Rusty Wallace will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
We've got Rusty!
Rusty, what do you think of the inaugural nascar hall of fame class?
I think that the class is a great class. They're all worthy, no doubt about that. I'm happy for all of those guys that got inducted. They are all worthy candidates.
How much fun are you having today with the kids at the Bank of America STEM 500?
I'm having a lot of fun. It just concluded. We had 100 kids come out and compete. We had 20 groups of 5 and we gave them questions that were all math related. Those that answered first, moved ahead of everyone. We had a board shaped like Daytona where their team's moved.
Rusty do you feel about RWR's move to the new Nationwide COT?
We have to embrace the new car. We got to test with the new car and it ran well. We have a few things to work on. But the drivers were doggone happy with the car, but they'll have to work on the setups. This car will require a new set up.
hey rusty whos ya top 5 for saturday nights all star race. start with winner
That's a hard question to answer. I think this particular style of race suits aggressive drivers. Tony Stewart, Hamlin. Those are two names I can give you.
Rusty, first of all it's an honor to be able to ask a question... From the age of seven (im now 21) I have liked Jeff Gordon. Recently I've noticed that he is getting quality finishes, but cannot get the win, what could be going wrong with the 24 team?
I don't think there's much going wrong. With those finishes he's had, he can win himself a championship. He'll get the wins, he's running too well not to. He's very consistent right now and that's what championship is based on.
How do you feel about Brad K taking the #2 car next season, that car you drove?
I've been real impressed with what he said about driving the car next year. The first guy he called was me and said that he was honored to drive it. It's a great car. He's excited to drive that car. He's got a lot of step in him. He's prideful to be a Miller Lite driver. I like that.
Who would you say your son Steven's racing style is most like?
Steven is a real aggressive driver. He's learning pretty quickly. I would say his driving style is more Earnhardt. I was more of a calculating driver.
Any chance of Matt Kenseth gets a little more consistant and makes a run for the cup this year
Yeah, I do think that he can get some consistency going. They've got that car running better than it has in a long time. I think with the focus they've put into that team that they could lay out some wins soon.
Hello Rusty. Really wish you were still racing! Why is everyone writing off Tony Stewart already? He is less than 40 points out of the chase is usually best starting in the summer months. The media talk about a slump compared to last year but last year was not your typical Smoke kind of year....this year is!
I guess I would say that I don't know who "everybody" is. I haven't written him off and I'm not hearing that.
It seems the rift between JJ and Gordon has knocked JJ back to earth, and JR seems to have never fit in with that team. Do you forsee any major shake ups at Hendrick in the future?
No, I don't see any more issues at all. They told everyone how they feel. They're competitive. It might flare up occasionally. I think it's resolved now.
Thanks to all the fans for asking the great questions. I've been here in Daytona for the Bank of America 500 to talk to the students about how important science and math is in our industry.