What's up my KC Masterpiece covered brothers and sisters and welcome back to the Monday motorsports block party!
It was an interesting day at the Kansas Speedway and a really interesting day in the points standings, so let's get to the queries!
Isn't it a slap in the face to us RCR fans for Childress to fire Boywer, supposedly over lack of $$$ and turn right around and put Dillon in an RCR car the same week?
I don't think I would take it as a slap in the face. I think that what neither side is saying publicly is that there was a pretty significant chasm between RCR and Bowyer when it came to salary. In the end, that's what did the deal in. I was a little surprised that Bowyer took the shot at RC that he did in the Friday announcement press conference.
Austin is going into an RCR Cup car one day. Might as well go on and get him some laps.
What is up with Kyle busch so far? At Dover and at Kansas he has slipped back at the end of the race. Seems like Dave Rodgers isn't making the right adjustments at all
It's not a Dave Rodgers thing or an 18 thing or a Kyle Busch thing. It's a Joe Gibbs Racing thing. All three JGR cars have been brutally bad during the Chase.
Also, assuming Ragan can a nab a win or two before the season ends (which is certainly possible considering his past runs at Texas, Dega, and Charlotte), would it be enough to convince a potential sponsor to join the 6 team?
Maybe. Winning certainly helps. It helped David earlier this year. People at RFR tell me they really want to make the 6 deal work.
How come the first thing Jr. talks about after races is fantasy league football? Is that .Jr's way of showing frustration or is he a sarcastic jerk? thanks
He's just trying to be funny. And he is a giant NFL fan. I've been getting comments from fans over the last few weeks questioning his concenration level because they've heard him asking for Redskins scores during races. He's been doing that forever. His Dad used to asked for Braves scores and that never bothered anyone.
Whats the real deal whyd reed get canned?
I think in the end the run-ins he's had within the team did him in. But to me that's still no excuse to cut a guy who is running 3rd in points.
Ryan, do you think 2011 is the "last hurrah" from the 40 year olds, Gordon and Stewart, and that they will never again be serious championship challengers?
Not a chance.
Hey R-Mac, what is the state of Snoke and his crew? Are they confident? Do they feel they are falling back too far? Thanks!
They're fine. Sure, they are bummed about Dover, but they expected to run poorly there. They don't expect to run badly at Kansas, so that was a bit of a shocker, but they are still in the thick of the Chase. Everyone ranked 8th or higher is still in it.
So i think the field is sweating now, the 48 led almost 200 laps of a 267 lap race. ON a 1.5 mile and wasnt touched now they head to charlotte where he has won 6 times......maybe some shaking boots from the 99 and 29?
Totally. A perfect score in NASCAR's Driver Rating system is 150 and Jimmie scored a 149.2! But shaking boots might be a little strong. I thought what the 29 and 99 did, taking terrible days and turning them into top 6 finishes, was pretty impressive too.
And don't forget, Roush Fenway has made its living on 1.5-mile ovals for a couple of decades now. And Harvick won at Charlotte in May.
Ryan, do you think in order to create better on track racing, NASCAR should mandate that all tire changes must be 4 tires (no RT side only)?
Nah. As long as the tires are as bulletproof as they are and don't fall off at all, then that wouldn't help. Besides, mandated stuff on pit stops feels too gimmicky Saturday night short track to me.
So are you going to eat some crow for saying Brad was on this ice last week?
Not really. He was and still is. I think just simply because of lack of Chase experience he has a thinner margin of error than anyone else in that lead pack, with the exception of maybe Kyle Busch just because he's at the tail end of that group. But don't mistake my saying that for me saying he can't do it. He can totally do it. It's just that his net is a little flimsier than all these former champs he racing against.
Would NASCAR consider shortening the races and the season? I have a feeling that the TV ratings slump is going to be a continuing trend. The younger generation especially doesn't have the attention span for a 3-4 hour race 36 weeks out of the year.
I've said for years that they need to shorten the races. I wrote a column a couple of years ago on the subject and it made a lot of people mad. But the magic of the number 500 isn't what it once was. If a track wants to keep that number in a race title, do like Phoenix and make it 500 kilometers. With the exception of Daytona, Darlington, and Charlotte everything else should be 400 miles/laps or less.
What do you think about the 29 and the 99's rally for good finishes yesterday at Kansas?
HUGE. Statements that they are for real as title contenders.
Kasey Kahne might not officially be JJ's teammate yet, but he sure did a great job of sealing the win for the 48 with that terrible restart. Very disappointing not to see ole blue eyes put up any type of fight for the win.
I wouldn't say he didn't put up a fight! The car just wasn't there anymore. I give Ole Blue Eyes a lot of credit. He keeps pushing that 4 car to the front, even though it's a second-tier ride with an apparently dying race team. It would be such a great story if he could win one for those Red Bull guys who have spent all season wondering whether or not they'll have a job after Homestead.
Jimmie had 2 "not great" weeks in Chicago and New H. Then, he runs 2nd at Dover and wins Kansas. Media says he is back and going to win the title. Stewart WINS the first 2 races and has 1 bad week at Dover, a really good race at Kansas (Minus the bone head call from DG) and they say he is done. It's a bit frustrating. Your thoughts on Stewart ?
I think it's just a product of the condensed, intense schedule of the Chase. I always say that it is a lot like the NFL now. If a team wins Week 1 then all their fans and media say they are going to the Super Bowl. If they lose Week 1 then those same fans and writers are ready to jump off a bridge. Me? I try not to get too carried away until after Talladega. Then we really know what we have as hit the homestretch.
What races do you think that Danica Patrick will Race ib the Sprint Cup Series in 2012?
I think she'll attempt the Daytona 500 (which I also think is a mistake). We'll likely know for sure when we get to Phoenix. That's where I'm expecting to hear an announcement about Danica's specific '12 plans.
I have an idea to spice things up, why not eliminate so much practice! It seems like these guys have 6 hours of practice a weekend! I say give them an hour to setup for qualifying, happy hour after qualifying and then hit the track for the race! It would be more exciting to see guys have to work on their cars during race runs and might mix things up during the race, how exciting would it be to see Jr or Kyle have a bad run and work their way back up to win?!?!?!?
It used to be worse. Fridays and Saturdays used to be guaranteed two-session practice fests. I have no problem limiting practice. Anymore, however these guys unload on Friday is how they run on Sunday. And I think it would be the key to shortening race weekends. More and more, Fridays feel like a waste of time. Qualifying hasn't really mattered in years and the crowds have reflected that.
I love the car (good riddance, cereal wagon) and I like how he's the big fish on a team now, but does Clint have a snowball's chance to win or make the Chase in 2012 with MWR?
Not next year. He has an outside shot at the Chase. But truthfully MWR is still a couple of years away.
Does Gordon have any chance?
Nope. Hate it, but it's true. I think Dale Jr, Gordon, Newman, and Hamlin are done. Earnhardt and Gordon could conceivably get back into it at Talladega, where they are both very good and the leaders could get into trouble. But it'll take something pretty crazy like that.
If qual doesn't matter how come all the drivers moan about track position and clean air up front?
Well, it does in that sense. But going back to a decade ago, prior to the top 35 rule, when everyone threw their best stuff at winning the pole every Friday practice, there's definitely not the excitement there used to be.
I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but really, a debris caution right as teams were on the edge of their fuel window, when JJ is stinking up the show? Thank goodness Cassil spun to make it a moot point.
Yeah, but if that's the case then why haven't there been debris cautions at all of these other fuel mileage races? It would have only taken one each week to reset the field and give us a "regular race". And yet, with all the teams and fans screaming about it, it never happened.
Ed Hinton just said on NASCAR Now that he is going to explain why BK is JJ's top competition. Would love to see you debate with him live on TV with that one!
And I would love to do that! Nice reminder by the way...NASCAR Now Monday Roundtable Edition just hit the air on ESPN2. If you're near a TV, turn it on! If you have to leave me to go watch, I guess I can't complain about that because I have it on too.
Can I please get you to send a link to the clip from the movie Ali, where Will Smith Shouts "The Champ is HERE!", or at least a link to the Jaws theme? I enjoyed when you did that last year when JJ started ripping off Top 5's.
Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjkoBMS3bmM
Are you as shocked as me at the 24's drop off in the Chase? I considered them a championship favorite going in.
Well, it kind of sums up season. You think about all the races when he was the best car on the track and yet didn't win. On Sunday he was easily a top five car, maybe better, and blew up.
Who will crew chief Kahne next year?
Can we not worry about Danica so much, she will run three seasons at best and realize she can't run with the big dogs...she will then have to make the switch to the trucks with the rest of the has beens...
Yeah, don't hold your breath on that one.
Ryan, I know you cover college football from time to time, so out of the top five from the AP Poll. What college football team remind you of Jimmie Johnson?
How about his favorite team, Oklahoma. All they do is make a BCS bowl year-in and year-out, even when everyone writes them off. Of course, the difference between the 48 and OU is that the 48 always wins the title.
How can a trucks driver like Austin Dillon outrun an ex F-1/Cup driver like scooty speed? Thanks.
Equipment and crew.
Back to Vernies thought...how about points for qualifying??? Might make it exciting again
I have said for a long time that I wouldn't mind seeing a bonus for winning the pole. They do it in other series. But NASCAR has always maintained that they want to reward points based on what happens in the actual main event, not qualifying.
Didn't I heard that Alan Gustafson bringing the same car Jeff won from Atlanta to Charlotte?
Do you think Hendrick has done more harm to NASCAR than any good he might have done?
Not really. I'm not a big fan of dynasties, I'm on the record saying that plenty. I think they can be dull. But he's operated within the rules that were set forth. If NASCAR wanted to stiffle him, they could do it. And I don't think Hendrick has done any more "damage" than Roush or Gibbs or Childress or any of the so-called superteams. The business model is what it is. And there have always been a handful of teams that dominate the sports, going back to Petty Enterprises and Carl Kiekhaefer in the 1950's.
How long before JJ catches Sr on the all time wins list?
A while. Senior has 76 and Jimmie just hit 55. He's averaged a little over 5 a year during his career, though he "only" has 2 this year. At that rate...2015? 2016?
Makes you really appreciate those older guys doesn't it? You think about all the crazy success that Johnson has had over the last 11 seasons and he's just now caught up with Rusty Wallace in wins. And he still trails Gordon by 30!
Hey Ryan, why does NASCAR allow all the wedge, round etc. in race adjustements? wouldn't the racing be better if only fuel and tires were allowed during stops and no adjustments?
And it would also be boring.
Austin Dillion, in his first cup race, finished ahead of Logano. Shows how far JGR has dropped.
Yep. And it also shows you that Austin is legit. Started 26th, finished 26th, stayed out of trouble, and also seemed to overcome the one factor that most young guys say surprises them about their first Cup races - how tired they get running the longest race of their career. The longest race he's run in Trucks this year was what, 250 miles?
How many official wins does Petty Enterprises have? Didn't some of the Kings wins come when he was driving for Mike Curb? Will Mr. H become the all-time winningest team?
Petty Enterprises has 268. They own all but 3 of The King's wins, but also all of Lee Petty's wins and a handful from some other guys (Bobby Hamilton, John Andretti, etc). If you add in Petty wins as part of Gillett-Evernham and the current Richard Petty Motorsports that goes up to 286.
Hendrick is now at 199, which is second. Roush Fenway has 124, RCR 99, and the Wood Brothers are at 98.
Who are your top five this weekend and who is your darkhorse?
Give me 48, 99, 17, 24 and 18. And for darkhorses give me the 4 and the 1.
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