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November 16, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Newton

David Newton
  (3:00 PM)

Made it to South Beach just in time for chat. Deserve a few kudos for chatting instead of tanning on the beach. But hey, we're here for racing and not suntans. Fire away.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who will be the 2011 Sprint Cup Series Champion if Both Tony Stewart & Carl Edwards did not finish the Ford 400 Due to either an Engine Failure or an Accident?

David Newton
  (3:01 PM)

If Edwards finishes ahead of Stewart regardless he wins. If both have failed engines and don't lead a lap then Stewart would need to be three spots ahead of Edwards. He wins tie-breaker based on wins.

jesse (iowa)

Newt if kahne was in the chase, how many points behind edwards would he be?

David Newton
  (3:02 PM)

Having figured it, but his average finish is 8.0 compared to 5.2 for Edwards. Kahne would have the benefit of bonus points for his wins, so he would be within striking distance depending on where he started the Chase.

Tyler (Greenfield, NY)

Newt, with this cheating scandal involving Jr.Motorsports. Danica and Tony Eury Jr. do you think GoDaddy will pull their sponsorship for 2 races especially, since the cheating was on their home track Phoenix?

David Newton
  (3:02 PM)

Nope.

18fan2hater (Md.)

Newt, were you impressed with how Rowdy handled the disappointment of the Phoenix engine issues?

David Newton
  (3:02 PM)

Not much he could say or do. He's handled disappointment well all year to be honest.

Ron (OH)

Since Tony Eury Jr. is suspended until March for the Phoenix cheating do you think Darien Grubb will be her crew chief?

David Newton
  (3:03 PM)

Don't think so. Think Darian has other plans.

Travis (Lewisville, TX)

NO Talladega in the announcement of Danica's 2012 Sprint cup schedule, bummer. hopefully it will be added later. do you have an idea what the other two races could be at this point ?

David Newton
  (3:03 PM)

She has two open spots. Don't rule Dega out. I know she'd like to run a road course and Charlotte, though.

Matt (Columbia, NJ)

David, What's more likely to happen to the 16 team this weekend? Top 5 or running 15th-25th like they have most of the year?

David Newton
  (3:04 PM)

Biff has been awfully good at Homestead. Of course, he's been good at other tracks where this snakebit season has bitten him, so hard to predict.

David (Delaware)

hey david could you get me a date with jennifer jo cobb

David Newton
  (3:04 PM)

I am not a dating service.

Mark (Dover)

Whos gonna win the cup tony or carl

David Newton
  (3:05 PM)

I'm going with Tony, but not overly confident in that pick. Too close to call.

MD (Sears)

Dave wut do u see kasey kahne winning next year in hms i see about 4 or 5 wins one at either daytona or dega how do u fell

David Newton
  (3:06 PM)

Remember, Joey Logano finished strong last year as well and he didn't do much this year. A strong finish doesn't guarantee anything. Having said that, I see him winning a few races and being in contention for a Chase spot. Not ready to call him a championship contender.

aquarius072 (missouri)

do you think Steve Addington is gone after Homestead and are there deeper issues in the Pennzoil camp? It seems like one week or two that team is on top of it's game than they hit a slump and don't recover for awhile

David Newton
  (3:06 PM)

Penske says he'd like to keep Steve. I'm not ruling anything out yet. Will know more on Friday.

Blake (Belmont)

Newt, with Toni Jr. and Danica getting busted for illegal parts at Phoenix do you think GoDaddy will pull the sponsorship for a few races like M&M's did? Thanks.

David Newton
  (3:07 PM)

I doubt it.

9Tbone8 (TX)

Do you think Rowdy and Dave are going with the TRD motor this weekend because of Kasey's success last weekend or because they have lost faith in the JGR motor dept?

David Newton
  (3:08 PM)

How many JGR motors have gone south this season? Exactly. Not hard to figure out, plus he might as well get used to the TRD engines. He'll be using them next year.

Todd (Ga.)

Do you think in 2012 we will see Kyle Busch have a quiet season like Carl's 2011, except running fewer Nationwide races?

David Newton
  (3:08 PM)

Quiet? Never. But I do think you'll see him running only about 20 or so NW races. And I expect him to make some noise in the standings.

Ron (Smithville)

What do you think Ron Hornaday will be running some races next year in a Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra?

David Newton
  (3:09 PM)

I doubt it. There was discussion, but Hornaday I'm told has a deal in place with another team.

Vinnie (ATL)

Do you think Harvick, Edwards, Brad will run fewer NW races in 2012 or none at all?

David Newton
  (3:09 PM)

Harvick about the same. Edwards a handful. Keselowski more than both.

Ryan (Ventura, Ca)

With the way the media and Kyle haters crucfied Rowdy do you think Rowdy will become much more guarded and limit his media exposure?

David Newton
  (3:10 PM)

If he wasn't guarded before this last incident then no. Just the opposite. He probably would like to get on the good side of the media. Not that he's on my bad side.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you think Mr. H will send Stevie or maybe McGrew over to SHR to be Danica's cup crew chief?

David Newton
  (3:11 PM)

Not what I'm hearing. I'm hearing from within SHR.

Roscoe (Chino, Ca.)

Do you think 2012 is the final season for Burton in the #31 before Dillon takes over that car in 2013?

David Newton
  (3:11 PM)

Nope. I believe Dillon will move up in the spot vacated by Bowyer.

Ron (Columbus, OH)

Do you think Dale and Stevie will ever get to the communication level of Kyle-Dave, Jimmie-Chad?

David Newton
  (3:12 PM)

They like and respect each other a lot now, so that's the first step.

Tyler (Greenfield, NY)

Will you please not jinx Kyle Busch for '12 by picking him to win the Sprint Cup? Thank you.

David Newton
  (3:12 PM)

Too late.

Dan (Charlotte)

Hi David. Who you got winning season finale? And top 5?

David Newton
  (3:13 PM)

Winning the race? I think we'll be surprised. Maybe Johnson will make one last statement. Top 5, Edwards, Stewart, Johnson, Kenseth and Kyle Busch.

Dan (Charlotte)

Do you think 48 and 24 will pick it up next year?

David Newton
  (3:13 PM)

Yep. The 24 had picked it up this year till they got to the Chase. Jimmie and Chad will be driven harder than ever.

Blake (Belmont)

Since Jr. says he doesn't like tandem, 2 car, plate racing how can NASCAR eliminate it?

David Newton
  (3:14 PM)

They've been working on that this week at Daytona, going with smaller spoilers, changing the size of the plate and a few other things.

Dan (Charlotte)

Will wins the cup 99 or 14?

David Newton
  (3:14 PM)

14

Todd (Ga.)

People are critical of Kurt's short fuse but isn't it true that Addington makes mistakes that top crew chiefs like Dave and Chad never make?

David Newton
  (3:15 PM)

All crew chiefs make mistakes, including Dave and Chad. I believe Addington is solid and deserves an award for putting up with what he does.

Zach Cross (Church Hill TN)

Hi DavidDo you think Clint Bowyer is the best restrictor-plate driver? I think he will win the Daytona 500 next year.

David Newton
  (3:16 PM)

He has done well lately, but that was with the two-car tandem. I'll reserve judgment until I see him win without a push.

Joanne (Ft. Myers)

Do you think #88 team should be proud to be top 10 in pts. or embarassed that #88 is the only winless team in the top 10?

David Newton
  (3:16 PM)

They were 21st a year ago, so I'd say proud.

Vernie (NJ)

Do you think Sam and Parker will be running in NW for Penske in '12?

David Newton
  (3:17 PM)

Believe you'll see Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski. Not sure on Parker. He'll be in a Brad K truck, though.

Joanne (Ft. Myers)

Do you think there is any resentment of Dale Jr. within the #48 and #24 teams for the focus HMS put on helping #88 this year?

David Newton
  (3:17 PM)

Not at all. They understand how it works.

Turk (Mich.)

Do you give Roush the advantage over SHR due to Jack's championship owners experience?

David Newton
  (3:18 PM)

Jack's not driving. Carl seemingly has the edge based on past Homestead history. But Carl had the edge at Texas and Tony won. This really is too close to call.

Bart (East Bay)

Newt, are you hearing that Red Bull will be sponsoriing Cole Witt at Kyle Busch Motorsports next year?

David Newton
  (3:18 PM)

Haven't heard that one.

Jake (Irving, TX)

Hey Newt, looks like the Austin track won't be finished so what road courses will NASCAR look to next?

David Newton
  (3:19 PM)

I hope Cup goes to Montreal one day. The fans love racing and have supported NW, so Cup makes sense.

Andrew (Kettering, Ohio)

David, I thought the Phoenix reconfiguration was awesome and was wondering if ISC is considering the same improvements for Martinsville?

David Newton
  (3:19 PM)

It was better than I expected, but never touch Martinsville. Bite your tongue.

Ron (Smithville)

During practice , Rowdy turned laps at the reconfigured Phoenix of 141 MPH but during qual and the race if was down to 135? Why?

David Newton
  (3:19 PM)

Track changed in qualifing. Sun came out and made it slick. He said he was going about 70 percent and still nervous.

txtechjmacattack (lubbock)

for 2012, do you expect scotty speed and whitney motorsports to continue start & parking or run the full races?

David Newton
  (3:20 PM)

I would hope they would try to stick around for a few full races. All depends on money and finding sponsors.

Jacob (Wellston, Ok)

What is with the Penalty for in race adjustments to the weight in Danica's car? She was involved in the lap 1 wreck! And because of this Eury Jr. gets probation until March, while Kyle gets probation until December 31, for intentionally wrecking someone?

David Newton
  (3:21 PM)

I can't say a lot about the penalty because I was traveling when it came down and haven't had time to talk to the right folks. Sorry.

18fan2hater (Md.)

Is Brad in trouble with NASCAR over his recent negative comments about the fuel injection?

David Newton
  (3:22 PM)

A few officials laughed and said, "That's Brad."

Ron (Smithville)

Why do you suppose Mark Martin will be running the Daytona 500 in the MWR Camry when Mark has said he doesn't like plate racing?

David Newton
  (3:22 PM)

Because it is the biggest race of the year and the sponsor wants Martin in there.

Matt (ny)

Hey David, Do you think there would be any team orders this weekend if it was late in the race and Matt Kenseth was leading, Carl Edwards was second, and Tony Stewart was third?

David Newton
  (3:23 PM)

I hope not. The only way I could see team orders was if Edwards needed to pick up a spot, not a win, for the title.

Cuyler (Horse Branch)

I am sooo sad there is only one more race left. What was your favorite race of the 2011 season? Mine was Darlington.

David Newton
  (3:24 PM)

Darlington was fantastic. Loved seeing underdog Regan Smith win I really can't think of a beter one to be honest. PLus we had the drama of Harvick and Kyle Busch.

TRAVIS (NEW MEXICO)

I thought the 1 had a great car at PIR Had he not had the speeding penalty I feel he had at minimum at top 10. That being said with no wins this year and 3 last year do you see any changes that will make the 1 team relivant again?

David Newton
  (3:24 PM)

It has been a disappointing season for McMurray and I don't think he or EGR officials know exactly why.

Quentin (Iowa)

I really think next year Junior will have a breakout year like he had in 2004, he probably won't win 6 races because of how different the racing in now compared to then, but I really think he will be a serious contender and win multiple races. Do you think he has a breakout year in him or are him and Steve Letarte already at their full potential together?

David Newton
  (3:25 PM)

NASCAR officials hope you are right. I said last week I could see him winning a few races and being a top 5 contender in points.

MIKE P (DANBURY CT)

Hi david,my question to u is i have kevin harvick for my choice for homestead which he is great at,the other option is the diger (aj) .i need bonus points.i know kevin will be there at the end of the race.but will he qulify up front and lead and be in contention to win.or should i go with aj knowing that he is also good at this track,he also can qulify well maybe top five lead a lap and maybe win just like the last three race's.help please im in fourth place need 60 points to move into seconded?harvick or dinger?

David Newton
  (3:27 PM)

Not sure about KH qualifying up front. He has qulaified poorly all year. Dinger has run well lately and is building momentum. I'd stil go with Harvick if those are the choises.

TRAVIS (NEW MEXICO)

I love the drama that has occured this year just between the 18 and RCR I think it is good for the sport because it puts the soptlight on it again. Some people dont care about the race but when an owner punches a driver there ears perk up.

David Newton
  (3:27 PM)

A lot of people would agree with you.

Cory Ewan St. Paul, KS [via mobile]

Do you think that Dale jr can build on the success he has had this season and be a real contender for the championship next year?

David Newton
  (3:27 PM)

He can build, but not sure about contending for a title. Baby steps, please. Win a race or two first.

BBM (Rainy MD)

Who wins the title this Sunday and the race and why?

David Newton
  (3:28 PM)

As I've said repeatedly, I like the 14 only because he's running well and I don't believe Carl, as good as he is at Homestead, can get through the Chase with a finish no worse than 11th.

Taylor (Ann Arbor, MI) [via mobile]

Which non chasers have the best shot to do well at HMS this weekend?

David Newton
  (3:29 PM)

Start with Kasey Kahne. Then Biffle and maybe AJ Allmendinger

BBM (Rainy MD)

After the Daytona testing yesterday, did they eliminate the two car tandem drafting yet or no impact? I heard Nemechek drove 203 mph....by himself.

David Newton
  (3:29 PM)

No miracle answer, but they believe they've found a few things that might help.

BuschsBest (Miami)

Do you think Samantha Busch will split with Kyle in the future just like Kurt divorced with Eva earlier this year?

David Newton
  (3:30 PM)

Why would you even ask that? I have seen no signs of that. Samantha has ben great for Kyle and vice versa. I hope they have a long marriage. I like them as a couple.

BBM (Rainy MD)

Sorry to ask a Non-NASCAR question, but I hope Skins will shut the Cowboys fans up this weekend at Fedex Field, but the Skins are falling like a rock. What are the chances for Skins this weekend.

David Newton
  (3:30 PM)

Won't happen. Boys win.

scott south boston va [via mobile]

RPM has really upped their game in the chase races..do u think the 43 or the 9 can contend for a chase spot next year? big ambrose fan here

David Newton
  (3:31 PM)

Ambrose was within striking distance last year, but if I had to pick one I'd go with Dinger. I don't see either making it, but they are improving.

BBM (Rainy MD)

Any news about sponsorship for SHR's 3rd car (without Danica) for next year?

David Newton
  (3:31 PM)

Not a word. They may just run the Danica races and no more.

Frank [via mobile]

Is Ron hornaday gimme drive one of the Kyle Busch motorsports trucks next year?

David Newton
  (3:32 PM)

Doesn't sounds like it. He has something brewing with another team.

Rich Wofford (Tucson, AZ)

OK David...Let's have it...Who you got on Sunday, Carl or Tony?

David Newton
  (3:33 PM)

Hey, I went to Wofford College. I'm going with Tony. I've stated my reasons, so read them while they're not.

Vern (NJ)

Great story on Jack Roush! As a mechanical engineer, has Jack given his blessing to the fuel injection for 2012?

David Newton
  (3:34 PM)

He has. He's behind it more than most because of his relationship with the manufacturers. And thanks on the story. Was fun.

Ron (Smithville)

How do you think Jack Roush utilizes the Ford Roush squadron ,including Petty and Woods, to make life difficult for the #14?

David Newton
  (3:35 PM)

I wouldn't expect to see those guys pull over and let Tony go without racing him hard. but I don't see Jack telling anybody to get in Smoke's way and ruin his chances. He's an honorable man.

Scott (Newport News, VA)

What is your take on the trust level between Stewart and Grubb after that bad adjustment that got his car loose enough for Khane and Edwards to egde him at Phoenix going into the final race?

David Newton
  (3:35 PM)

Hey, they've won four races in the Chase. Nobody is perfect. Whatever adjustment was made I"m sure was made with Tony's imput.

Gene (Ohio)

Do you think Jack Roush deserves more credit for keeping NASCAR traditions alive for all he has done for Richard Petty, Yates and Wood Brothers?

David Newton
  (3:36 PM)

Come to think of it, he has done a lot. Thanks for noting that.

Tracy (CT)

Hey Newt, will this be your final chat of the year?

David Newton
  (3:36 PM)

Nah. You can't get rid of me that easy. I'll be at the banquet in Las Vegas and I'm sure will hop in here from time to time during the offseason.

Roscoe (Chino, Ca.)

Assuming Rowdy turns into another Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, who will be the bad guy in NASCAR?

David Newton
  (3:37 PM)

Big assumption there. There's always some driver the fans will love to hate, whether it's Kyle, Bad Brad Keselowski or Jimmie Johnson for winning too much.

Michael indy [via mobile]

Do you think the Zipidelli to SHR rumors will stop now that Darien Grubb has performed so clutch in the Chase?

David Newton
  (3:37 PM)

Nope. They're still brewing pretty hard.

Shayne - NY [via mobile]

How do you think Travis Pastrana will perform in the Nationwide Series next year? I'm excited to see him race in NASCAR.

David Newton
  (3:38 PM)

I'm anxious to see what he can do. I'm sure it will take a few years. It's not an easy transition, and they have no ramps in the NW series.

Mark (Mount Airy,MD)

Afternoon David, Thanks for the chats this year. Any idea when the 2012 Truck schedule will be announced???? A group of us are planning a road trip to Rockingham.

David Newton
  (3:39 PM)

You're welcome. They have it all done except for a problem with Road America. I'm told it's going to be out before 2012. LOL.

Tyler (MN)

Do you think that Rowdy showed he is still one of the best out there? He drove from last to 3rd!

David Newton
  (3:39 PM)

Did you ever doubt he was one of the best? It's his temper that gets him into trouble.

Sandy (NY)

Who are you top 3 for Sunday's race? How's the weather in FL?

David Newton
  (3:40 PM)

Mid-80s, muggy. Real muggy. Top 3, Edwards, Stewart and Johnson, but not in any particular order.

Tyler (MN)

Now that Sam has gotten his first win is Scott Speed next?

Jesse (Huntersville, NC)

Will the heat in Miami be a factor Sunday? (I do not miss living there!)

David Newton
  (3:41 PM)

The drivers are used to heat. Plus they know it's the last race so they'll hang it all out on the line.

Dave (VA)

Sounds like there are some changes coming at SHR. How do you think it will shake out?

David Newton
  (3:41 PM)

I'm curious to see as well. Keep hearing Grubb is gone, either to another team or back to Hendrick. The Zipadelli rumors won't go away either. Can't remember the last time a champion ditched his crew chief after the season.

Basefallman387 (Fl.)

Newt, do you think Rowdy will be fighting to get the #18 into the top 10 in final pts. so he can take his team to Vegas?

David Newton
  (3:42 PM)

He would be regardless.

Ryan (Indianapolis)

What do you think needs to happen to make the Brickyard 400 a better race? Do u somehow add lights (maybe not permanent lights) or move the race to be a part of the chase?

David Newton
  (3:43 PM)

Blow up the track. It's great for IndyCar, not so much for stock cars. Maybe just use the road course. Or make the drivers take breaks and play a hole of golf in the infield, then average their strokes with their finish.

Baseballman (MD)

Should I be worried about Smoke since Cuz has a better recored at HMS?

David Newton
  (3:43 PM)

Cuz had a better record at Texas and Smoke still won.

Andy (MI)

Heres a long look ahead - Top 5 in the Chase next year?

David Newton
  (3:44 PM)

Johnson, Edwards, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Yep, I said Junior.

Hazel (CA)

Will there be many unemployed Crew Chiefs at the end of the year?

David Newton
  (3:44 PM)

Not so much unemployed but there will be movement.

Octo (El Sótano)

Danica vs. Pastrana, whos gonna have a better season next year? Thx Newt

David Newton
  (3:45 PM)

Danica. She has more experience and top equipment.

Andy (MD)

When do you see Danica getting her first win for SHR?

David Newton
  (3:45 PM)

Really? A win in Cup? I can't think that far ahead.

Confused (Miami)

Your top five were Edwards, Stewart, etc but then you also said you thought Stewart would win the championship...........doesnt add up.

David Newton
  (3:46 PM)

Didn't say what order they would finish. Just gave my top five drivers for the weekend.

Joe (Florida)

If NASCAR morphed into Bonanza, who in the sport would play Little Joe, Hoss and Ben Cartwright?

David Newton
  (3:48 PM)

I'm a huge Bonanza fan, by the way. I'll go with Rick Hendrick as Ben, Joey Logano as Little Joe and there'll never be another Hoss, who was my favorite character, so I'm not going to put that on anybody. Nobody is that big or nice in NASCAR.

Ben (St. Louis)

Do the Latino fans come out to support Juan Pablo?

David Newton
  (3:48 PM)

They do. He has a huge following here and around the world.

Bern (WA)

Do you think Dillion will win the Campionship on Friday night? What about Stenhouse on Saturday? Sunday seems to be anyones guess.

David Newton
  (3:49 PM)

Yes on Dillon and yes on Stenhouse. Stenhouse is a lock. You're right, Sunday is impossible to call.

Pheni (Fl)

Hi Newt, what did you think of the way Rowdy went about himself last weekend?

David Newton
  (3:49 PM)

Handled himself very professional. He realizes his future is on the line.

Ryan (Sunny West Coast)

As a guy calling for Grubbs' head earlier in the season, please stay!

David Newton
  (3:50 PM)

You weren't alone. Just not sure how that story will turn out.

John Haywood (South Florida )

So what happens if carl and tony get taken out on lap 5.... shootout for the cup between Matt and Kevin?

David Newton
  (3:50 PM)

Everyone but Carl and Tony has been eliminated. If they get taken out then it depends on who finishes ahead of who and by how much. If Carl is ahead, he wins. If Tony is ahead by 3, he wins.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

How about Jimmie Spencer as Hoss? I mean, if you had to pick someone.

David Newton
  (3:51 PM)

Shame on you.

Dan (Muncie)

With all the labor negotiations going on around sports, I wondered if the drivers of NASCAR ever considered unionizing or creating something akin to the NFLPA?

David Newton
  (3:51 PM)

There was some talk about the organizations franchizing, but it won't happen in my lifetime Im afraid. This sport is all about independent contractors.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

In the Bonanza question he left out Adam, the oldest brother.

David Newton
  (3:52 PM)

He did. I would pick Carl Edwards for that.

tim (az)

Anything new on the 17 sponsorship?

David Newton
  (3:52 PM)

Not a word. Not looking good, but Roush is committed to running that team sponsored or unsponsored.

Confused Again (Miami)

You also said you didnt think Edwards would escape the Chase without a finish worse than 11th.........

David Newton
  (3:54 PM)

You're right, but I can't guarantee that and you can't overlook him winning two of the last three at Homestead and having a gaudy 5.4 or something average finish there.

Dan (Muncie)

Who is Kasey Kahne's sponsor going to be with HMS?

David Newton
  (3:55 PM)

Famer's Insurance. Serious.

Btandon virginia [via mobile]

Hey Dave you keep saying you have tony for the championship but earlier you said you have Carl in your top 5 at homestead. I think based on Carls past there, he wins this chase. Tony hasn't run that well there since the new configuration, and statstically this is carls best track. Also with homestead being a bad track for Jr do u see him staying in the top 10 since the standings are so close

David Newton
  (3:55 PM)

Can't argue with what you say. As for Junior, I see him as a top 15 car. That should keep him in the top 10.

David Newton
  (3:56 PM)

Have to run. An interview awaits. It's been a blast. If you want to see the view I had while checking look at my last picture on Twitter, @Dnewtonespn. Hang on, Sunday is going to be a wild finish I suspect.