We've got Johnny!
Johnny, is there anyone not in the chase that surprises you?
No. I think everybody that's in the Chase are the people that I thought would be there. I think that everyone that needs to be in it is in it.
Do you like how the Chase redoes the points?
I think the point system has been that way for a little bit. Other than the little bit of points to guys that win, it works out the way it should be. If a guy wins 4 or 5 times during the season, he should be ahead of those that don't have any or just one.
How big is it for Junior to get into the Chase?
I think it's big, first of all for the sport. Big for Junior. And it's expected, with him being with Hendrick. It's big that he's in the Chase. The fans want to see that.
Hi JohnnyWhere do you think Clint Bowyer will end upi racing in 2012?
I don't know. I don't know what his options are. He has to figure out his options to figure out what he's doing. I don't know if he's staying with RCR. If he's not going to be with RCR, there should be someone out there that should be able to get him. It's tough to find the right team.
given the right situation, would you consider getting beind the wheel again?
Probably not of a Cup car. But the Truck Series or Nationwide, absolutely. I don't know if I would have the desire to go Cup racing that this time. There are a lot of good teams not running good. You don't know what you're getting into going up there.
Is Kurt in Jimmie's head or is Jimmie in Kurt's head?
I would dare say that nothing's going to bother Jimmie at this time. Based off of some of Kurt's actions, I would say that Kurt's having a harder time with this than Jimmie.
Do you think Junior can challenge for the title?
I'm sure I'll get in trouble by saying that I don't think he's going to, especially watching this weekend. There were a couple of times where they were a lap down. They're just not there with performance to be in the race. I wouldn't expect them to finish much above 7th.
You have raced in the Truck series before and been successful. What do you make of KHI closing their shop? Also how do you feel about the current state the series is in?
I think the state of the series is that they need more finances, for sure. With a little bit of help, it can be a tremendous serious. Kevin pulling out was probably just a dollar and cents thing with everything he has going on. He put such a big investment out that he's probably having a hard time recouping it.
Hey Johnny, Ryan Newman has been running very consitently over the past few weeks, including some good finishes on tracks that he normally struggles on. With the momentum he's gained, do you think he could be considered a Dark Horse contender for the chase?
They feel that he'll be just OK. He's got one win this year. He's been at an average of 13th or worse. That will be tough to come into a championship mode. Over the last 4-5 years, teams have been averaging a higher finish in winning the Cup.
Do we see a new champion this year?? If so who ya got?
That's a tough question, because some of the guys that you expect to win are still Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, etc. If I ahd to pick one against Jimmie, I would say right now that Jeff Gordon has a legit shot at going after him. It's coming from in house.
I don't expect Jr to win the title this year, but with the success he's had with Letarte, how much of a boost making the chase this year will be to win the title next year?
I think making the Chase this year is obviously a great thing for Letarte and Junior. If they can build on that and move forward and get rid of some of their quirks, it's possible. There is still a long ways to go for them to be a contender. It's a long way for them to be up against Johnson, Gordon, Edwards, etc.
Do you ever think we will see the day when Nascar parks someone for wrecking another driver? And does that change if the driver is in the chase?
Well, they have done that. It depends on the whole situation. We saw that happen in Atlanta when Carl put Brad up into the fence. At Richmond, they did park him, but they changed their mind. If it gets out of hand, sure, they need to say, you went too far and that was wrong.
im a big harvick fan what do u thinks his chances of winnin the chanpionship
I think Kevin's got a great chance. His average finish has to be a little bit better, but I think they're a team that's capable of being a serious threat for the championship. Sure.
Who's running the best right now?
I think right now, if you're looking at it, I think Jeff Gordon has been one of the top players. He's been running good. Running consistent. Kevin Harvick's had some luck a little while ago. Carl Edwards has been running good. But I think Jeff Gordon has been running the best right now.
Johnny, after a 4th and a 5th the past 2 weeks, Kurt Busch looks to be peaking once again, what are his chances, will Jimmie get in the way?
I think he's already had a hard enough time with the Jimmie thing. I think Kurt realistically will probably run 5-6, is my guess. They've been good. Their organization's been good. They have two cars in the Chase, that has to be a positive.
Just how much better is the new Ford engine?
I personally don't know. I know it's been able to run warmer than other engines without having a huge HP deficit. You can gain an aero advantage. They've done a good job. It seems to have worked well for them.
Thanks for the questions. All great questions going into the Chase. I hope everyone enjoys the Chase.