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July 22, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ed Hinton

Ed Hinton
  (1:59 PM)

Good afternoon, all. Let's drop the green on this thing.

Chris Nulty (Crestview, FL)

I think the penalty on Edwards was appropriate. The probation for Brad I am on the fence about. I think the probation for Brad is more about not letting him get payback then anything else. Do you agree?

Ed Hinton
  (2:01 PM)

Got a lot of Carl v Brad questions today, so we're going to deal with a lot of various versions.I agree the Edwards penalty was appropriate. I think NASCAR was sending a message to Brad K: son, you're gonna have to ease up, and we're going to nudge you before still more drivers punt you.

Matthew (Columbia, NJ)

How come nobody is defending Carl Edwards from Saturday? I am with Carl in the fact that Keselowski didn't have to bump Carl in turn 1, because he had a great car anyway.

Ed Hinton
  (2:03 PM)

I'm with you in defending Carl. Intentional or not, it was within NASCAR law of the jungle. And, like the deal at Atlanta in the spring, what caused such an uproar was the sensational look of the wreck after carl did his deal.

Paige Nash (Corbin Ky)

What is your oppinion about the penalties that were put into place yesterday? Were they to much or enough to get the point across?

Ed Hinton
  (2:03 PM)

I think NASCAR got it just right.

Brian (Richmond, Ky.)

Loved the piece on Gordon and the 400. Think there's any chance he'd ever strap on an IndyCar at this point, or has that ship sailed now that he's a father of two and on the wrong side of 30?

Ed Hinton
  (2:04 PM)

Like everybody, I'd have loved to see him in F1 or Indy cars. But yes, that ship sailed along time ago. Before he even turned 30 he told me firmly, several times, that it was way too late to go back to open wheel.

Paige Nash (Corbin, KY)

Is a fued like Brad and Carl's good for NASCAR, or does it take away from the more important things going on in the sport?

Ed Hinton
  (2:05 PM)

I think it's very good for NASCAR. It's the kind of thing that made NASCAR what it is today.

Chris Nulty (Crestview, FL)

Since Brad Keselowski is on probation do you think maybe Penske will give a "team order" for Hornish or Busch to go out and retaliate against Edwards? Hornish wrecks every week anyway so he might as well take out Edwards too, lol.

Ed Hinton
  (2:06 PM)

Absolutely not. Roger Penske isn't that kind of racer, never has been, never will be.

Michael (Springfield, IL)

How many wins and championships will Jeff Gordon have when he hangs up his steering wheel? Will Jeff Gordon reach 100 career wins before his time is up?

Ed Hinton
  (2:07 PM)

I'm beginning to lose hope that he'll hit 100, because his near misses aren't developing into wins. Right now I'd say he's got a shot at hitting third all-time with 85, but that's about the limit. He could win another championship, and it could be this year.

RAY GORDON REID ( MUNICE INDIANA 47305 )

QUESTION TO ED HINTON AT 2.25 PM HI ED WHO YOU HAVE FOR BRICKYARD SUNDAY

Ed Hinton
  (2:08 PM)

Ray Gordon, you must be a man on the move. I thought you were in Mis'ippi last week. Sentimentally I like Gordon but think it would be a reach. I'd call it a tossup between 48 and 42.

Teri (CA)

Are we going to see a Rousch win in cup this year?

Ed Hinton
  (2:09 PM)

I think so. Probably at Michigan in August on fuel mileage.

Ken (NJ)

What are your feelings on parents being involved with drivers? Like Brad's dad comments after the race or Logano's dad holding him back against Harvick?

Ed Hinton
  (2:10 PM)

Believe it or not, that's always been the case. Way back when Big E wrecked Sterling Marlin to win a Bristol in '87, Sterling's dad, Coo Coo, was holding court with the media and saying Earnhardt deserved a good whuppin'.

Carl Edwards (Missouri)

I forgot to tell NASCAR that there were bees in the car that caused me to swerve into Brad K.. What - Haven't you ever seen Tommy Boy?

Ed Hinton
  (2:11 PM)

Now, fake Carl, the real thing made no bones about it. So don't come up with those Ricky Bobby excuses.

Mike (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Why did Keselowski get a penalty? What he did was the same rubbin' and racin' Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson did in Loudon. And Kurt and Jimmie got no penalty which was obviously the right decision.

Ed Hinton
  (2:11 PM)

I think NASCAR was sending a message he'd better ease up, lest he get punted by more drivers than just Edwards.

Brian (Richmond, Ky.)

Best American driver since Mario?

Ed Hinton
  (2:11 PM)

Smoke

Mike (Kentucky)

Do you have a darkhorse pick who could possibly surprise everypne and win on sunday?

Ed Hinton
  (2:12 PM)

Dinger, perhaps, if the King'll stay off his back.

kevin (new jersey)

does carl remind you of dale earnhardt a little bit (please dont hate me Earnhardt fans) aggressive take no prisionors on the track and a nice guy off the track

Ed Hinton
  (2:13 PM)

Earnhardt was rarely a nice guy off the track. Unlike Carl, Earnhardt often claimed, "didn't mean to" when you knew he did.

YAR8pack (Candor)

In the sixteen years NASCAR's been racing at the Brickyard, can you think of 3 "good" races that have occurred there? I've been a fan of NASCAR for a long time, but I cannot think of any. Maybe Earnhardt's win in 95? Awesome Bill returning to Victory Lane? Harvick's first win? Other than those, wake me up when it's over. The Brickyard is the biggest "show" on the schedule, and that show sure ain't for the racin'.

Ed Hinton
  (2:15 PM)

Well, here's the thing about this place. Rarely in open-wheel cars, and almost never in NASCAR, is it conducive to close races. What this joint is famous for is MEMORABLE finishes, not exactly "good races," and all of the ones you mention fit memorable.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Carl Edwards says he doesn't see anything wrong with Cup guys competing for a NW Title. Ask him how he would feel about the New York Yankees (for example) competing for the AAA Title.

Ed Hinton
  (2:16 PM)

I feel the same way, as does Terry Blount, that Nationwide ought to be strictly developmental. But it's never, ever going to happen.

Jim (Maryland)

What are the chances that JGR gets a 4th team? Any chance that is where Mark M. will end up?

Ed Hinton
  (2:17 PM)

Fourth team all depends on sponsorship, and pickin's are still slim. As for Mark, JGR has a history of going for younger drivers. It's the NFL coming out in the family.

Shawn (Gastonia, NC)

Hey Ed! Interesting article today on Jeff's wins. My parents are Indianapolis natives and my first memories of Indy were Danny Sullivan's spin and win and Bobby Rahal taking a swig of Budweiser and then chasing it with milk. You wrote a series on the IRL/CART split that hit the nail on the head. As a young fan, they lost me for good. They lost my parents, who grew up around the track and used to get pulled out of school to watch practice in May. Everyone likes to point to Tony Stewart or JPM, but for every Tony, there is a Dario. Sure, Mario Andretti won Daytona. He won the same number of Indianapolis 500's. AJ Foyt is like Tony, he'd win whatever he drove. Jeff and Jimmie won at Indy in the series with the best drivers with dominant equipment. Rick Mears won at Indy with dominant equipment. Would Rick have four wins at Indy had Dale Sr. or DW or Rusty Wallace decided to race at the time? Who knows. My point is, the talent is here in Charlotte now. Jeff's fifth win at Indy would be better than his previous four and I would put him up there with AJ.

Ed Hinton
  (2:18 PM)

My thought is that Foyt's achievement stands alone because it was the first time.

heath hinton (laurel, Ms)

Is Kasey Kahne having one of the best "lame duck" seasons ever as a driver and what are his chances to win at the Brickyard? P.S. I have the Auburn Tigers actually winning the West this year.

Ed Hinton
  (2:19 PM)

Can't recall a better lame duck season off hand, and his chances of winning the Brickyard would be great if not for engine questions. This place is really tough on engines with those long straights that wind high RPM.

Frank (WV)

I have heard a lot of comments from fans saying that it was unfair that Brad K got put on probation. It seems clear that he does not respect the vets on the track and brings these problem on himself. Your thoughts?

Ed Hinton
  (2:20 PM)

Ditto from me, Frank.

Conner (Illinois)

Who are you predicting to win at The Brickyard?

Ed Hinton
  (2:20 PM)

48 or 42, although 24 would be a nice story . . .

Andrew (Clemson, SC)

Do you think David Reutimann has a legitimate shot at making the chase? Do you think that MWR is heading towards being a major contender in Nascar?

Ed Hinton
  (2:21 PM)

I do think Reuti has a decent shot due to the volatility down there around 12th. And yes indeed, MWR will grow stronger and stronger as long as Michael stays out of a car and plays his strong suit as a businessman.

josh (slc)

in 2007 robby gordon got suspended by nasacar for not droping to the rear of the field when he got spun out under caution by marcos. he proceded to maintain his spot and him and harvick both claimed victory and did some burn outs! in my opinion it was no way the same as what carl did to brad. is nascar playing favorits?

Ed Hinton
  (2:22 PM)

In NASCAR's thinking, not obeying the way Robby did is a much more serious problem than just turning a guy.

David (Virginia)

What are the odds Gordon does break that streak this week?

Ed Hinton
  (2:22 PM)

oh, I'd make him about an 8-1 shot.

Kevin Harvick (Indianapolis)

I think that Carl Edwards got off easy with this penalty. I mean in 2002, I kept disobeying NASCAR so they parked me during a truck race and then on Sunday I wasn't allowed to drive the cup car. Don't you think that that would make a statement to "have at it boys", but you cross the line and brag about it then you get to sit and think about your action?

Ed Hinton
  (2:26 PM)

Now, now, Kevin, Carl didn't do anything like the rampage you did at Martinsville that time. Don't you remember how you kept telling your crew you were going after him, and then hitting him again and again. You went wild that day, my man.

Mike (Atlanta)

Why do they qualify for the Brickyard on saturday morning while the rest of the schedule is typical? tv?

Ed Hinton
  (2:27 PM)

I think it's a holdover from Tony George, who thought he could draw a qualifying crowd on Saturday.

josh (slc)

the truck series should be the developmental series in nascars top 3!

Ed Hinton
  (2:31 PM)

hey, not a bad idea, except that i'd hate to see guys like hornaday, skinner and todd bodine go. they're still fun.

Jacob Dempsey (Bresse,illinois)

who is your favorite for indy

Ed Hinton
  (2:32 PM)

favorite story would be 24. realistic pick would be 48 or 42.

Chris Nulty (Crestview, FL)

I know Junior is a cash cow for HMS, but do you see Junior resigning there in 2012 if he continues to run midpack and not improve?

Ed Hinton
  (2:33 PM)

Deep inside, I think it's entirely possible that if Junior doesn't get going in the next couple of years, he'll just get disgusted and walk away.

josh (slc)

when will f-1 come back to america? and why dont we ever see americans race there?

Ed Hinton
  (2:34 PM)

I can't foresee it anytime soon, and don't buy the Austin hoopla. Americans just don't have access to the rigid and expensive schooling formulas of Europe, and the odds are too long of getting to F1 so they go for the money of NASCAR.

Jeff (Charleston)

Are steroids illegal in Nascar? I know other drugs are. Cousin Carl sure fits all signs of Roid Rage .

Ed Hinton
  (2:35 PM)

Yes they're banned. This kind of talk has arisen before, and Carl has flatly denied it, and random drug testing bears him out, at least in my mind.

Frankie (Louisville)

Who is your favorite to capture the chase this year?

Ed Hinton
  (2:36 PM)

Hate to be boring, but JJ is logical -- with perhaps challenges from Harvick and Gordon.

Titus Pullo (Rome, NY)

I was distinctly underwhelmed by the Indy RL decision last week. I get that they could only choose one manufacturer for the monocque. But will anyone else really design the aero package to sell it at $70,000? Seems to me that's a money losing proposition.

Ed Hinton
  (2:37 PM)

I agree thoroughly. I posted a blog that day that's mainly a longer version of what you're saying here.

Tony (SF)

Do you see Aric Amirola getting a full time ride in either NW or Cup next year?

Ed Hinton
  (2:38 PM)

Rides are scares, and I wish he'd won a NW race or two, not just in trucks. He's got a shot, but not a great one.

Ken (NC)

Lowest seeded driver you still think is able to make the Chase?

Ed Hinton
  (2:39 PM)

Might well be Reuti sneaking in late.

Emily (NJ)

Ed, I love the claims of all the folks who attribute steriods to Carl. Seriously..is that all you people can think of? I find that quite immature. Just because a guy works out and takes care of his body, doesn't mean he is on roids. On the track, he is one of the few who does not fear defending himself. That's all there is to it.

Ed Hinton
  (2:39 PM)

Well said, Emily.

Saul (Sacramento)

Irwindale! Ed, any chances that Irwindale would get a cup date?

Ed Hinton
  (2:40 PM)

hahahaha! You know what, though? I'd love to see it. NASCAR badly needs another good short track on the schedule.

a guy with a broke tv (anytown usa)

will the race be on espn3 this sunday?

Ed Hinton
  (2:41 PM)

Won't be on espn3, but you might enjoy joining us on our running NASCAR Live chat. It's usually pretty lively.

Jamerson (Georgia)

I think Keselowski is getting an unfair amount of criticism for his actions. Some act like his little "bump and run" move was alot more severe than it was. He just nudged Edwards up the track a little... Edwards regained the lead down the backstretch, but just plain couldn't hold onto it in 3 and 4.

Ed Hinton
  (2:41 PM)

Giving equal time to the K side.

Phil (Richmond, Va.)

I have to ask this every week... where do you think Sadler will end up next year? I could see him replacing Awesome Bill in the Wood Brothers #21. Get back to his roots.

Ed Hinton
  (2:43 PM)

And I have to answer every week that I don't know, and I doubt he does either. His win came with the Woods, so that's a possibility.

Paige Nash (Corbin Ky)

What are the odds of Ky speedway getting a cup race next season

Ed Hinton
  (2:44 PM)

That's largely up to Bruton Smith, and for a while I thought he'd take one there. Now I'm wondering if he isn't more interested in moving a Chase race to Vegas, so that's where the NH race would go if he decides to move one.

Mike (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

You forgot the Gibbs guys for challenging Jimmie in the chase. Don't think they gonna win, but don't think Harvick or Gordon are gonna win the championship either.

Ed Hinton
  (2:45 PM)

Well, I'll agree that Hamlin is a contender. Kyle, the jury's still out on whether he can be steady enough.

Jerry (Los Angeles)

How many more good years does Jeff Gordon have/

Ed Hinton
  (2:46 PM)

I think he's already past his peak. But as for having a shot at being consistently competitive, he probably could have four or five more.

Jeff (Charleston)

In response to Emilt's comment that was obviously directed at me(you people) This is a question and answer forum. I asked a simple question. Got a great answer. He might take care of his body and work out a lot but he has still has a lot of signs of roid rage. Please dont cry .

Ed Hinton
  (2:47 PM)

just putting a response in here.

Will Bell (Shreveport)

What is the talk about where Khane will be driving in 2011?

Ed Hinton
  (2:49 PM)

I still think it's going to be a Hendrick-backed full time deal with James Finch, although both Rick and James have denied discussing it. If Mark stays in the 5 as he says, and Smoke doesn't expand as he says, then there's no place else to put Kahne. Oh, and JR motorsports is not going up to Cup.

daniel (Phoenix)

Is the blue deuce a serious threat for the title this year?

Ed Hinton
  (2:50 PM)

Could be similar to '04 when he came in under the radar.

Ken (NJ)

Any discussions of racing at the New Jersey Motorsports Park? A Little road course action in Jersey?

Ed Hinton
  (2:51 PM)

Not for Cup . . .Nationwide could be a possibility, except that Pocono is very protective of that part of the country.

Titus Pullo (Rome, NY)

Leaving the glamor out and the business deals made there, does Monaco deserve to be on the F1 schedule? I think like Indy it has memorable finishes but the racing isn't very good. Must be a demanding track to drive, although that doesn't come through on tv.

Ed Hinton
  (2:52 PM)

Monaco is the cornerstone of F1. But nobody would build a track, or even another street circuit, like that today. Indy is very demanding and Monaco is ultra demanding.

Ken (NJ)

I was completely kidding about throwing that track out there, but are there seriously talks about bringning a race to South Jersey? (even if it is NNS?)

Ed Hinton
  (2:53 PM)

Actually I think NASCAR has stalled in its thoughts about the Tri-State area, largely due to their getting blown out of Staten Island.

josh (slc)

why does'nt nascar put more short tracks on the sched? it really seems like the fans want that.

Ed Hinton
  (2:54 PM)

It's a seating capacity thing, and also the problem of making the huge mistake of building too many cookie cutter tracks and now not being able to disengage from them.

Mike (Merrillville)

You seem like you love carl and your not a fan of Brad. Brad is exactly what this sport needs. Im in college and so are my friends and we all love Brad. we call him Rook and probably will until he retires. Hes our kind of driver. So embrace the kid some. Hes the kind of driver Big E would love to drive against and beat

Ed Hinton
  (2:55 PM)

I think they're both good for NASCAR. I think K was too consistently rough in the early part of the season.

josh (slc)

we need mors short track raceing! nascar claims to be about US FANS someone could build a short track that can fit 150,000 fans

Ed Hinton
  (2:55 PM)

Just posting the landslide of opinion. But even if NASCAR is listening, the chances are slim of more short tracks.

Jerry (Los Angeles, CA)

Ed, do you see any young gems up and coming?

Ed Hinton
  (2:56 PM)

Stenhouse Jr has been getting more impressive the past couple of weeks.

Matt (Chicago)

In your opinion, is '11 a lost season already for Kahne since it will be a one-and-done wherever he is (unless Mark vacates the 5)?

Ed Hinton
  (2:56 PM)

No, I think Hendrick will find a place for him.

Lori (Ontario)

Any chance of NASCAR coming to Ontario, Canada? Heard Jeff Gordon is building a track near Niagara Falls.

Ed Hinton
  (2:57 PM)

Don't know about Jeff's plans, but I've said for many years that Canadian fans absolutely, positively deserve to have their own Cup race . . . after helping fill the stands at Michigan, NH, the Glen and Daytona for years.

Ken (NJ)

Josh (slc) - let's put our money together and start building a short track in Northern VA to replace the Old Dominion Track. Ed, you want in on this investment?

Ed Hinton
  (2:58 PM)

They've got two active short tracks in Virginia. No chance of a third, due to market issues.

Steve (St. Anthony, MN )

What's the deal with Matt Kenseth? Another crew chief! Will Roush ever get rid of him?

Ed Hinton
  (2:59 PM)

I think the issues are more Roush-wide this year, but I am curious why Matt keeps changing crew chiefs. And I do think it's his call, not Jack's.

Mike (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Bristol has more seating capacity than some cookie cutter tracks. So it's possible....

Ed Hinton
  (3:00 PM)

Hey, i wasn't the one who built the cookie cutters.

EB (Texas)

I think it's a bit of a stretch to say that Keselowski doesn't "respect the vets", don't you? The main people who have said anything about his lack of respect are Edwards (debuted in 2004) and Hamlin (2005). Why haven't we heard a bunch of the real veterans of the sport speaking out against him? Or why hasn't Burton or Gordon or Smoke stuck him in the wall by now, since you seem convinced that he more than deserves everything he gets?

Ed Hinton
  (3:01 PM)

continuing to give equal time to the K side. And with that, folks, the clock says it's time to go. Thanks to all for stopping by.