Sorry I'm a few minutes late. Had to reboot. Technology. Yuk. Anyway, fire away.
How do you think that Danica Patrick would do at Martinsville,Pocono, Darlington,& Talledega if she was in the Sprint Cup Series Full Time?
Wow. First in line for the umpteenth straight week. As for Patrick, She probably would struggle at Martinsville because it's like a road course when it comes to handling and she hates those. Dega she would do fine at. Darlington would take some adjusting to being so close to the wall. And she likely won't be fulltime in Cup untl 2013.
If you could eliminate 2 tracks and add 2 which would you choose?
Eliminate one Pocono and one Kansas. Not convinced it deserves two. I would add Iowa and The Rock, or maybe Montreal.
Has Pocono fixed the safety issues from last year and will they ever pave over some of the grass that often accelerates the cars going off the track?
From what I understand they have corrected the issues. As far as paving, that would be a lot of paving. Haven't heard of that.
Can you guys convince Danica to stay in IndyCar, she's obviously just doing as IMG and GoDaddy says and following the money, (even though its been her lifelong dream to win the Indy 500) but what they don't realize is that IndyCar is on the rise and Nascar is declining.
Not sure Danica is going to listen to me, and I don't believe IndyCar will catch and pass NASCAR. I believe it's a good move to be honest.
Do Nascar fans realize that Danica finished 10th on fuel strategy in a weak Nationwide field with about 15-20 competitive cars, she's just a midpack driver in Nascar.
Fuel mileage strategy is part of the game. And she has shown great improvement this year from last driving a part-time schedule. Who knows how much she'll improve driving fulltime.
Do you thank kyle bush is good for the sport? He's a very good driver but if things dont go kyle bush way get out of the way. Thanks
I do. Not only is he talented, he is a lightning rod for controversy that the sport thrives on. I disagree he's going to knock you out of his way if things don't go well. I think most drivers would agree with me.
Hi David, over the past few seasons I don't ever remember Ford or Toyota drivers complaining of the Hendricks having too much power but now that HMS is getting beat, suddenly Tony Stewart is whining about bringing a knife to a gun fight?
Actually, Tony recently told me the one thing he doesn't have to worry about when he gets to the track is the engine. The big advantage Ford has insn't horsepower. It's the cooling system that allows them to tape up more of the opening on the nose and create more downforce.
Hi David, I don't really understand why Childress was upset at Kyle. Haven't the leaders of our sport like Dale Sr and Kyle always taught the youngsters like Coulter, lessons about how to race in NASCAR?
Good point. But this goes deeper than one incident. Childress has been upset with Kyle for a long time apparently and it finally came to a head. Plus, he's tired of paying the bill to fix cars that Kyle dents.
Hi Newt, with #22 strong run at Kansas do you think Kurt is close to his first 2011 Cup win and do you think Addington has saved his job, at least for now?
I don't think Addington's job ever was in danger. What ailed the 22 was a Penske-wide problem and those issues are being addressed. Last week was a good sign.
What would Be the Absolute Worst Condition to Race In Other than Rain?
Snow. Heck, I don't know.
Hi David, on Sunday morning, did it seem to you that Kyle went out of his way to appear in public without sunglasses to prove that he had no black eye, bruises or cuts on his face?
If that's what you thought, good for him. I remember when we thought Stewart had a black eye after the Australia incident. Had to follow him around for quite a while to catch him without his sunglasses.
Has Kyle gotten into the heads of the people at RCR? It seemed pretty foolish for Childress to put a beat down on Kyle given the possible sanctions.
Hey, sometimes we all do foolish things. As for being in the heads of RCR drivers, I believe Kyle might have something to think about as well the next time he comes close to an RCR car. Don't think Childress would mind breaking his probation. Never heard him say he was sorry for the first incident.
What are the chances that JGR signs Edwards, Martin, Patrick or Boyer?
Edwards 35-65, Martin doubtful, Patrick not happening, Bowyer I believe will re-sign with RCR but would have to think JGR would liek to at least take a look at him of a sponsor is there.
Why is NASCAR so secret about some of the fines they hand out? It seems like they are trying to hide something.
In Newman's case, and I assume that is what you are talking about, the fine would be for something that happened inside the hauler and they don't discuss or acknowledge what happens there. To publicly fine Newman for hitting Montoya would be admitting he hit Montoya, and nobody has done that yet.
Who do you think will win the 5 Hour Energy 500 at Pocono?
With SHR in turmoil and lacking sponsors do you think Tony needs to focus on the team and give up all those distractions like the Prelude, F1 exhibition that are hurting performance?
Not at all. The more exposure he brings to himself he brings to the team. Sponsors like that. And I wouldn't call the situation there turmoil. They do have two drivers in the top 10 in points.
Do you think all these personal attacks on Kyle Busch have motivated Joe Gibbs Racing to rally around Kyle in a show of team force sort of like "all for one, one for all"?
JGR has always been behind Kyle, so I don't think anything has changed. I do believe he has something to prove and this only motivates him more.
Since Kyle already has 2 wins and bonus pts. do you think it would be a smart strategy for the #18 to go on cruise control until Richmond and only go for top 10's and stop all Nationwide and truck racing?
Not at all. Kyle thrives on driving in all the series. He would just be bored running one race a weekend.
Hi Newt, did Childress break the un-written code of Nascar owners never attacking another Nascar owner when he attacked Kyle?
Didn't look at it as though he was attacking an owner as much as he was attacking a driver.
Hey David, going to Olive Garden for lunch so thought I send this in early. Any update on the UPS sponsorship now that Kahne's Farmers deal is announced? Also, any ideas on RPM's plans for 2012, staying at 2 or looking at 3 w/someone like Stenhouse?
Roush is still hoping to keep UPS. It's just not sure it will be able to keep it with Ragan. I know RPM would like to expand, and so would Roush so he could sell more engines and chassis. But the goal first is to get the two cars they have Chase worthy.
hey david, i heard a rumor that UPS wanted carl edwards in 2012, Is that true?
I've heard that as well. It would make sense if Roush wants to keep that sponsorship to move it to the driver that can win for it.
Hey Tony will you try the starting from the back again ?Good Luck I think you Can do it !!
I think he can as well.
Why does everyone assume that Kyle Busch could have fought back and hurt Childress? People say it showed great restraint for him not to. I think if he fought back, Childress would have beat him worse.
Kyle hasn't shown he's a fighter. He did back a way from Harvick and didn't go after RC. You may be right.
there has been talk that national guard maybe wont be back as an 88 sponsor on jrs new contract.who are just some rumored replacement sponsors who have heard mentioned?
Haven't heard all the details on that one yet.
Is it time to get rid of splitter/car destroying grass infields?
Uh, no. What happened to Carl might have happened with the old bumper.
Hey Newt! Who ya got winning this week at Pocono? I have Hamlin winning, Gordon 2nd, Biffle 3rd, Johnson 4th, and Kyle Busch 5th. your thoughts?
I am going to Pocono. You're picks are all solid, with perhaps the exception of Kyle Busch. I might throw Stewart in there over him.
How about this for kimmi raikion in 2013 driving the #82 redbull car in the nascar sprint cup series. i think it could happen. what do you think buddy?
He's not on the primary list of replacements for Kasey Kahne or Brian Vickers, but he is on the radar. I'm just not sure Kimi knows what he wants to do yet.
With Bobby Hutchens out at Stewart-Haas, any chance he returns to RCR?
He still has a lot of friends there, but haven't heard anything yet. That was a curious move to say the least.
Dave, are you bidding on the gown worn by Jeff Gordon's wife to win for your wife?
Haven't thought about it, but sure my wife would look quite lovely in it.
Are you coming to Pocono this week, well stop in Johnstown for that pie I keep promising you!
I am coming to Pocono. Where is Johnstown? I am staying in Scranton.
Ok Newton. I have finally figured out how to ask this question. How do you make the racing at Pocono More exciting? Keep in mind, Pocono(Mattioli's) has a verbal agreement with NASCAR for years to come for 2 races at 500 miles, so shortening is OUT. Now, what do you propose? To me, revamp turn 3 or plate them a little. Drivers love the track, fans can't stand to watch it though.
How about we run the race in three segments, and reverse the field after the first. Heck, I don't know. The racing isn't that bad there. It's just waaaaaaaaaay tooooooooo long.
Newton, Gordon has struggled on the 1.5 milers this season, but had a great car last week at Kansas. Was this a sign of improvement or due to Gordon's great history at this racetrack?
He had struggled, but spent a lot of time over the past month working to improve that. He wasn't bad at Charlotte, either, although the results don't show it. I'd say he's turning the corner if not turned.
Thoughts on how Hambone has been moving up lately? Think he's gonna win Sunday?
This is one of his best tracks, if not his test.
What is your favorite pocono moment ever? from the last ten years?
Wow. The thing I remember more than anything is how fast the track dried after that scary storm last year. Think it was in less than an hour. Unbelievable.
When Dale Jr left the old 88 team (now the 5 team) everyone made a bid deal about how good of a cc that Lance Mcgrew is. Not saying he is not but, Mark Martin has not run well at all. Could it be that maybe Jr wasn't the problem with his old team?
I'd say it has more to do with chemistry between a crew chief and driver. Junior and McGrew never quite got there for whatever reason. He has that with Letarte at the moment. But I must remind you to look at the standings with McGrew. Junior was in or around the top 10 in points at this point one of both of the last two years.
The more I think about this wild card deal, the more I am thinking that those two road courses are going to play a factor. JG has got to have them circled. Then you have Montoya and Ambrose. Of those two, do you think either will be able to take advantage of those skills and sneak in the chase?
The road course definitely will be a factor if a driver like Ambrose or Montoya can win one or both. One win might get you in as a wild card the way things are looking.
Hello David, While on vacation last week I finally had the chance to see the Darlington Raceway Museum. That has to be the best bargain in NASCAR. Any fan should see it if they get the chance.
Agreed. Glad you enjoyed.
Hi David - do you think we'll keep seeing Ford dominate this week, even though it's a 2.5 miler, not 1.5?
I think you'll see it pretty spread out between manufacturers. Hamlin in a Toyota has done well there and so has JJ in a Chevy. It'll probably be a fuel mileage race when all is said and done.
Hey Newt, always enjoy your articles always a good read, but my question is this. as of right now what is your chase drivers? mine are 29,48,99,18,88,17,14,22,33, and 16. the 2 wild cards i have are 24 and the 2.
Can't find fault with any of your picks, but still too early too call. not convinced on the 16 of all those picks.
David, Who do you believe will be the first driver to be let go this year from a top notch ride due to poor performance? Half way to the chase, so teams are starting to make changes!
Let go. None during the season. But I think the pressure has to be on the drivers at MWR right now. Neither are performing up to expectations.
Hey Dave!! same question different week. Who is your top five this weekend? dark horse?
Hamlin, JJ, Gordon, Stewart and Earnhardt. Dark horse? Allmendinger.
wats up the 20 team man the suck thow do u go from one of thwe best teams at the end of last year to one of the worst this teams ,wat do u think needs to happen
Patience. They were strong at the end of last season, but some good runs have been spoiled by bad luck. Bad luck seems to breed more bad luck sometimes, but I think Joey will get it together soon.
I have been to Eldora 2 times for the Kings Royal show. Eldora is a nice place to visit. Im going to be watching tonight i got Bowyer. Who ya got tonight?
I was hoping to go tonight. Never been but hear it's a great venue. I'll go with the host tonight. He's won like three of six times there.
how is chris always first? lol
Think he posts questions on Monday.
Hamlin to get his first win this weekend? Who do you have for the Prelude?
Could be on Hamlin. Prelude I'm going with Smoke.
Do you think Sam Hornish will finish ahead of the #88 at Pocono Sunday?
Why does NASCAR discuss some fines (Childress, KyBu, Harvick) publicly, but won't publicly acknowledge other fines (Hamlin and Newman in 2010)?
Look at my answer earlier. And NASCAR isn't the only sport that has secret fines. I dealt with them all the time covering the NFL.
Childress confronted and punched Kyle knowing he could't and wouldn't fight back. Sounds like a little weasel. I could use some other words but you can't print them. Your thoughts?
I don't think Childress considered whether Kyle would fight back or not when he chose to attack. He was just fighting mad.
NASCAR is so much bigger than IndyCar and always will be in this country. That statement is weak.
I can't see IndyCar taking over the top spot in my lifetime.
Do you think RCR is wasting a good car having Burton in the #33, especially with all of his good, young drivers?
You mean 31? No I don't. Jeff still is one of the top 12 or so drivers in the garage.
Newt pocono is exciting for the final 50 laps. the rest is really boring. then theres michigan which is all boring. i say cut the pocono races to 150 laps. and eliminate a michigan race and add iowa speedway. your thoughts?
Forgot about Michigan. I suggested eliminating one of its races last year and it didn't go over well with the folks there. Like cutting Pocono by 150 laps, but the owners have no intention of doing that.
David, any big news rumbling around out their on the line that no one knows about; and you want to break for us right now?
Dale Jr. re-signing here soon is already out there. Danica likely will be at JR Motorsports in fulltime NW ride next year with part-time ride in SHR car in Cup, but that's pretty much been said. No, nothing big. Edwards could change that if he leaves Roush.
Hi Dave Pocono should be interesting drivers will have to shift again
It always is interesting if you can get over the long green-flag runs that make the middle like the start of an NBA pre-season game.
When do you think Danica will announced what series she will be racing in for 2012?
By the end of the summer, and it'll be NW with JR Motorsports unles something changes.
Usually when you have someone in a head lock, you end up punching them in the top of the head. My guess is that the top of KB's head is like concrete!
People have said he is hard headed.
What happened to "have at it boys"? Does that apply only to the drivers? The drivers can endanger and destroy equipment, but a little scuffle in the pits and NASCAR drops the ball. The owners and crew are part of the passion of this sport as well.
Have at it is for the track, not the garage or motorcoach lot. What Childress did went beyond the boundaries.
Can you explain what Coulter did wrong in the truck race? I watched it live and saw the replay and I saw good hard racing coming to the checker. These young guys have one day a weekend to prove themselves and should race hard. If guys like Kyle who sometime race 3 times a weekend don't like it than maybe they shouldn't race.
You'd have to ask Kyle for his interpretation, but i suspect that he was raced hard is why he sent the message he did.
With the Prelude tonight do we think there will be any "Have at Boys"
I hope so. No reason not to here.
National guard might not come back to junior next year; who might take their place? Another beer possibly?
Blue Moon? He could have a big orange on the hood. Serious, haven't heard a beer mentioned. Doubt Amp would like to mix with that as a sponsor.
the pass that coulter did on kyle was 100% clean. it was the last lap and lets not forget this is coulters series. kyle has the cup series. coulter has this series. kyle wasnt raceing for points while coulter was. your thoughts?
I pretty much agree.
Isn't punching a guy on probation like punching a guy with glasses????
Everyone wants to be a comic.
Regardless of how talented KB is, he will never win it all with all these enemies on the track. Someone will wreck him for sure!
Agree, and I think that is why he has worked so hard to improve his image over the past year. But there are some he always will rub the wrong way. Did I mention Harvick?
Do you think these so-called satelite teams like SHR, RPM and Daugherty as bound forever to finish behind the major teams?
I'd call SHR a major team now. RPM certainly could reach that status with the right drivers.
watching prelude to the dream tonight. Been there twice for the Kings Royal Race. I got Bowyer tonight. Who you got Dave?
Bowyer would like nothing more to win it. Good pick. Still going with host.
I think I know the answer, but why was Joe Gibbs in any way involved with what happened between KB and Childress. Seems to me it was two "owners" having a disagreement. Is it Gibbs just babysitting his driver?
Not babysitting, but helping out. He doesn't want this spilling over and impacting Kyle running for a Cup title.
With all this ford engine talk, Chevy's have 6 wins this year, ford has 4, toyota 2, dodge 1, i think the chevy's are just fine.
Hey David, When does Travis Pastrana start racing? Any idea if he is practicing and how he id doing?
He's got a few coming up next month, but not sure about entire schedule. It all hinges on sponsorship.
Why are fuel mileage wins now an issue with NASCAR fans? Fuel mileage wins have always occurred in every form of racing (IRL, F1, and NASCAR).
You're right, they've always been around. I love the drama they create honestly.
David, Do you ever think Steven Wallace will get a chance to go cup driving other then for his father? I just dont see that call coming
I tend to agree with you, but not for lack of talent but because it seems family members in the sport tend to stick with family members.
Childress attacking Kyle Busch was childish. He knew he could not fight back. What a weenie way to go about things
Everybody is entitled to their opinion.
Newton, How do we rev up the race at pocono without shortening it? The Mattioli's have a lock down with nascar over their 2 races. So, please help us out here.
Suggested running it in segments and reversing the field after first earlier on here. I'm wide open. What would you like to see?
Does RC get along with Joe Gibbs? Or will there be another "headlockgate?"
As far as I knows. I don't think they spend evenings at Childress' winery sipping a good pino, but they've never showed anything but respect for one another.
Dave I disagree with your Hamlin pick has never shifted at Pocono the 24,48, 14 5
I don't think shifting will make that big of a difference.
I don't think shifting will make that big of a difference.
ok who wins the cup this year? so far im going with the 29
Hard to pick against Jimmie Johnson, but I'll go with Kyle Busch.
Last week's race was the STP 400, yet we hardly hear any mention of the title sponsor of races these days, or the last several years for that matter. I wouldn't have know this week's race is the 5 Hour Energy 500 had it not just been mentioned earlier. Is it because of the TV deals? It seems without the sponsor plugs on TV, the company sponsoring the race isn't getting value for their sponsorship.
I have mixed views on this. I typically call the race the Sprint Cup race in Pocono or Darlington or Daytona. Long sponsor names tend to bog down the lede of the story. But the value is still there. It's always mentioned in ads and commercials.
where u see mark martin landing next year? thanks
Red Bull seems to make sense, maybe splitting time with Cole Whitt. But maybe Turner Motorsports will opt to run a Cup car.
Will Kenny Wallace ever get a chance to drive a cup again? He seems to be wheeling it this year in the O9!
You mean fulltime? I believe his time has passed. No offense.
They barely shift. Can we even call that shifting really?
Do you think the #29 team peaked way to early in the season and now only has distractions?
Not at all. If you ask that team they'll say they want and need to lead more laps to really be a contender.
David, what if Jr pulls off winning the Championship without winning a single race, what would NASCAR do? Suddenly the entire persona of winning is taken down a notch.
I don't think many would notice during the wild celebration. Seriously, the new points system _ wild card aside _ emphasizes consistency more than ever. Jr. has been consistent.
Can you see Lewis Hamilton coming to Nascar in the future? Thanks
David, have you ever seen Mr. H get really mad? He seems like a guy now at his age to go through the NASCAR president Mr. Helton to get thngs accomplished, your thoughts?
I personally haven't seen it, but we all get mad and I'm sure when Mr. H has had enough he makes his point _ albeit I don't see him using a headlock.
Can you see Dale Jr. going to F1 in the future. Thanks
You've started Happy Hour early, right?
What are the chances that Mark Martin ends up racing full-time for Roush in the NAtionwide Series next year? Mark can dirve the 60 and free up Carl to focus on cup, plus Mark would be a great teacher for Ricky and Trevor.
I would like to see Mark run one season in the 6 Cup car for Roush before retiring, but don't think that is in the cards.
Alton is from WV, happy hour starts after you brush your teeth in the morning!
That was too funny. Had to post before signing off. Have gone an extra three minutes to make up for the three I came in late. Gotta pack for Pocono now. Enjoy the Prelude and the weekend. Later.