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May 2, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Terry Blount

Terry Blount
  (2:00 PM)

What's up chatters?

kris (mn)

Does Joe Gibbs' suspended owners license apply to Nationwide or just Cup?

Terry Blount
  (2:00 PM)

Only Cup for losing owner's points.

brian (mansfield ar)

how long till kurt gets his first win in the 78

Terry Blount
  (2:01 PM)

Wouldn't surprise me a bit to see him win Sunday at Dega.

Jake (Irving, TX)

Hi Terry, Great analysis today about Stewart showing his problems are much deeper than 2013 going back to the entire 2012 season. Question: Stewart is obviously no Mark Martin, Johnson, Kahne, Kyle when it comes to fitness so do you think his weight, age and conditioning are factors in his decline?

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

Not at all. I'm glad more guys are physically fit, but let's be honest. You don't have to be Mr. Universe to win in a race car. And Tony's not exactly Jabba the Hut.

Topgun Fry (pa)

WHATS UR PICKS.

Terry Blount
  (2:05 PM)

Wow. You're excited topgun. My top 2 this week are Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch.

brian (mansfield ar)

do you think stewart will make the chase im really starting to have my doubts

Terry Blount
  (2:05 PM)

My guess is no, but throughout his career he has raced well in the summer months, so it's not out of the question.

brian (mansfield ar)

how impressed are you with almirola this season ive had him as a fantasy pick all season

Terry Blount
  (2:06 PM)

Blown away. Aric is getting it done. He's my pick as the next guy to get his first Cup win.

Frank (Kingston, Pa)

Terry - Now that the first appeal from Penske happened we move to JGR. The issue I am having trouble understanding is why anyone would think JGR is not responsible. They did build engines and chose to outsource to TRD. JGR is responsible for what they put on the track and must satisfy themselves that TRD had the quality controls in place. TRD did not and therefore there are consequences. That falls squarely on JGR. If they do not I can't wait to see what Knaus outsources.

Terry Blount
  (2:07 PM)

Sounds like you're making NASCAR's argument. But yes, ultimately, they are responsible.

Ryan (WI)

Hi Terry, To me it seems like option 2. HMS EGR and even the 51 are all strong this year. What do you think

Terry Blount
  (2:08 PM)

I don't think Hendrick is giving them equipment differently from any other team they supply, but I do think the brain trust at SHR hasn't figured out the Gen-6 as well as the others have.

jack (phx, az)

What does jpm have to do this year (i.e. make the chase, etc.)so that he won't lose his ride next year?

Terry Blount
  (2:11 PM)

He has to win, and the two road courses probably are his best shots. Richmond was very encouraging because it's the first time they have run as well or better than Jamie. And it showed JPM can win on a oval if things go his way. I felt bad for him at the end when the last caution cost him the victory. Both those guys at Ganassi know they need to step it up because they can see Kyle Larson gaining on them.

Cameron (Palo Alto, CA)

Afternoon Mr. Blount, always a pleasure chatting with you, so thank you again. Regarding the appeals going on right now, I feel like the penalties fit the crime for Penske. They knew they were cheating, or they would have been seeking NASCAR approval for those housings as loudly as possible. Regarding Gibbs, I really feel that the 50 points will be reduced, the $200,000 fine should drop to $50,000, and Gibbs will get his license reinstated. Your thoughts?

Terry Blount
  (2:13 PM)

First, the housing pieces were improved, but they way they set them up wasn't. Second, I don't see a big reduction coming for Gibbs, but you might be right on his owner license and points. Engine violations always have been dealt with severely by NASCAR. I feel this one was too harsh, but I doubt the appeals folks will.

Barry (RI)

Wolfe, driver of #2 have done more damage to Penske's proud racing reputation than when that reporter intentionally provoked Kurt and I wondered if you think Penske will fire that entire bunch including the driver for what they have done to the team?

Terry Blount
  (2:15 PM)

Maybe the most ridiculous question of the season. They won the championship last year and have done more for Roger's NASCAR team than any combo he's ever had.

Brandon (Myrtle Beach)

Does everyone around the garage still view Jeff Gordon the same way in the garage after his scuffle with Bowyer?

Terry Blount
  (2:16 PM)

Didn't change a thing. Gordon is one of the most respected drivers, and individuals, in NASCAR history.

Jeremy (Port Angeles, WA)

With Danica on the nationwide series entry list for this weekend race at Talladega is there anymore races plan for Danica in the nationwide series this year?

Terry Blount
  (2:16 PM)

Maybe a couple, but they are deciding as they go.

Tammy (Ohio)

pick 1 from each group: Jr or Kyle, Harvick, Joey or Mikey, Newman or Kurt. I think I'm going with Biffle and JJ. Thanks

Terry Blount
  (2:18 PM)

I assume you mean this weekend at Dega. I'll pick Kyle, Harvick and Kurt.

scott (denton,tx)

so whay is going to happen to the new gen6 car this weekand and what is so different from talledega to Daytona thanks

Terry Blount
  (2:20 PM)

Daytona is much more about handling because it's much narrower than Dega. Pure horsepower is a bigger deal at Dega. But I expect to see the same things we've seen there most of the time in recent races. Everybody playing it safe for about 150 laps and madness for the last 20 or 30 laps.

Terry Blount
  (2:20 PM)

Daytona is much more about handling because it's much narrower than Dega. Pure horsepower is a bigger deal at Dega. But I expect to see the same things we've seen there most of the time in recent races. Everybody playing it safe for about 150 laps and madness for the last 20 or 30 laps.

scott (denton,tx)

you think if jr does well this weekand and maybe wins the race you see him have the point lead by the end of the weekand....

Terry Blount
  (2:21 PM)

He won't have the points lead even if he does win the race. He's 46 points behind JJ. You can only make up a max of 47 in one race.

Saul (San Diego)

Hamlin is in 28 place minus 198 points. With 19 or so races to go. Do you think he will make the chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:22 PM)

No, but it's still possible. He will have to win at least twice and race well enough to get back in the top 20.

Kristin (NYC)

What race to see JJ losing the points lead? Assuming he does poorly at Talladega, we could see a new points leader on Sunday.

Terry Blount
  (2:23 PM)

Not gonna happen. Edwards is second, but he's 43 points back.

Saul (San Diego)

Mr. Blount, Is this not typical TS slow start then he just gets hot in the summer and in the chase mix? Its HOT in the Summer, so you get smoking hot...

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

Not typical at all. In my column today I list eight things that are worse for him than they've ever been for him in the past.

Cory (Geneva, IL)

You keep saying JJ can't lose the points lead, though he mathematically can. Did you forget when he crashed out less than a lap into Daytona a few years back? 43rd isn't out of the question for JJ at a plate track.

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

Yes, he could finish last and Carl or Junior could win it. I'll take that bet on it not happening.

brian (mansfield ar)

whos your top 5 and darkhorse

Terry Blount
  (2:27 PM)

Kyle, Kenseth, JJ, Kurt, Junior and Biffle. Darkhorse is David Ragan.

Cameron (Palo Alto, CA)

What are the chances JJ holds the points lead up to the Chase? I feel like he's one of the strongest cars in the field week in and week out. Is this sustainable? if it is for anyone, it is for Jimmy

Terry Blount
  (2:29 PM)

I'll be surprised if he isn't the points leader at the end of the regular season. His average finish right now is an incredible 7.2. That's four spots better than anyone else out there.

Rob (Sarasota,FL)

Terry, do you ever see JR challenging SR's mark of 10 at dega?

Terry Blount
  (2:30 PM)

No. Junior needs five more to get there. Won't happen.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

Terry, does Matt's win still count towards the wildcard spot (if he needs it that is). I know he won't get the 3 points at the reseeding if he is in the top 10, just wondering if the win counts for the wildcard sport.

Terry Blount
  (2:31 PM)

No, he can't use that win toward a wildcard spot.

Adam C (Vermont)

Terry, anything new on Denny's possible start this weekend?

Terry Blount
  (2:32 PM)

Haven't heard today, but I bet they end up letting him get in the car and get out on the first caution.

Saul (San Diego)

What race do you think it is the hardest or most challenging on CC.

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

Races that start in the daylight and end at night, like the Coca-Cola 600. It's so long and the track changes so much during the race.

Cameron (Palo Alto, CA)

What's up with the Kings staying in Sacramento??? Stern may have lost his mind.

Terry Blount
  (2:36 PM)

Noting against the good folks at Sacramento, but the Seattle bid is far superior in every way. And how about this little tidbit. Clay Bennett, who moved the Sonics to OKC, heads the relocation committee and voted against the Kings moving. Talk about a hypocrite. Shouldn't he at least have recused himself from that vote?

Adam C (Vermont)

Terry, if you were starting a team of four drivers for the next 10 years, with everyone being a free agent, who would you take and why?

Terry Blount
  (2:38 PM)

I like this question. These are tough but fun. I'll go Brad, Kasey and two Kyles _ Busch and Larson.

Keith H (Seattle)

Terry, do you get the baton this week or is it Hinton? Either way, I'll enjoy the read. PS. You're absolutely right with Clay Bennett. Personally, I'm looking for David Stern voodoo dolls.

Terry Blount
  (2:39 PM)

Easy Ed is there this weekend because he lives in the Atlanta area. And I'll predict that Seattle never gets another NBA team as long as Stern is commissioner.

Susan (Mich)

Hi Mr. Blount, with Jeffrey Earnhardt running again at Dega do you see Jeff carrying on the family NASCAR tradition when Dale June retires?

Terry Blount
  (2:40 PM)

If you mean becoming as successful as Junior has, or as popular, no, I don't see him doing that.

Cameron (Palo Alto, CA)

As a Californian, I also like the folks in Sac, but as a rational human, I see that Seattle had the better bid, hands up and hands down! Conflict of interest? If this happened in NASCAR, you better believe the conspiracy theorists would be out in full force! Thanks again for the fantastic work Terry!

Terry Blount
  (2:42 PM)

Thanks Cameron. Ed Hinton and I were talking about that subject last night. NASCAR gets so much criticism for it's rules and appeals process, but it's miles ahead of the way the NBA does things.

Ken (IN)

Update to picking the 4 drivers for the next 10 years. If you can't use drivers who have won a championship, who do you take?

Terry Blount
  (2:45 PM)

Well, three of the names I picked haven't won a title. So if I'm picking one more, I'll take go out on a limb and take Ty Dillon.

Adam C (Vermont)

I know it's incredibly early to make a statement, but do you think Chase Elliott will have a; worse, equal, or better career then his father did?

Terry Blount
  (2:46 PM)

Really asking a lot to be better, but I think Chase will have a successful career at the Cup level. Young Mr. Blaney also has a lot of talent.

Kristin (NYC)

I think one of the most anticipated races is Eldora. I know it's not until next month, but are there talks of having more races at dirt tracks in the future?

Terry Blount
  (2:49 PM)

It's July 24th, but yes, it's going to be fun to watch. I think everyone is going to see how it goes before determining if other dirt tracks are possible. Most dirt track facilities just don't have the seating, the media access or the amenities required to play host to a Truck Series event. And it's costly to the teams to make the changes needed to the equipment.

Teri (MN)

In your opinion was Toyota to blame for the over weight parts?

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

You mean underweight, but yes, Toyota admits it was TRD's mistake. However, that won't let JGR off the hook.

Debbie (Midland)

Best place to stay in Seattle? Thinking of a summer trip...and GO KK GO

Terry Blount
  (2:53 PM)

The circular Westin towers downtown are spectacular. The first time I ever came here back in the mid 1980s, I was covering the Houston Rockets and stayed there. From my room on the 40th floor, I could see Elliott Bay, most of downtown and Mt. Rainier. That's when I knew I wanted to live here.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

Of those 4 drivers, one has to be a woman, who?

Terry Blount
  (2:55 PM)

Ok, I'll go with Johanna Long. But as a businessman, the pick would be Danica. She's the money machine

Buck (Bradley)

Terry, in your opinion why wasn't Ford and Jack Roush fined and penalized along Penske's teams?

Terry Blount
  (2:55 PM)

They didn't have anything to do with it.

Rob (Sarasota,FL)

Who's the driver thats going to pick up his first career win this year?

Terry Blount
  (2:56 PM)

I'm picking Almirola.

AC (Nowhere Close)

If you could pick one track that none of the top 3 series race on to get a race, what would it be?

Terry Blount
  (2:58 PM)

Laguna Seca road course in Cali. No. 2 pick would be Circuit of Americas in Austin.

Saul (San Diego)

Do you think NASCAR will one day allow a team to have 4 or more cars. I recal Jack Roush fuming a few years back when he had to scale back.

Terry Blount
  (3:00 PM)

You can have four cars, as Hendrick does. Looking back on it now, I think limited the number of cars a team owner can have was a mistake. I was in favor of it at the time, but it's doesn't really work since they have satellite teams and probably hurt sponsorship opportunities.

Terry Blount
  (3:02 PM)

Gotta run folks. Good one today. Great questions and lively banter. Have a great week and enjoy wild Dega this weekend. Also, join our race chat Sunday if you can. I'm out. Peace.