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October 18, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Ed Hinton

Buzzmaster
  (1:29 PM)

Ed is here!

Ed Hinton
  (1:30 PM)

Good afternoon all. Thanks for stopping by. This week, I'm at the headquarters in Bristol.

Courtney A. (California)

What do you think of Kasey Kahne's actions after the mid-race crash?

Ed Hinton
  (1:31 PM)

Let me put it this way. Kasey Kahne does not quit on anybody. He pulls his weight. I don't think he should be criticized the way he was.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

So would an elimination style chase really change anything? It seems like at this point every year there are only about 3 teams left who can win the championship.

Ed Hinton
  (1:31 PM)

Well, you're right. It certainly looks that way. But remember in 2006, Jimmie Johnson looked way out of it at this point and came storming back.

Joanne (Henderson, NV)

Hi Ed, why was Rowdy being so hard on himself by accepting all the blame for losing the race and finishing a disappointing 2nd?

Ed Hinton
  (1:32 PM)

I think Rowdy was being very tongue in cheek. Yes, it impressed me that he was hard on himself, but he was really spitting nails on the inside about his team.

Rob F (Hoboken, NJ)

How about we go back to the old points system? the 48 team hasn't out-pointed the field under that proven scenario. NASCAR should've never fixed what wasn't broken.

Ed Hinton
  (1:33 PM)

I don't agree at all that Jimmie couldn't have won under the old system. The strategy with the Chase, you run one way. If you're running with the old style, you have another strategy. Just because he's been good at the Chase doesn't mean he wouldn't have been good with the old style.

roscoe (cali)

You have been around nascar for a long time. Which other driver have you seen that would have an issue early and then come back for a good finish ala the 48 this past weekend? Thanks.

Ed Hinton
  (1:34 PM)

Two that stand out in my mind. Earnhardt could do that, but most of all Yarborough was the best at that. He could be 2-3 laps behind and come back and win a race.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

How big of a percentage do you think Dale Juniors lack of sucess the past 3 years is contributing to NASCARs sagging ratings and attendance? More of a factor than the 48s dominance?

Ed Hinton
  (1:35 PM)

Yeah, I would say it's more of a factor. How much of a percentage, I don't know. It's partially responsible for the sagging ratings and has contributed quite a bit.

JoeB (Ont)

Hi ED any news on what's happening at RPM with KK if he's in the #9 this weekend?

Ed Hinton
  (1:36 PM)

No, I haven't.

Cale (Boston)

The best news out of Daytona all week has been the announcement of an American series for DTM cars. How long until they give domestic manufacturers a shot at building those monsters?

Ed Hinton
  (1:37 PM)

I'm just not sure that NASCAR is going in that direction with the domestic makes. I think they want to keep their eggs in the basket.

Kevin (Tyler, TX)

How does Jimmie take his car from 27th to 3rd finish while Dale Jr in an identical car goes from 9th start to 29th finish?

Ed Hinton
  (1:37 PM)

Simple. Jimmie's just a better driver.

cavedog (tx)

Denny should send flowers to Kyle for not letting JJ get by in the last 10 laps or so. Do you think Kyle would have left Denny by if it was him instead of JJ? Your thoughts. Thank you

Ed Hinton
  (1:38 PM)

I think Kyle would have raced for the position, regardless. And I think Gibbs would have expected him to, as long as they didn't wreck each other.

Thomas (Orlando)

Since the Kahne RPM days are clearly over why doesn't he drive the #83 for the last 5 races?

Ed Hinton
  (1:39 PM)

It probably has to do with the way the contract is set up. I don't think either team was quite prepared for the friction that's going on right now.

Matt (ATL)

Ed - As a Kevin Harvick fan it is frustrating to see him continue to post Top 10 finishes in the Chase, but continue to lose ground to JJ and Hamlin. Minus Dover, he has been solid thus far. Do you think Harvick's poor qualifying is hurting his chances this year? He seems to qualify in the middle of the pack each week and work his way to the Top 10 each race. With Talladega and Phoenix coming up can he gain ground on the leaders?

Ed Hinton
  (1:41 PM)

Not only do I think it's been hurting him, but Bowyer said that the 33 team is going to help the 29 team on qualifying because it is so important to the 29 team.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

How come when everyone talks about Junior fading late in races its because he can't drive but when Gordon fades its pretty much blamed on Letarte? Double standard?

Ed Hinton
  (1:41 PM)

I don't think that people blame everybody else when Gordon fades. I think Gordon's as much a problem for him as Junior is for his problem.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

Maybe the 48 and 88 cars arent exactly identical Ed, plus one has a extremely better crew chief and it aint the 88!

cavedog (tx)

Mark Martin is a sly fox...too bad he wasn't up there with JJ or Denny would have been in a world of hurt trying to get by. His blocking of Denny in one of the restarts was done with text book precision. Who knows maybe Denny has a chance. Not that JJ need s any help but

Ed Hinton
  (1:43 PM)

I don't think Mark would ever block anyone. Within the limits of standard procedure, he might have done something. But he wouldn't have gone out of his way. Mark just doesn't do that.

Bart (East Bay, CA)

Do you think that Rowdy can overcome his devasating loss Sat. night to win a few of the final races?

Ed Hinton
  (1:44 PM)

I sure do. He was as strong on Saturday night as any non-Chaser I've ever seen. I don't see him letting up just because Jamie had a stronger car in the end.

Fred (MD)

Does JJ have a horseshoe in his pocket? How do you spin out as much as he does and not hit anyting or get hit?

Ed Hinton
  (1:45 PM)

He's got a lot of tremendous skill in that uniform and that's what did it for him. His hands and feel and hand-eye coordination. He told us that he was proud of himself for not getting into anything. That took a lot of work.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

You guys gonna have Brian Vickers on Nascar Now again anytime soon? Is he still on track for a full comeback next season?

Ed Hinton
  (1:45 PM)

The latest I understand, from what his doctors have said, yes, he's on track for a full comeback next year.

Joe (WV)

What is Jamie Mac's contract status for next year?

Ed Hinton
  (1:46 PM)

I think it's good to go. But the latest I heard was that he wasn't worried about it right now. I think he'll be OK, but he's not thinking about it.

Joanne (Henderson, NV)

Why do you think Rowdy is so much better than every other driver on the restarts?

Ed Hinton
  (1:47 PM)

He's just perfected it. He has great car control. People don't realize that restarts are a part of car control. He has perfected a way of watching that car that's better than anyone else.

Matthew (Columbia, NJ)

Hey Ed, how much did Bristol track president Jeff Byrd mean to nascar? Condolences go out to his family on his passing.

Ed Hinton
  (1:48 PM)

When I came into NASCAR in 1974, I think it's safe to say that Jeff Byrd was the most popular executive in NASCAR. He made it one big party. He made NASCAR fun. He made everyone feel welcome. He unified the factions of NASCAR. He did a great job at Bristol, but what he did before that with Winston that had the lasting effect on NASCAR.

RGM fan (USA)

Could Robby Gordon Motorsports be in real trouble when Kevin Conway inevitably surrenders the teams spot in the top-35 to Gilliland in the 38?

Ed Hinton
  (1:49 PM)

Yes. Robby certainly isn't rolling and to lose a top 35 spot is very bad for him. I don't know if it will be critical for the team, but it will certainly hurt.

Quinn (Atlanta)

How can Nascar throw all those debris cautions in the Nationwide race Friday night, then when Danica is in position to get the lucky dog she gets nothing, but they screw up the race by throwing a yellow with 50 to go for Brian freakin' Scott to get 1 of his 3 laps back (and he still wrecked out of the race, I might add), costing Kyle and Harvick a shot at the win in the process?

Ed Hinton
  (1:51 PM)

I think you read way too much into these cautions. I don't think anyone was doing Scott any favors or trying to hurt the other guys. The throwing of cautions isn't nearly as calculated as some would make it out to be.

Todd (Ga)

Hey Ed. Not a very big Jimmie fan more like a very frustrated Dale Jr. fan. However, what JJ and Chad accomplished Sat. night was very impressive. No question just an observation.

Ed Hinton
  (1:52 PM)

Absolutely. It's good to see Dale Jr. fans that are objective enough to see that. I would like more NASCAR fans see how JJ has been running. It's been historic how they've been going these last few years.

TJ (Dallas)

Do you think Scotty Speed's last 3 finishes 19th, 24th and 19th are enough to prove that Scotty has a long term future in Sprint Cup?

Ed Hinton
  (1:52 PM)

Not just those three, no. I don't think that goes along with guaranteeing his future.

Chris N. (Crestview, FL)

So if you listen to the 88 teams digital channel (which Junior can't hear) during the race they pretty much make fun of him and belittle him all the time, is this team in shambles or what? How can they get better if they don't believe in each other?

Ed Hinton
  (1:54 PM)

Dale Jr.'s radio conversations have been so tempermental over the years, you can't tell when those guys are kidding, are mad or are just ribbing each other. Those conversations are so volatile, I don't think you can read anything into it.

Ed Hinton
  (1:54 PM)

Thanks again for stopping by. See you next time.