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April 12, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ryan McGee

Ryan McGee
  (2:01 PM)

Welcome my Arizona desert dust-covered brothers and sisters to the Internet's biggest and baddest (maybe only) Monday afternoon one-hour motorsports block party. I'm Mr Momming it today, so if I seem distracted it's because my daughter has set something on fire or tried to cram the dog down the toilet. No matter, I am here for you.

Ryan McGee
  (2:01 PM)

To the queries!

Nick Anders (Hastings, NE)

Hey Ryan, I was wondering what you thought of Scott Speeds performance so far this year. We've always known he's a capable qualifier, and even though Saturday was rough for him, we need to take note that he lost his brakes and quickly fell off the pace and got lapped. But he got lapped and gradually moved up the field, as high as 17th from what I remember, yet nobody would know watching the Fox telecast because they seemed to forget about him. But its good to see him be able to rebound the way he did. I love the guy, he brings something different to NASCAR and its refreshing. As a 25 year old male I have a new love for NASCAR because of guys like him and I think he's drawing in a different group of fans then you would normally see. And also, his friendship with Kyle Busch seems to help me respect KB some more than usual ;). Here's hoping we get to see Scott Speed for a long time to come in NASCAR and that he never shuts down his Twitter page!

Ryan McGee
  (2:03 PM)

Nick...full disclosure, just today I got one of Red Bull's new special edition 19.2-ounce cans with Scott's likeness etched onto the side (I posted a pic on my Twitter earlier @RyanMcGeeESPN). That gift aside, I am also a big fan of Speed.

Ryan McGee
  (2:05 PM)

When he first arrived a lot of fans and drivers alike weren't sure what to make of him, but he has shown some real moments of talent this year - ex. keeping a car up front on old tires for a long stint during the Daytona 500 - and his sense of humor has won over a lot of folks. When he was in the top 12 and had to do a Q and A with the racing media, many of whom had never talked to him, he really won them over.

Ryan McGee
  (2:05 PM)

We need personalities in this sport. Scott Speed being relevant on the track would be huge.

Ryan McGee
  (2:05 PM)

We need personalities in this sport. Scott Speed being relevant on the track would be huge.

Ryan McGee
  (2:06 PM)

Uh oh...here come the Kyle Busch fans...

Monica (Cleveland)

Hi Ryan, we feel really bad for Kyle , Dave and the #18 team for the way their victory was stolen. How does Kyle help the team to get over this tragedy?

Octo (Moms house)

We demand that Dave Rogers be fired! The king of the minors deserves better!!!!!!

Justin M (Boone, NC)

As much as pit strategy is a part of racing, I feel like it should not be a part of GWC finishes. GWCs are completely random, and to me, CCs shouldn't have to guess about that. I think they should go to no pit stops on GWC unless fuel is a factor, in which case teams should be able to refuel and get their position back (sorta like how World of Outlaws lets the teams refuel under the red flag if it becomes an issue). Let the cars in position to win have a chance to battle for the win regardless of who does what behind them, and make it so "ya got whatcha got."

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

Okay, I don't know if Justin is a Shrub fan, but his question is most definitely Kyle Busch-related.

Heather (Denver)

What do Coach and JD say to Kyle, Dave and the #18 team to help them over the tragedy and devasation of having thier win stolen?

Ryan McGee
  (2:08 PM)

Okay, here's the deal. Yes, the GWC is a roll of the dice. No, that's not all bad. We've had more unpredictable finishes in seven races this year than we've have during most entire seasons. We have literally not known who the winner is going to be when the green is shown for the last time.

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

That means that some goofy variables are going to factor in. And it also means that the crew chief who guesses wrong - and trust me, they are guesses - is going to get killed on Monday. It happened to Letarte, it happened Dave Rogers, and it was going to happen to Mike Ford before Hamlin caught a break at Martinsville with the Kenseth/Gordon mess.

Ryan McGee
  (2:11 PM)

Is it perfect? No. Is it boring? No. I'll take not boring over not perfect. The GWC is the only thing that made Saturday night's race one of the most forgetable in recent memory. Now we can't stop talking about it.

Ryan McGee
  (2:11 PM)

As for Gibbs and Kyle and team morale. That's the key from here on out. Kyle is either going to blow up and wilt or use it as motivation. I feel a Coach Gibbs pep talk coming.

Ed (Fort Worth)

Yo McGee, gotta give props to Hamlin for toughing it out. I was not a big fan of his, but now have a ton of respect for him finishing at PIR - that was old school. Speaking of old school, nice job on the Big E mag. Btw, did you get that info on places to eat down here?

Ryan McGee
  (2:14 PM)

I agree Ed. That was some manly-man stuff right there. People up in Virginia have long touted DH as an old school guy (his childhood hero was Bill Elliott) and he proved them right. But only time will tell if it was actually the prudent thing to do, especially when he was 2 laps down. One of the coolest Earnhardt moments ever was when he won the pole and nearly won the race at Watkins Glen with a broken shoulder. Years later he admitted that he probably shouldn't have done it because it caused his recovery time to be much longer than it should have. As for Denny? Stay tuned...

Rich (LA, CA)

Ryan, it appears all of the RPM cars are running well except for Sadler/ What's the issue there?

Ryan McGee
  (2:17 PM)

They may be running well, but they aren't finishing well. Kasey Kahne's Chase chances went out the window on Saturday night. Now the Sports Business Journal is reporting that RPM has defaulted on a huge loan. You have to figure that Kasey is out of there by season's end and the future of the team is in A.J. Allmendinger's hands. I love The Dinger, but is he really a franchise player?

Danny (Santa Fe)

What do you think Kyle's chances are of winning both the NW and the SPrint Cup races at Texas?

Ryan McGee
  (2:19 PM)

I like his chances on Saturday - he's won 4 of his 10 NW starts at TMS - than Sunday. He's 0-for-10 in Cup races and finished 18th and 11th there last year.

Ryan McGee
  (2:21 PM)

A feel a winless streak ending this weekend! Look at the guys who are good there - Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart...all guys who need a win bad. Jeff Gordon used to be terrible at TMS but won there one year ago. My top six: 17, 48, 24, 5, 99, 33. But I'll post my official top contenders on my blog later this week.

Matt (Memphis, TN)

Hey Ryan, First things first, Will we see you on the boulevard at Dega? Harvick started the season strong but hasn't shown much the past two races. When will we hear some resolution on this contract issue and do you think he will stay put or join SHR?

Ryan McGee
  (2:24 PM)

I will be there! Email me at mcgeespn@yahoo.com or Tweet me at @RyanMcGeeESPN and let me know where you'll be. And yes, the 29 looks a little lost. The good news is that the '10 version of lost is a helluva better than the '09 version. I think KH is in wait-and-see mode with whether or not to return to RCR after this year. And don't stay so sold on SHR. He might be doing his own deal. That's a mighty fine raceshop he's got up there in Kenersville, NC.

Frank (Dallas)

While covering the drivers, have you ever had an incident where you asked him/her if they were sure they wanted to be on the record for that remark?

Ryan McGee
  (2:25 PM)

Yes. But almost exclusively with young guys. With the vets, if they say it they say it and should know better nor to.

caster and camber (bahama, nc)

do you think it is inevitable that eventually nascar is gonna allow those engineers and their computers that hook up to the cars during testing into the race? i can see why the don't allow it to even the playing field but it just seems like eventually these cars will have sensors with antennas sending signals to pit boxes and then teams will know if the car really has a push in the center or the driver is just missing their mark. how do you feel about it?p.s. don't forget to vote for scott riggs

Ryan McGee
  (2:28 PM)

Man, I thought about you on Saturday night, C and C. Riggs had that #90 sled digging before the blown motor that changed the race. And no, I do not see a day when teams will be able to totally wire cars up like they do for testing. I for one do not want to see us have a day when its like Formula One and adjustments are made with the push of a button from the pits. Ask former F1 guys like Montoya, Speed, and Piquet and they'll tell you the same thing - it's more like racing RC cars than actual racecars.

Ryan McGee
  (2:28 PM)

Man, I thought about you on Saturday night, C and C. Riggs had that #90 sled digging before the blown motor that changed the race. And no, I do not see a day when teams will be able to totally wire cars up like they do for testing. I for one do not want to see us have a day when its like Formula One and adjustments are made with the push of a button from the pits. Ask former F1 guys like Montoya, Speed, and Piquet and they'll tell you the same thing - it's more like racing RC cars than actual racecars.

Lucy (NE)

I love Somaons!! Are there any Somoan drivers?

Ryan McGee
  (2:29 PM)

Not that I know of, but I once covered a stock car series in Hawaii and there some big ol Somoans racing out there. I love 'em, too. No college football team is complete without at least one Somoan lineman blowing people up at the line of scrimmage.

Eddie (San Antonio)

How come Dale is consistently low man on the totem pole at Henricks? Is it because his teammates are all better drivers than him?

Ryan McGee
  (2:31 PM)

The bar set by the 48 and 24 in particular is soooo high that everyone plays second fiddle to them. They have plenty of talented people and Junior hasn't forgotten how to drive. It's just hard to keep pace with three living legends...though he sure seems to be keeping up much better this year than last, doesn't he?

Patrick (Memphis, TN)

Do you see the #17 team keeping up their early season consistency like the old days, or even getting into the Winner's circle? It has been awhile...

Ryan McGee
  (2:34 PM)

Yes I do...and yes he will. I wrote this in this week's Power Rankings: He and Jimmie have taken totally different approaches to the top two in points. Kenseth is punching out top tens while Jimmie is (until Phoenix) either winning or being generic. Who will win out in the end? We'll see. Reminds me of Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon's points battle in '96. Texas Terry, the tortoise, beat Gordon, the hare.

Ernie (Lancaster, OH)

Newman admitted that he stole the win from Kyle so why is he running his mouth about them being even when he wasn't even in the Nationwide race?

Ryan McGee
  (2:35 PM)

I don't know...weird.

EyrishEyes (NY)

So how about Survivor huh? Evil Russell is evil. First Boston Rob and now Coach is gone! I think the heroes may have it wrapped up now though. Colby is finally kicking a**, yay!

Ryan McGee
  (2:36 PM)

Russell is an evil genius. He would make a great Cup driver...though I don't know if he could see over the steering wheel.

Connor (SC)

Do you think KHI might merge with Robby Gordon Motorsports to form a 2 car Sprint Cup team?

Ryan McGee
  (2:36 PM)

Hmmmmm...

Quincy (Richmond, VA)

Everybody can say they can't stand Danica, but the TV ratings say otherwise. Both Bristol and Nashville NW races were down compared to 2009.

Ryan McGee
  (2:37 PM)

You noticed that too, huh? And if you've watched any Indy Car races this year it is so clear that her mind is so NOT on open wheel racing.

Brandon (Richmond)

Hey Ryan, does Sadler have a chance to contend for a win at all this year? Why is he so far behind his teammates?

Ryan McGee
  (2:38 PM)

If he's going to do it, it'll be at a place where he's won before, like Texas this weekend. But unfortunately, I think Big Daddy is on the backside of his career. I really, really hope he proves me wrong. One of the all-time good dudes.

Justin (Northern Virginia)

Ryan how come no one is mentioning the fact that TWO drivers got credited with most laps lead. This sort thing is a rarity and is at least worthy of being mentioned. When has this sort of thing happen before in NASCAR?

Ryan McGee
  (2:41 PM)

I noticed that last night. And I honestly don't remember the last time it happened. I will look it up for you and post it on in my blog and on Twitter sometime this week...promise! Amazing how differently their two days - Jimmie and Kyle - ended up.

Bobby Shoemaker (Fairfax, Va)

Hey Ryan,I wanted to pick your brain about Tony Stewart. Last year when we expected the struggles early in the year they never came. This year has been more than a struggle. Also, with Ryan Newman's win on Saturday it really has to be "heating up" in the Stewart garage I would think. Why such a struggle to the start of the year for the 14?

Ryan McGee
  (2:43 PM)

Yo Bobby...something happened during the preseason media tour in January that really stuck with me and has ended up being pretty telling. During their stop on the tour, Stewart and team prez Bobby Hutchens went out of their way to warn everyone about a sophomore slump...and did it over and over and over. I think they went into the season tempering their own expectations, let alone everyone else's. Maybe Newman's win, no matter how unconventional, is what they need to snap out of it.

Michael (Harlingen)

You stated earlier that Kasey's Chase chances went out the window. I tend to agree but am still hoping for the best, i.e. maybe three or four wins. If it weren't for bad luck he'd have no luck at all this year! Where does he take the #9 next year? I keep hearing he goes with Tony Stewart, any insight to this??

Ryan McGee
  (2:45 PM)

Stewart-Haas is the hot rumor for both Harvick and Kahne. But you have to wonder if this is the best time for a team to expand. Then again, if someone could bring over Bud or Shell, that'd be huge.

Ryan McGee
  (2:45 PM)

Stewart-Haas is the hot rumor for both Harvick and Kahne. But you have to wonder if this is the best time for a team to expand. Then again, if someone could bring over Bud or Shell, that'd be huge.

Pat (NC)

Denica seems to be running as terrible in IRL as she did in NW. Is she just in well over her head?

Ryan McGee
  (2:46 PM)

Her NW struggles were expected. They were literally her first few starts ever in a stock car. Her IRL struggles have been a bit of surprised. But keep in mind she's won one more Indy Car race than most.

Kathi (NY)

Do really think Kahne's Chase chances are done? We are coming to some of the tracks where he has had success in the past. As a Kahne fan I am hoping for a Tony Stewart style hot streak in the heat of the summer!

Ryan McGee
  (2:48 PM)

That's what it's going to take. He REALLY needs a May like he had in '08. His problem isn't how hot he can get, but rather leapfrogging all the guys - 15 - between himself and the Chase.

Leo (CT)

Is Casey Mears miffed he didn't get into the 11 Saturday? Was that his one last shot at impressing a top team?

Ryan McGee
  (2:49 PM)

He was, but didn't act like it. And he'll be back in the pits again this weekend at Texas.

Lucy (NE)

Can Biffle crack the slate and become the next elite racer? He seems ready to go to the slate and become one of the best.

Ryan McGee
  (2:51 PM)

Well, Lucy, a lot of folks have been waiting on that big move for a while now. His entire Cup career he has been "this close" (I'm pinching my thumb and index fingers together) but with the exception of '05, when he finished 2nd in points he hasn't been able to get over the hump. The good news is that he's got plenty of years to go to add a Cup title to his Truck and NW championships...but fewer than he used to have.

Abby (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Why did Nascar throw the yellow when that start & parker Riggs hit the wall but they didn't throw the yellow when Kurt Busch did the same thing earlier?

Ryan McGee
  (2:54 PM)

They let Kurt ride around a bit because a bunch of cars were in the middle of green flag pit stops and they knew he was okay. Riggs was nearly at a complete stop in the middle of the racing groove. You think people were mad about the G-W-C finish? Imagine how mad they would've been if Riggs had drifted into the pack and taken out a bunch of cars w/a few laps to go because NASCAR didn't throw the yellow!

Ryan McGee
  (2:55 PM)

By the way, if you type in a different name for each of your questions but keep using the same "go to the slate" phrase then I know its the same person, Lucy/Fulmzy

EyrishEyes (NY)

American Idol - I'm still watching, and it's still the worst season to date. Taylor Hicks is incredible compared to the season 9 kids. Who thought we'd ever be craving Soul Patrol?!

Ryan McGee
  (2:57 PM)

Speaking of Soul Patrol, how about him mangling his interview on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network from the Alabama GP on Sunday? He called the IRL "Formula One" about five times. Ugh.

Joe (Ny)

Do you think Gordon has a legitmate shot at beating Johnson this year in the chase?

Ryan McGee
  (2:57 PM)

I do. He has more confidence in his team and his crew chief than he's had in nearly a decade. They haven't won in nearly a year, but they are in fine-tuning mode for the postseason already.

Larry (Florida)

Any chance of getting rid of these green white checkered finishes? It seems like the whole field gets jumbled because of all the chaos that ensues. Manufactured finishes are much more frustrating than they are exciting.

Ryan McGee
  (2:59 PM)

It'll never happen. They may modify it one day, but NASCAR has gotten more national media play this year off of these finishes than it has in a long time. Besides, this is what the fans told the league they wanted in all of those surveys that NASCAR does.

Brian (Richmond, Ky.)

Is Robby still going to try to put a deal together with Derrick Walker for Indy now that he's fighting to stay in the top 35? Seems to me he has to choose between his dream (winning the Indy 500) and his business (keeping RGM in the top 35.)

Ryan McGee
  (3:00 PM)

Never happen. As long as he's racing he'll keep trying to figure ways to run the Indy 500, Baja 500, and, coming soon to an arena near you, monster trucks. Seriously.

SpacieStacie (Pinckney, Michigan)

How many fans here are dedicated to one driver and only that driver? Cause I am feeling that many here at that way. I think the more drivers you like, the easier to enjoy the sport. Or am I wrong?

Ryan McGee
  (3:02 PM)

Spacie! I think most are dedicated to one driver. I used to be a gigantic Richard Petty fan, but I also pulled for Harry Gant and Terry Labonte. To me, having my drivers kind of on a "this is who I'm pulling for" tier system helped keep me interested. If The King dropped out, I pulled for Harry. If Harry was gone, I was on to Terry. But the ratings slump started when Dale Junior started struggling, so read into that what you will.

Blake (Lubbock)

Dale just seemed to give up and quit at PIR after the splitter issue. Why does he quit so easily instead of fighting back like Kyle, Denny, Carl and those guys?

Ryan McGee
  (3:02 PM)

Totally disagree. He took a total piece of junk and managed to bring it in 12th. Last year he would've finished 27th.

Ryan McGee
  (3:04 PM)

Wow...fastest hour ever! That'll do it for this week's Monday motorsports block party. Sorry if I didn't get to you, the questions were coming hot and heavy! You can always send me more at Twitter (@RyanMcGeeESPN) or via email (mcgeespn@yahoo.com) or come back next Monday, same bat time, same bat website! Thanks again...and as always, tip the wait staff and enjoy the music of The Mavericks.