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October 24, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ryan McGee

Ryan McGee
  (2:02 PM)

What's up my Talladega campfire smoke marinated brothers and sisters and welcome back to the worldwide Interweb's biggest and baddest one-hour motorsports block party. Grab a drafting partner and let's go!

Greg (South Bend, IN.)

Hey Ryan, great job yesterday morning on Nascar Now. During one of the cautions, the in car showed I believe Carl, drinking from a water bottle and then chucking it out the window. Can he do that? Didn't somebody get caught a couple of years ago throwing out a spring rubber to create a debris caution?

Ryan McGee
  (2:03 PM)

Thanks! We had a good time on the show this weekend. I don't usually get to do it with Marty. That boy ain't right, but I love him.

Ryan McGee
  (2:04 PM)

What Carl did isn't unusual. But if you ever see it, it will be under caution and they will pull over near the grass and toss it there. Happens all the time. But yes, if he did that under green it would be a giant no-no.

Rita Jean (California)

Good morning. Prior to Talladega, we often hear "throw out the notes" when it comes to draft racing, but we are now going back to Martinsville. Is the field a bit more steady on this track. Dare I say, predictable?

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

I wouldn't say predictable. Martinsville is such chaos that all the drivers have referred to it as the "other" Chase wild card track. And this year you can add Phoenix to that because of the repace. The bad news for Edwards and Kenseth is that their career numbers there are not good. Harvick's aren't great, but they are better than the other two and he did win there in April.

mike (Maui)

Trevor Bayne's word means nothing = he is nothing! how can you support team/manufacturer orders? it undermines the real competition of racing!

Ryan McGee
  (2:07 PM)

I've been waiting on one of these comments. I've been debating this with radio hosts and on Twitter all morning...

Ryan McGee
  (2:09 PM)

There's a lot going on here. 1. Yes, Bayne may have been under "team orders" but radios don't turn steering wheels, drivers do. He made the decision to make the moves he made, whether he regrets them or not.

Ryan McGee
  (2:10 PM)

2. Everyone out there was under some sort of "team orders" all day. Whether it was a two-car team or Hendrick saying they would run in their two two-car drafts, or the Ford guys all agreeing to work together. All of that was done well in advance of this weekend.

Ryan McGee
  (2:12 PM)

3. I am totally shocked at the recation to all this. It's the LAST LAP AT TALLADEGA!!! It's not a time for trust falls, friendship bracelets, or keeping promises. It's always been that way and it will always be that way.

Roscoe (Chino, CA)

Since the cheerleader experiment didn't work for Jr and 5 time's run is over, do you think we will finally see Mr. H pulling the trigger and making Chad crew chief on #88?

Ryan McGee
  (2:14 PM)

Ugh. Dude, he's in the Chase. He's going to be at the banquet in Vegas. He's WAY ahead of last year. And the moment Chad Knaus become's Dale Junior's crew chief is the day that Joan Rivers becomes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jordan (Lubbock, Texas)

Is the "Bayne abandoned Gordon" story a big deal? Gordon fans seem to be in as big of an uproar as Sooner fans (how bout my Red Raiders!?), and I'd be totally miffed if I was Gordon, but Trevor's decision is at the same time pretty understandable.

Ryan McGee
  (2:16 PM)

Yes, I think it is a bigger deal because it happened to Gordon. If it had been the other way around, no one would be saying anything except Bayne's fans. There were plenty of guys who abandoned other guys on the last lap. Some were intentional and some weren't. But I think Bayne made all this much worse on himself and his fans with his passive-aggressive Tweets after the race. Kid, you did it. Own it. This isn't show friends, this is show business.

Will (San Dimas, Ca)

why does NASCAR always stack the deck against Jr with rules like tandem racing , cot, road courses that snakebite Jr with things he doesn't like?

Ryan McGee
  (2:18 PM)

This is what blows the hole in every NASCAR conspiracy theory ever. If they were really running everything from behind closed doors and from black helicopters hovering over the track, don't you think they would help their most popular star?!

Ryan McGee
  (2:18 PM)

This is what blows the hole in every NASCAR conspiracy theory ever. If they were really running everything from behind closed doors and from black helicopters hovering over the track, don't you think they would help their most popular star?!

Scott (DC)

Since Dega was Jr's last chance to win this year do you think the 88 team will start working on Daytona now?

Ryan McGee
  (2:22 PM)

Why was that his last chance? He's won at Texas, won at Phoenix twice, and finished 2nd at Martinsville in May.

Evelyn (Kentucky)

Why would Bayne have ever even considered helping Roush and Ford's biggest enemies Henrick, Gordon and Chevy?

Ryan McGee
  (2:23 PM)

Exactly. And Kenseth is racing those Hendrick cars for a title. No one else in a Ford was helping a Chevy. It had been that way all day. There were stories written about it on Friday.

Jeff Gordon's shop Intercom (N.C. )

Paging Ray Rvernham....paging Ray Rvernham....where are you ?

Ryan McGee
  (2:24 PM)

Hahaha! I saw Ray on the grid just prior to the race working his new job with Hendrick's autmotive branch. He's pretty happy doing what he's doing. And even the legend couldn't kept the Kansas engine from blowing or Mark Martin from wrecking yesterday.

Ron (OH)

Bayne had no choice. He had to do what he did. The people signing his paycheck forced his move. Why should he own it?

Ryan McGee
  (2:25 PM)

Because he turned the steering wheel!!

Lonnie (Mich)

Do you think Jack Roush might "strong arm" Bayne out of the Ford camp for his disloyalty?

Ryan McGee
  (2:26 PM)

No. And though the Tweet was ill-advised, he did help the team and not the enemy. In the end, that's loyalty.

Daryl (Iowa)

Do you cringe at some of the questions you get sent? The thinking (or lack there of) behind some of them is laugh out loud funny.

Ryan McGee
  (2:27 PM)

I love me some good back-and-forth and it does get a little crazy, but I greatly appreciate the passion behind it all. (You should the ones that don't get posted...yeesh.)

Sonya (wisconsin)

Ryan-I heard a race car driver say last night that trevor would be without a ride if he din't dump jeff.Agree/disagree?

Ryan McGee
  (2:28 PM)

Maybe. But I think he's done too much for Ford, Roush, Motorcraft, and the Wood Brothers to lose the gig over one lap of racing.

Dee (Vegas)

What's the bigger story: (1) RCR's 100th with Chevy 100 anniversary on the car or (2) that Bowyer won it for his boss? In VL, it sounded like Childress wants to get Clint back in the fold in a couple years.

Ryan McGee
  (2:29 PM)

It was a huge deal. And the one downfall of all this debate about Bayne-Gordon and loyalty has overshadowed a truly amazing moment for Richard Childress. I don't know if people understand how dirt poor the man was when we started racing. To win 100 Cup races is truly amazing.

Ryan McGee
  (2:31 PM)

As for the possibility of Clint coming back, Sunday was a great moment and everyone was all smiles during the post-race, but that knot was cut, not untied.

Jack (Brooklyn, NY)

Hey Ryan, did you notice how Regan Smith's crash yesterday was almost identical to Dale Sr's accident? Really goes to show just how well the safety innovations on these cars and the SAFER barriers work.

Ryan McGee
  (2:32 PM)

Not only did I notice, it made me sick to my stomach when it happened. Especially with the brutal week we'd had in the sport with three fatalities, including one just that morning. Jimmie's crash at Charlotte was also similar when you look at the speed and the angle. The media center fell totally silent until someone shouted, "He's talking on the radio, he's okay."

Ryan McGee
  (2:33 PM)

I texted with Regan last night as we were getting ready to do NASCAR Now and he said there's no question in his mind that the HANS and the SAFER barrier saved his life. He's sore today, but okay.

Riley (Mo.)

If Bayne believes so strongly that he was "arm twisted" out of helping Gordon then how come he removed his own tweet?

Ryan McGee
  (2:35 PM)

He should've never posted it. I'm sure it didn't take long for someone to let him know that. Like his agent, sponsor, employer, parents, and all the fans who fired on him as soon as he hit "send".

Vern (NJ)

Why are Carl, BK, and Harvick cutting down their minor league scheduals and Kyle is adding more to his by running NW with JGR and KBM in addition to the trucks.

Ryan McGee
  (2:36 PM)

Because he's a team owner and trying to build Kyle Busch Motorsports. Those other guys, including Harvick as of the end of this season, are just moonlighters.

Jack (NY)

Ryan McGee you suck please find another job loser

Ryan McGee
  (2:36 PM)

Thanks for stopping by.

Matt (Charlotte)

Ryan, any idea what happened with the 48/88 at the end yesterday?

Ryan McGee
  (2:37 PM)

Jimmie told me that they just separated in the madness. The 88 fans don't see it that way. They have openly and frequently told me so.

Brandon Butler (Hornell, NY)

With stars like Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, do you think that having people like them coming from other forms of motorsport is a good thing for NASCAR, or bad? In all seriousness....

Ryan McGee
  (2:40 PM)

I really do. It brings in at least a portion of a different kind of audience. There's no doubt that NASCAR has lost ground with the younger fan base to extreme sports, especially as the X Games have become so much more motorized. Pastrana has a giant cult following. Can't hurt to get some of that watching on Saturdays and Sundays. But he has to perform. We've seen that with Danica. Just her arrival brought in a huge surge of new fans, particularly girls. Now she's in the "have to perform" phase or she'll lose them.

Craig (Pittsburgh)

In your opinion, what is the biggest thing nascar can do to bring it back to where it was 5 years ago?

Ryan McGee
  (2:41 PM)

I think it needs a resurgence of young drivers, which is happening. It needs the return of distinctive branding with the cars, bringing back Ford vs. Chevy in particular. That's also happening. And it wouldn't hurt for Dale Junior to win a little bit.

Ryan McGee
  (2:42 PM)

All that being said, I do think we're closer now than we were say, 2 years ago.


Why so little love for Matt Kenseth? He is having a great year, but you hear or read very little about him. And what happened to him on the last restartat Talladega, he was 9th and ended 18th. Where were the other ford cars to help him?

Ryan McGee
  (2:45 PM)

I love him, but this is what he does, you know that! Mr. Stealth. He rode around in the top 10/top 5 all day on Sunday. I really thought he was going to sneak up there and contend for the win. As for what happened, he's another one that got caught up in the last lap shuffle. Perhaps that Bayne push isn't what all the Gordon fans thought it was...

Deuce (Indiana)

Just an observation, but the cup finish was somewhat similar to the Truck finish. The exception was Bowyer passed Burton. Both series had tandem RCR related vehicles and in each the 2 Chevys hooked up and pulled away. Sounds like RCR knows the key is horsepower with "new" plate racing.

Ryan McGee
  (2:46 PM)

They do. And it helped that everyone else went crazy behind them and allowed for some separation for the front two. By the way, how about my man Mike Wallace?!

Ron (OH)

So if ESPN tells a new reporter to write that Newman will win the championship and he later says it wasn't his opinion (which by not saying would ruin his reputation) that is not OK? He should own up to it that he typed those words?

Ryan McGee
  (2:49 PM)

He should own up to at least a share of the ownership, absolutely. At some point the words were typed. Just as the steering wheel was turned by the driver. I saw "A Few Good Men". They didn't just throw the general into prison, the soldiers went too.

dana (texas)

a couple of yrs ago dan wheldon was intrested in coming to nascar,what other current indy car drivers do you think could make it in nascar?

Ryan McGee
  (2:51 PM)

I think a lot of them could. People like to point to Dario Franchitti, but I know he could do it if given another chance. Anyone who was really paying attention that year knows he was put into an impossible situation. And then he got hurt.

Tyler (Minnesota)

Down goes Oklahoma and Wisconsin... Go Boise ST!

Ryan McGee
  (2:51 PM)

I believe. Unfortunately, the BCS computer does not.

Lance (Mooresville, NC)

Other than Kyle Busch Motorsports, who's hiring?

Ryan McGee
  (2:53 PM)

JTG Daugherty announced it is moving out of MWR and into its own shop, so they will be. Other than those two, not a lot. It's a little concerning. I was talking to some engine guys with Joe Gibbs Racing and they all look terrible. They haven't been sleeping because they have no idea what their job security is for next year.

Nicholas (Selma, CA)

Thoughts on F1 coming to New Jersey? AP says its a done deal.

Ryan McGee
  (2:54 PM)

I would love to see it. Unusual that F1 would go out of their way to say they didn't need to be in the United States, or even North America, and now they might have three races on the continent in one year.

Ryan McGee
  (2:55 PM)

I have learned to keep a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to new track/team/race announcements. I have a file full of press releases for dozens of those deals that never came to fruition.

Anthony (Charlotte, NC)

Next year, Hendrick needs to revisit the laying back strategy for as long as they do it. They weren't as far behind as Daytona in July, but late cautions pretty much killed them. They didn't have enough time to make moves under green. Lay back, but with 40 to go, get to the front and be ahead of the mess, if you ask me. Particularly if you run through the mess and have to stop to change tires anyway.

Ryan McGee
  (2:56 PM)

Yeah, that didn't work. At all. And the RCR guys kind of tweaked them about it after the race. Clint Bowyer said he tried that strategy one year and ended up in a wreck. "If the chances of wrecking are the same in the front or in the back, then I'd rather be up front."

Anthony (Charlotte, NC)

I don't believe the soldiers went to prison, McGee. They were dishonorably discharged.

Ryan McGee
  (2:58 PM)

Good point. But they did still have to pay a price. I seem to remember a dramatic, overwritten courtroom conversation just before the credits rolled. I'm sure it'll be on cable six times this week, so I'll have to go get a refresher!

Cornholio (NJ)

Can BK pull it off or is it between the 99 and 17?

Ryan McGee
  (2:59 PM)

I say the top 5 are still in it. Keselowski is the true wild card in the whole thing because we have little or no career #'s to base anything on. All I know is that everytime I write him off he proves me wrong. So I'm not doing that anymore.

Emily (NJ)

If F1 comes to New Jersey, no official "track" is needed. Just put the cars on the Garden State Parkway or the Turnpike and that will be a show in and of itself lol

Ryan McGee
  (3:00 PM)


Tom (Portland, OR)

If you were handicapping the drivers that still have a legitimate shot to win the championship, what odds would you give each driver?

Ryan McGee
  (3:01 PM)

I'll say Edwards 3-1, Kenseth 5-1, Harvick 6-1, Smoke and BK 8-1. I'd have Kyle and Jimmie at 40 and everyone else triple digits.

Mike (Maui)

So with your "he should own up" for what Bayne did/said mantra. shouldn't Jack Roush own up to strong arming Bayne over the radio? The priciple should be applied both ways!

Ryan McGee
  (3:03 PM)

Agree. There's shared blame. But in the end, the driver is driving the car. He's the one with his name and face on the t-shirts. He's going to take the fall one way or the other. He may have received orders, but he's a grown man. He's a Daytona 500 champion. Ultimately, it was his decision to do the deed. And I don't blame him or anyone else for doing what they though they had to do try to and finish as high as they could.

Ryan McGee
  (3:04 PM)

Again, it was the LAST LAP AT TALLADEGA! It's not a time for friendships or getting your feelings hurt. It's time to race.

Ryan McGee
  (3:05 PM)

Alright folks, gotta go. I need to fumigate the campfire smoke from my clothes. Until next time, hit me up on Twitter or via email, tip your wait staff, and enjoy the music of Level 42.