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May 16, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Terry Blount

Terry Blount
  (2:00 PM)

Hey gang. If you haven't seen it, here's my column today on how to improve the Cup schedule, including fewer races and major changes in the Chase races: http://tinyurl.com/az7zcp5

Ron (Smithville)

With Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Racing Development. Toyota Camry's leading nearly 50% of the laps this season do you see HMS and RFR catching up or is '13 Toyota's year?

Terry Blount
  (2:01 PM)

Great observation Ron. I noticed that stat earlier this week and I was stunned. But it's a long season and I do think things will balance out some in the summer months.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you think Danica's lack of performance is the fault of the race cars SHR is putting on the track and do you see Danica taking her sponsorship to JGR maybe?

Terry Blount
  (2:01 PM)

Danica isn't going anywhere. As for the performance, it's a little of both, but mostly her.

txtechjmacattack (lubbock)

hey terry, assuming kyle races cup until he's 53 like mark martin that would be another 25 seasons and 900 cup starts. do you think rowdy could average 4 wins per season for the next 25 years?

Terry Blount
  (2:02 PM)

Absolutely not. First, he isn't going to race until he's 53. Second, no one of going to average four wins a year over 25 years.

Mike (Midwest)

Do you see Kahne pulling a Gordon on Kyle if they continue to have dust-ups?

Terry Blount
  (2:03 PM)

No, and he pretty much said that is a blog Newt wrote this week. It's not Kahne's style, but even if it were, there's too much to lose when you're a title contender.

Tyler (SD)

Our theory is that Rowdy, Denny and Joey put in the work testing and developing the Joe Gibbs Racing Gen 6 and that Kenseth is getting a free ride off of their work. Do you think Denny and especially Rowdy have had enough?

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

Ridiculously. Kenseth has made the 20 a title contender again because he's a much better driver than Joey. And Kyle and Denny love having Matt to bounce things off of.

Baseballman (Florida)

If Kenseth is so great how come he didn't race like this at Roush Fenway Ford?

Terry Blount
  (2:05 PM)

Because it wasn't as good a car or team.

Andrew (W. Kentucky )

Great story today Terry! Why wouldn't you have included Dega and M'ville as tracks to lose dates since they don't sell well. Isn't 1 sold out race better than 2 1/2 full?

Terry Blount
  (2:07 PM)

yes, and in the long run,. I think most tracks with two races a should only have one. But NASCAR needs to keep as many short tracks as it can on the sked. I realize I said Bristol should lose one, but certainly the sked shouldn't lose two short-track races.

Phoenix (FSU)

When #2 wrecks Rowdy at the Glen or Gordon vs. Bowyer, most ESPN writers say all this retaliation/payback talk is way overblown so how come when it's retaliation vs. Rowdy suddenly it's a legit topic?

Terry Blount
  (2:08 PM)

It's not to me.

Jim (Ga.)

As an old #8 fan and now #18 fan we remember when we called for a new crew chief for Dale everytime he had a bad race. Isn't it time for Coach to making a crew chief change on Rowdy's #18?

Terry Blount
  (2:08 PM)

I don't think so. Kyle has two wins this season. But I think there still are times when he overdrives the car.

Jake (Irving, TX)

Hey Terry, great story and suggestions today about overhauling the NASCAR sched but isn't an overhaul of drivers also necessary?The same old names year after year in the best cars is whats boring. Why not an age limit like 40 to keep new blood coming into the sport?

Terry Blount
  (2:10 PM)

Just won't happen. Many drivers still are in their prime around 40. But I agree that an infusion are more young drivers would help things. And they're coming soon _ Larson, the Dillon brothers, Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, etc.

brandon birdsboro pa [via mobile]

What percent chance does danny hamlin makes the chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:11 PM)

Good question. I'll say less than 50/50, but he just might pull it off.

demon reading pa [via mobile]

Is nascar rigged\Scripted?

Terry Blount
  (2:12 PM)

No it isn't. That just doesn't happen.

Keith H (Seattle)

Am I missing something here? All these "get revenge" theories just don't make sense. It's pretty hard to win races if you're not on the track and in the trailer instead. PS. The 206 is stewing re: David Stern.

Terry Blount
  (2:15 PM)

Preach it Keith, on both counts. Payback is way overrated. And David Stern is the most hated man in the nation among Seattle folks. Yesterday was the height of his lack of caring when the first thing he said after the vote was: "I have to make this short because I have to catch a plane to Oklahoma City. Either he just doesn't know how insensitive that comment is or he did it for spite.

Tim (Florida)

In your modest opinion, do you think that the #14 will get it figured out in time to make the chase?????

Terry Blount
  (2:15 PM)

I don't think so. But anything is possible, as he proved when he went or a tear to win the Chase in 2011.

Mark (OH)

How many more years do we have to watch the Labontes take spots from an up and coming driver?

Terry Blount
  (2:17 PM)

Terry really isn't taking anyone's spot. He races every now and then for teams that have no shot at competing. Bobby probably still could run OK on a better team.

Greg (South Bend)

Hey Terry, Did the 11 just save their season with that second place finish?

Terry Blount
  (2:17 PM)

Too early to say, but it showed what he can do and how it's way too early to count him out.

Lillian (Englewood, Colorado)

Hey Terry, how many questions do you get per chat that priase Kyle Busch in some way?

Terry Blount
  (2:19 PM)

A few, and quite a few that criticize. But it's all good because it shows fans are passionate about him. As the late Dale Sr. used to say, "When you don't hear anything, that's a problem."

Sue B. (Seattle, WA)

Loved your article today on the Chase schedule and would LOVE to see the season ender in Las Vegas. You mentioned the drawback would be that the teams would either have to leave and come back, or stay for two weeks. What if Nascar's championship activities started the next day - just roll it all together? I'd show up for all that!

Terry Blount
  (2:20 PM)

I think NASCAR wants more time to build up the awards ceremony. But having it the following Friday night would work for me.

Fred (IA)

This is the first year that I have not watched every NW race. Too many cup drivers making for boring races.

Terry Blount
  (2:21 PM)

You and I are on the same page Fred. This has been my soapbox issues for years.

Juan (Largo)

As Kyle Busch fans, we're worried that three straight poor finishes followed by Saturday night's race at Darlington is proof that he is back to finding ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Should we be concerned?

Terry Blount
  (2:22 PM)

I doubt it. Kyle is part of he hottest organization in Cup right now. JGR is ahead o everyone else on the Gen 6. He'll be fine.

budweber8 (Baltimore, MD USA)

Hey Terry, what can we look for during the All Star Race that will be indications of how the Coca-Cola 600 will go?

Terry Blount
  (2:23 PM)

I don't think the two events have much in common. One is an all out sprint with no points on the line, so guys take a lot of chances. The other is the longest race of the season where strategy comes into play as the track conditions change.

Scott (Charlotte)

With ending the season at Vegas and the awards banquet the following week that would mean Clint Bowyer in Sin City for a week.GOLD!!!

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

As is true for several guys. Clint is quite a character at times, but most drivers wouldn't want to do it that way. They are tired at the end of the season and want to go home a chill for a few days.

Dale Junebug Fan (NC)

Should we Dale Junebug fans set our hopes on Mich. next month for Dale's 2013 cup win?

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

Obviously, he could win there, but he could win at several places. But the 88 team has taken a half step backward the last month.

Vernie (NJ)

I understand sponsors and blah blah but I am glad I watched baseball instead of the NW race. I DVRed it and later in the night checked the top 5 online to see if it was worth watching. Top 5 were cup guys or former cup guys. No thanks. My DVR has one less thing on it.

Terry Blount
  (2:27 PM)

I have no problem with former Cup guys who move down to race full time in NW because they can't get a quality Cup ride. So I'm fine with Sadler, Hornish, Vickers and Smith running in the series.

Rowdy Busch fan (NC)

Should we Rowdy fans pin our hopes on him winning another NW owners title and coming up short in the chase again?

Terry Blount
  (2:28 PM)

Frankly, I couldn't care less if he wins the owners title in NW for JGR.

Scott (Charlotte)

How does cutting four races make NASCAR, tracks and teams more money? Making money is the bottem line no different than ESPN. (see my cable bill)

Terry Blount
  (2:29 PM)

It's simple supply and demand. Too many races have diluted interest and attendance. As I wrote, individual track desires shouldn't trump the overall good of the sport.

tammy bliss douglassville pa [via mobile]

What are the chances for a night indy race for nascar?

Terry Blount
  (2:30 PM)

Pretty good I think. They need to do something different to regain interest in the event, which had faded dramatically in recent years.

Mike (GA)

If driver is in top 20 in points the prior year and declares to be running for cup points, then max 5 NW/truck races current year.

Terry Blount
  (2:31 PM)

Good idea, but not happening.

Turk (Mich.)

Great story about cutting the schedule but do you think Brian and Lesa might have to get approval from tv partners and sponsors to do that?

Terry Blount
  (2:31 PM)

Yes they would.

Tom (Ps)

Great article today Terry, i asked Ryan McGee this on a chat, I feel like nascar should have a major system like golf, where if u win one of the 4, you get more pts or more bonus pts for the chase which is what golf does for its fed ex cup..your thoughts?

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

Maybe, but there would be a lot of debate over which races become the majors.

Scott (Charlotte)

You would think with all the money SHR pays Hendrick for motors and chassis that SHR would have the exact same information as the Hendrick teams. Your thoughts

Terry Blount
  (2:34 PM)

They say they do, but Chad is going to give every secret he has to any crew chief at SHR. Just not in his best interest.

Rocco (Henderson, NV)

What's you take on the current cup champion entered in Friday night truck race against a bunch of young inexperienced dudes like Bubba Wallace?

Terry Blount
  (2:35 PM)

I don't like it , but it is what it is.

Annoyed (Everywhere)

We get that you don't like KB and the fellas winning NW. We get NASCAR is not going to change that. Can we stop devoting half the chat to the same topic week after week?

Terry Blount
  (2:35 PM)

Not if people ask about it, which they do.

Philip (FSU)

Hi Terry, I've seen Kyle fans that want a crew chief switch with Grubb and think that's pretty ridiculous, your thoughts?

Terry Blount
  (2:36 PM)

Not gonna happen. Darian is going to do all he can to get Denny in the Chase.

Jumbo (Tenn.)

Hi Terry, were you impressed that Kurt Busch could run 218+ at Indy first time he'd ever run an Indy car at the Brickyard?

Terry Blount
  (2:38 PM)

I wasn't surprised. Kurt is a very talented race car driver. In my book, The Blount Report, I listed him and underrated in terms of how people view his ability. Given enough time, I think he could race well in almost any series.

J-Mac (Lubbock)

Is Circuit Gilles Villenueve done forever in NASCAR? It put on way too many entertaining Nationwide races, and in the spirit of your column today, I've always thought it would make a great place Chase race.

Terry Blount
  (2:40 PM)

I agree completely. But I don't see it happening as long as Cup races at The Glen. The tracks are too close together, geographically, and Watkins Glen is as ISC track. I don't see NASCASR adding a third road race. Weather could be a factor for a Chase race, but I hope NW returns soon.

Laura (Mahattan Beach)

Hi there Terry. thanks for the weekday and race day chats! If Dale doesn't win the cup this year do you think he ever will? Is time running out for the sports most popular driver?

Terry Blount
  (2:41 PM)

The clock is ticking, no question. Time won't run out after this year, but I don't think a Cup title is in the cards for Junior.

Dave (MA)

Do you think NASCAR got the message and will lighten up on fines and suspensions?

Terry Blount
  (2:42 PM)

They say no. it won't change how they rule on punishment. But I think it will a little bit.

Mike (VA)

As a Denny fan, I believe that an 11-18 crew chief swap would completely ruin my interest in the sport and my respect for Joe and JD. Just my two cents.

Terry Blount
  (2:42 PM)

You don't have to worry about it Mike.

Dave (MA)

With Kurt Busch behind rookie Stenhouse in points doesn't that show that the car and team is much more important than the driver?

Terry Blount
  (2:43 PM)

Car and team are extremely important. The best driver won't win in the worst car, but the worst driver won't win in the best car. It takes both.

Cohiba (RP)

With NASCAR lifting the pit road speed limit for the all star do you expect them to do it for the regular season too?

Terry Blount
  (2:44 PM)

No way. Way too dangerous when so many cars pit at the same time. This is just to enhance the All-Star show, and it should be fun to watch. Drivers may fly down pit road and more than 100 mph.

Bart (East Bay)

When Burton and Richard "agree to part ways" do you think Burton will do a Labonte deal, S&P and hang around forever?

Terry Blount
  (2:47 PM)

I'm not sure. Jeff says he still wants to race a little longer, but he options will be limited. It's all about the money. If a team owner is willing to pay you millions of dollars, it's hard to turn it down, even if it means racing in a car that isn't competitive.

Scott (Charlotte)

I think Kurt would do great at Indy, but there is a difference in going 218 with down force and going 4 laps flat out at nearly 230mph with negative spoiler. That is why Danica will always have my respect.

Terry Blount
  (2:48 PM)

True, but I'm sure Kurt could do it with enough track time.

Molly Maid (Terry's Kitchen)

Hi Terry! One year ago at Dover, you announced to the NASCAR fans that you hired me to clean your dirty kitchen! Jimmie won that day. Will he repeat the race to the checkers again this year on 6/2?

Terry Blount
  (2:49 PM)

Wouldn't surprise me a bit Molly. Now it's time for you to do your annual spring window washing.

Kristin (NYC)

I doubt any driver can win all 5 segments of the All-Star Race. How many segments do you believe a driver will win, and which driver you think is capable of doing so?

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

I don't think any driver is capable of winning all five segments. If anyone can, JJ I guess. But wouldn't it be fun if someone won the first four and went to the last segment with a shot at the extra million. Talk about wild and going all out. Wow.

Bill (Baily)

Do some in the media think Dale is suffering long term effects of his multiple concussions and he might not be up to the rigors of our long season?

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

Not me and not anyone else I know that covers the sport.

Rob (Twin Cities)

Do you think the 12 crew and Sam Hornish Jr can pull off a NNS championship? The consistency is there but Sam has made a few mistakes costing him points.

Terry Blount
  (2:52 PM)

He certainly has a shot at it. I think five of six guys still could win it. I've really been impressed with how much JR Motorsports has improved this year. Smith was a great hire, as was Ryan Pemberton.

Bill (Baily)

What's all this talk about Danica getting lapped at Charlotte?

Terry Blount
  (2:54 PM)

NASCAR said the fan-vote winner still gets in the All-Star race even if that driver doesn't finish on the lead lap in the Showdown. Some are calling it the Danica Rule, but I think any driver the fans pick should get in no mater what they do in the Showdown. It's all about giving the fans what they want.

Michael (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)

Mr. Blount, I read your article on the dream schedule for the Cup series this morning, and I have to agree with you. Here's a solution to get this dream schedule" the race tracks need to put aside their own personal greed in order to think of the sport as a whole. If they would do that and the sport gets back to its former glory, they would see 100% attendance and will be able to get the money they all want. Unfortuntely, that too will never happen. Thoughts?

Terry Blount
  (2:55 PM)

I don't know about never, but it won't happen anytime soon.

Michael (Atlanta)

Is there any realistic chance that Jeff Gordon could leave HMS and start his own team given his lifetime contract? Who would replace him in the 24.

Terry Blount
  (2:57 PM)

He's not leaving, but the whole "lifetime contract" thing really doesn't mean much. It's way too soon to say who will replace Jeff, but Chase Elliott probably has a future in Cup for Hendrick.

Brent (Ohio)

How can people call Daytona 500 the biggest race of the year when people like Cope, Mikey, Bayne, Newman, Harvick won it?

Terry Blount
  (2:59 PM)

Everyone calls it the biggest race of the of the year. Only the Indy 500 rivals it as the biggest race in the sport. It doesn't matter who wins it, it's still the biggest event. No other Cup race comes close.

Scott (Charlotte)

I don't understand why the media calls for a shorter schedule. Give me one example where a major sports league shorten their schedule and improved the quality of said league

Terry Blount
  (2:59 PM)

No other sports league is as long as Cup.

Terry Blount
  (3:01 PM)

I'm out folks. You guys were on it this week. Very interesting banter on a lot of hot topics. Have a great weekend and enjoy the All-Star Race. Peace.