to win the title without winning a race. Right now, 5 of the chase contenders have won MULTIPLE races, and 11 of the top 15 have one at least once. Leave the chase format alone. Checkers or wreckers doesn't make a champion.

Ed Hinton
  (2:34 PM)

Just letting John air his opinion here. Even though I disagree totally.

Eddie (Miami)

Any chance that Jeffrey Earnhardt might drive the 3 car one day?

Red (NC)

Why do the top Hendrick guys seem to retire from that team, yet the top Roush guys seem to leave or flirt with leaving? To you, what does that say?

Ed Hinton
  (2:35 PM)

everybody hang on, i'm having a tech issue posting questions here.

Jamerson (Georgia)

What will Junior have to do in his career to ensure that people will stop hating on him so much?

Megan (Louisville)

Do you think Waltrip might help out Mayfield and give him a job?

Ed Hinton
  (2:38 PM)

ok, folks, i can patchwork this. your questions are posting on your screens, but not mine. i'll work this with two computer screens.

Ian (Wyoming)

Hey Ed, what do you think of Matt Kenseth's performance at Atlanta? Do you think he will make the Chase?

Ed Hinton
  (2:39 PM)

I was very impressed with 17's comeback at Atlanta. Think he was all the way up to fourth at one point. Yes, I think he'll make the Chase.

Joe (troy,ohio )

What do you think of harvicks run sunday night, was it a RCR turnaround or just too many drivers playing it safe?

Ed Hinton
  (2:40 PM)

They had a fabulous setup -- just better than everybody else -- for the long runs. How this will translate to Richmond, I don't know.

Mike (Atlanta)

If Kyle comes up short of making the chase on Saturday, what will that mean for his reputation as one of the best drivers in the sport? The media has dubbed him as one of the best, and driving wise he is, but he still hasn't shown enough to be considered a true championship driver. He has ZERO consistency

Ed Hinton
  (2:42 PM)

oh, stop. your bias is blatant.

Justin Revel (Paris TN)

If Tony Stewart win's the championship... could we have a new most popular driver in 2010?

Ed Hinton
  (2:44 PM)

It's conceivable. Tony has already made inroads in merchandise sales -- although i'm going to be in big trouble with the 88 camp for saying so here.

David (Washington DC)

and yours isn't??

Ed Hinton
  (2:45 PM)

Journalists pointing out that a driver is good is not biased. It's just telling the truth. What do you want us to do? say the guy is awful?

Victor (NC)

Isn't Tony Sterwart spread too thin with dirt tracks, charity events, race teams to be champion?

Ed Hinton
  (2:46 PM)

no more than any other driver is spread thin. this was one dirt track and it's over. check the skeds of jj, jg, et al, and you'll see the same kind of frenzied schedule, just in different forms.

Liz (Vegas)

Didn't Kyle Busch already proclaim that he is the 2009 Nascar most popluar driver?

Ed Hinton
  (2:46 PM)

he said it as a joke. i was there when he said it.

marty smith (espn)

ed, lets go tonight, espn, 1 am, old school nu school.

Ed Hinton
  (2:48 PM)

if you were the real Marty, you'd know that I know you're still to heartsick over Virginia Tech losing to Alabama to want any part of me on old school nu skool.BTW, how did you pay off the bet with Mike Davis, the Roll Tide fanatic at JR motorsports?

Scott (BALTO)

Isn't it the job of the analyst/journalist to keep personal emotions (business interests) to him/herself?

Ed Hinton
  (2:49 PM)

yes. when i say Kyle busch is an excellent driver, it has nothing to do with personal emotion.

Dan (SC)

Ed, who is the real Carl Edwards? To me, he seems like a good driver that had great cars last year. Maybe a bit overrated because people like his personality? Sometimes he's a bully (Kenseth) sometimes he gets bullied (Harvick). Sometimes he seems genuine, sometimes two faced. Walking billboard, yet a bit old school. I can't figure if I like or dislike him.

Ed Hinton
  (2:50 PM)

I think Carl is a really, really good driver -- as good or better than Kyle Busch -- who got adequate cars last year and is getting lousy cars this year.

jj hill jr (az)

hey ed, im worried about my driver cousin carl.hows he gonna do a backflip with a broken foot?

Ed Hinton
  (2:51 PM)

I agree. I wouldn't say I'm worried about it so much as curious about it. Would love to see him win Richmond just to see what happens. Bet there'd be no back flip, per Roush orders if nothing else.

Scott (BALTO)

Can we all sign a petition to switch the 2nd Dover race and The Glen? A "Champion" should be able to do well at a road race, not 'minimize the damage' with respect to points. Additionally, the dover race is so boring. There are more cars on the lead lap @ Bristol @ the end of a race than there are for Dover...so BORING!

Ed Hinton
  (2:53 PM)

I agree. I'd like to see a road course in the chase, especially the glen. As for a petition, Mike Helton is by no stretch of the imagination running a democracy, and he's as much as said so.They're going to stick with this boring, patchwork schedule of tracks that got lucky, regardless.

Jamerson (Georgia)

Brad Keselowski has apparently signed a multi-year contract with Penske and plans to be there a while. Someone will still have to take over for Martin and Gordon at Hendrick eventually. Who do you think are possibilities?

Ed Hinton
  (2:54 PM)

I think if Rick Hendrick wants him back a few years down the road, he'll get him back.

Pancho (Houston)

Harvick only has 11 wins in 10 seasons in Dale's #3 team. Aren't those pathetic results enough for Childress to get rid of Harvick?

Ed Hinton
  (2:55 PM)

No, because if you'll think back, Earnhardt himself wasn't doing so hot in that ride his last few years. A plate race once in a while was all he could win.

Julie (Houston)

When Dale Jr retires in a few years who will all those fans with 8 and 88 tattooed on their arms support?

Ed Hinton
  (2:56 PM)

Good question. Ask me, that's the trouble with all tattoos. Like having your ex's name tatooed on you forever. i'm anti-ink, period.

Jack (Jacksonville, FL)

I am a computer/software/electronics engineer. How would I go about getting a job with a NASCAR team? Do they hire people from my field?

Ed Hinton
  (2:57 PM)

I'd just contact the HR departments at Hendrick, Roush, RCR, JGR, etc. Yes, they hire your type. Thing is, they've got a lot of pipelines out of Clemson, NC State, NC A

Aaron (Bath, ME)

Second straight week where the top-3 drivers in the standings have struggled and/or had inconsistent race. Any cause for concern for any of the three?

Ed Hinton
  (2:58 PM)

Maybe on the 48 side. They've been concerned about getting their act together, and are getting a bit nervous.The others are just horsing around.

Travis (Huntsville)

Do you think Joey Logano will be considered one of the all time greats twenty years from now?

Ed Hinton
  (2:58 PM)

For some reason my instincts and experience tell me no.

Jamerson (Georgia)

You talked about what a good driver Carl Edwards is. Any chance we'd ever see him leave Roush and go to a better team like Hendrick, Stewart-Haas, or Gibbs?

Ed Hinton
  (3:00 PM)

This relates to a question I couldn't post a while ago about why drivers retire from Hendrick but shop from Roush.Money, security and the Hendrick feel-good philosophy is the reason.I don't think Roush is ever going to pay drivers enough money to keep them from being vulnerable to raids by the Hendrick type teams.

Aaron (Bath, ME)

Just to clarify, you really think there should be some concern in the 48 camp? You've shown your wit and sarcasm in full force today, so I just wanna make sure, haha.

Ed Hinton
  (3:01 PM)

Actually I'm quite serious. Jimmie was expressing concern about that at Atlanta on Saturday, and you see what happened on Sunday.I think their confidence in themselves to deal with adversity quickly and effectively is a bit shaken right now.

Ed Hinton
  (3:02 PM)

Well, looks like my time is up. Thanks for stopping by, and sorry for the tech glitches today. we'll work on it.