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June 4, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Terry Blount

Terry Blount
  (2:00 PM)

Hey gang. Here's our Turn 4 answers today on some controversial topics _ restarts, Cup in the minors, Toyota motors, etc. http://tinyurl.com/mhdujl6

matt (alabama)

do you think kenseth is a top 5 all time driver

Terry Blount
  (2:01 PM)

Not yet. Top 5 are guys like Earnahardt Sr., Petty, JJ, Gordon and Yarborough, and other you might want to select. But not Matt.

Patrick Foley (Grand Rapids, MI)

Here's my idea for feeder series: If you're not in the points race, you can race as much as you want - until you win. Then you're done until next year. Simple! It would return the focus to the regulars where it belongs, yet it would still allow Nationwide and CWT teams to get a jolt from Sprint drivers - just not the same one (cough, shrub, cough) every week. What do you think?

Terry Blount
  (2:02 PM)

I like it, but it won't happen, unfortunately.

Steve (Da Big Island)

Hi Terry, Your thoughts on Tony's post race interview in the media center. I found very amusing. The guy holds nothing back.

Terry Blount
  (2:03 PM)

Tony loves to take his shots at us and we love for him to do it because it makes for great copy.

rex (pa)

One suggestion for eliminating Cup drivers in Nationwide/trucks: significantly lower the number of companion races those series have with Sprint Cup. Take those series back to South Boston, Myrtle Beach, etc. More travel equals less Cup drivers willing/able to pull double or triple duty.

Terry Blount
  (2:03 PM)

That would help, but I think it would hurt the overall financial picture of the series.

Steven (IL)

Hey Terry, great burning 4. With Cup regulars winning most of the Nationwide races this season, last Saturday I watch the Indy race, which was way more exciting in my eyes, do you think that NASCAR will really limit the Cup drivers in lower tiers next year or is it wishful thinking?

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

I think NASCAR will have to address it at the end of the year in the Cup stars end up winning all but three or four NW events.

Terry Blount
  (2:04 PM)

I think NASCAR will have to address it at the end of the year in the Cup stars end up winning all but three or four NW events.

Mike (Ma)

Hi Terry, Does JPM have any chance of making the chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:05 PM)

He does if he keeps running like he did Sunday. It's clear the Ganassi boys are turning things around. And JPM could win one of both road races, so sure, he has a shot.

Joanne (Ft. Myers)

Terry, do you think it is consistent for NASCAR to give Tony Stewart a pass for verbally abusing media members and using multiple vulgarities post race in the media center at Dover while Kurt Busch was suspended for doing the exact same thing?

Terry Blount
  (2:06 PM)

Not the same. Kurt directly threatened a reporter. Smoke just likes to call us all idiots.

Rich (NYC) [via mobile]

Hey Terry, do you think the Indy race at Pocono in August will be good? I'm thinking of going but wanted your opinion. Thanks!

Terry Blount
  (2:08 PM)

I think it's gonna rock. Pocono is similar to Indy as a giant, relatively flat track with tight turns. The Indy 500 was one of the best ever, so I expect a similar type IndyCar race at Pocono. I'm heading to Pcono Thursday to see a race that I hope will have some excitement in the Gen-6.

Michael (Atlanta)

Based on his performace so far will Jeff Gordon miss the chase or will have a late resurgence like he did last year and make it in by the skin of his teeth?

Terry Blount
  (2:10 PM)

I can see either scenario happening. I'll say his chances are 50/50. He is good at Pocono and could help himself a lot with a victory this weekend.

Dave (Seattle)

KK in the #5 has been very fast these past 4 weeks, but not much to show for it. Bad luck or driver error?

Terry Blount
  (2:11 PM)

Neither really, just a fact that the car wasn't the best out there that day. But Kasey is a serious contender and is capable of winning at most tracks.

Andy (Iowa)

With how strong JGR looks, you gotta think they will have a sponsor knocking their door down for a 4th car. If they do expand, who do you think would be the driver?

Terry Blount
  (2:12 PM)

Hard to say, but sponsors aren't knocking down any doors these days to put up $20 million for a new Cup team.

Greg (La)

How impressed ru with logano he's having a pretty good season

Terry Blount
  (2:13 PM)

Actually better than I expected, and he could win this weekend. He won this race a year ago.

Mark (Iowa)

Who is the better fantasy pick this week.....11 or the 20. Thanks!

Terry Blount
  (2:14 PM)

Denny is very good at Pocono. Hard to go against Matt anywhere these days. I'd pick Denny.

matt (indiana)

if danica won a nationwide race how would you react? considering she is a full time cup driver

Terry Blount
  (2:15 PM)

It would be historic as the first female winner, but I wouldn't be thrilled about another Cup regular winning in the minors.

Michael G. (California)

Kyle Busch said after the race that TRD knows the problem but can't fix it. He said it was dirt particles in the metal. Is it as simple as them finding a new part supplier? Considering the other manufacturers haven't had this issue?

Terry Blount
  (2:16 PM)

I didn't hear him say that, but I doubt it's that simple. Toyota has had ongoing engine issues for two years now.

Big Wheel Hawaii (Devil's Island)

Aloha,,, "Funny Man",,, Look's Like No One's Home... Terry were you, or are you from "Houston"... Indy Cars back to Texas, this coming weekend...

Terry Blount
  (2:18 PM)

Yes, Houston is my hometown. I grew up a stone's throw from the Astrodome and spent a grew deal of my childhood at Astros games, then even more of my adult years there covering the team for the Post and later the Chronicle.

Michael G. (California)

Thanks for answering Terry, they played that interview on Race Hub on Speed just FYI.

Terry Blount
  (2:20 PM)

Oh, didn't know that. I think Toyota will figure this out. As I wrote in Turn 4, the Toyoya's, especially JGR, have been the fastest cars all season. But that power also means they probably are running the engines on the edge and making them more susceptible to failure. It's a fine line. My guess is they will dial it down a tad. Their drivers are still good enough to win.

john (texas)

hey terry juan could have 2 wins this year but still be outsid ethe top 20 in points. lets not all start saying they are turning it around

Terry Blount
  (2:21 PM)

I'll take that bet John. He's only 16 points out of 20th now. If he wins twice, he'll be in the top 20.

Mark (Toronto)

Can you explain how a car that passes pre-race inspection can fail post race inspection? Do they check for different things?

Terry Blount
  (2:22 PM)

In Brad's case Sunday, it's because a part broke and caused the car to measure too low after the race.

Andy (USA)

You ready to give the Kentucky race another chance in person?

Terry Blount
  (2:22 PM)

Already did last year are praised them enormously for all their efforts at improving the problems.

Andrew (Independence)

Regarding double-file restarts, what are your thoughts on having either one of the first row cars (1st or 2nd place) restarting the race instead of having issues like we seen at Dover? It could eliminate judgment calls from NASCAR.

Terry Blount
  (2:25 PM)

My idea is simple. The leader gets a few feet advantage on the car next him. But no one can accelerate until the flagman waves the green. If the second place car beats the leader to the line, so be it. If the flagman believes someone jumped the start, throw the yellow, go back around a do it over. No penalty unless the same guy jumps the restart twice.

Mark (Toronto)

Ok follow up then. How can a team be penalized for a part breaking? No one gets fined for a blown tire or blown engine.

Terry Blount
  (2:26 PM)

A blown tire isn't a violation. NASCAR doesn't judge intent. A team could deliberately set up a part to fail after a certain number of laps, then say after the race it was an accident.

Michael (Mercer, PA)

Is it just me or did anyone else see Stewart's crew with Budweiser while in Victory Lane? Is that a hint as to 2014 or am I just reading way too much into the whole thing?

Terry Blount
  (2:27 PM)

Great observation Michael. I noticed that, as well, and thought the same thing.

Larry (IL)

Your top 5 drivers and a darkhorse for Pocono?

Terry Blount
  (2:28 PM)

Hamlin, JJ, Kenseth, Gordon and Logano. Darkhorse _ Ambrose.

Seth (NC)

When do the #2 penalities/fines come down? You expect Woolfe to get another 6 race suspension since he's already on probation?

Terry Blount
  (2:29 PM)

No, nothing that severe. It would be today, maybe tomorrow. But I expert a minor slap of 6 points and probation.

KKaufman4888 (Indiana)

Kurt may be a different person on camera but I heard from my friend Lillian that he's still a radio sweetheart, have you heard this?

Terry Blount
  (2:30 PM)

Kurt gets mad on the radio. A lot of drivers do. But for the most part, he's been a model citizen this season.

Michael (Atlanta)

How many more years do you think Gordon will drive for and who could possibly replace him down the road.

Terry Blount
  (2:31 PM)

Too early to say and Jeff isn't quitting anytime soon. Probably will race at least three more years.

Andrew (W. Kentucky)

Terry, do you think it will be good for NASCAR to take a stand vs. cup drivers in the feeder series by banning cup drivers from the July 24th Eldora truck race so cup guys like Stewart, Kahne, Kes and Rowdy don't steal all the attention from the truck regulars?

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

The Eldora race is a special event that very unique. I know some Cup guys want to try it. I don't have a giant problem with that, but I hope a Trucks regular wins it.

Herb (NC)

so, how boring can we expect the race at Pocono be?

Terry Blount
  (2:33 PM)

Honestly, the Pocono races have been pretty good lately since they shortened the races to 400 miles.

Michael G. (California)

Who wins a championship first? Hamlin, Ky. Busch, or Edwards?

Kristin (NYC)

Which Truck driver, other than Ty Dillon will be the next to move up to Nationwide?

Terry Blount
  (2:35 PM)

Probably James Buescher.

Jeremy L. (South Hill, VA)

Lost in the discussion from this past weekend's action in Dover was the (yet again) large number of empty seats. Perhaps it's because empty seats have become a fixture of the track, but is there anything in the windtunnel of rumors about moving a race out of Dover? I honestly don't know what they could do differently, by all accounts they provide for one of the most terriffic fan experiences on the circuit, next to Martinsville. Minus the fiasco at the gates this Sunday, I really am at a loss as to what they can do so I don't see another solution aside from taking away a race.

Terry Blount
  (2:38 PM)

I think Dover should have won race and its other Cup date should go to Iowa. But I think most tracks should have only one Cup date.

Kurtis (Houston, TX)

I know Sonoma is 2 weeks away, but do you think Kurt is going to be a popular pick there? Also, other than the restrictor plate races, have Sonoma/Glen became 2 of the best races on the schedule?

Terry Blount
  (2:39 PM)

The road races have been great in recent years. It will be interesting to see how the Gen-6 affects that. I think Ambrose is the favorite at every road race.

Lambert (PA)

Who reaches the 30 win plateau first in Cup? Kyle Busch (26 wins) or Kenseth (27 wins)?

Terry Blount
  (2:40 PM)

I'll take Matt.

Scott (Charlotte)

When it comes to the Nationwide and Truck series I think NASCAR should be like Game of Thrones. Concentrate on story lines and not the stars. GoT is not afraid to put the sword to anyone!

Terry Blount
  (2:41 PM)

Scott, I'm done with GoT after Sunday. That ending was brutal. Killing off all the good people doesn't do it for me, and stabbing a pregnant women to death was a step too far.

Travis Copeland (Spokane)

OK, this is getting to be rediculous, 17 blown Toyota engines. How concerned are the Gibbs and MWR camps going foward, and this weekend at Pocono?

Terry Blount
  (2:43 PM)

They better be very concerned. But it should be noted that only six of those failures are the TRD engines that Gibbs and Waltrip's teams use. Nevertheless, it's too many and something has to change.

Wally (Colorado)

Hi Terry, why should teams bother developing young, up coming drivers when guys like Gordon, Stewart, Burton, Labonte, Kenseth, Biffle, Mark Martin hang around forever keeping good rides from young drivers?

Terry Blount
  (2:43 PM)

You always have to develop young drivers. Father Time marches on and the end comes for every driver.

Big Wheel Hawaii (Devil's Island)

Terry,,, Ford seems to be struggling, what is the "word" in the garage area or other teams, is it "Aero",,, Engine,,, or "Both"... Some think some of Ford's difficulty is in the front end, maybe the grill area... Latest word,,,,

Terry Blount
  (2:45 PM)

They don't really know, but the grill area would be a major concern because that's something you can't change without NASCAR approval.

Michael G. (California)

I see my question up there but no answer. So here's a re-post: Who wins a championship first? Hamlin, Ky. Busch, or Edwards?

Terry Blount
  (2:47 PM)

Sorry Michael. My bad. And it's a great question. I'll go with Kyle if he concentrates on Cup and learns to manage races a little better.

Adam C (Vermont)

Terry, Hamlin had a solid run at Dover but not the finish to show for it. Think he's still got a good shot to make the chase?

Terry Blount
  (2:49 PM)

Dover really hurt him Adam. But he's great at Pocono, so a win Sunday would put him right back where he needs to be. He's also very good a Loudon, which is a month away. I'm not counting him out yet.

Ron (OH)

Kyle was 1st or 2nd in laps lead for '11, '12 & '13. He was worse than 22nd for laps completed. Sounds like a driver who doesn't know how to manage his car.

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

That's my point Ron, although some of those results were things out of his hands, like engine failures. Kyle is an enormous talent. But sometimes it better to ease up a nothc and save it for when it matters. He actually did that Friday in the Truck race at Dover, and admitted it after he won.

Ned (SC)

Have Larson, Wallace, Blaney, Elliott taken the thunder from the Diloon's being the next big drivers in NASCAR?

Terry Blount
  (2:51 PM)

No, but Cup stars winning in the feeder leagues is taking the thunder away from all of them.

Keith H (Seattle)

Terry, I still think Montoya did a bit of hoodwinking to Jimmie on the restart. It looked to me like Jimmie just got a good old fashioned hole shot. What am I missing?

Terry Blount
  (2:52 PM)

Maybe so, maybe not. But gamesmanship on restarts in nothing new, and something JJ has done a few times himself.

Justin (Northern Virginia)

With Joe Gibbs coming in ninth of all time greatest NFL coaches on ESPN this week I figured now would be the best time to ask this question. Will Joe Gibbs be put in the NASCAR Hall of Fame as an owner?

Terry Blount
  (2:53 PM)

Probably so at some point, but way on down the road.

Adam C (Vermont)

Speaking of Loudon, to shake up the schedule a little bit, wouldn't it be interesting to see Loudon lose a race and send one up across the border to Montreal? I feel like it's a win-win. You keep a race up North, add another road course, and even open up the international demographic. Thoughts?

Terry Blount
  (2:55 PM)

I would love to see Montreal get a Cup race, but not at Loudon's expense. New Hampshire does a good job of selling almost all the seats for both of its races.

Baseballman (Florida)

On turn 4, why didn't you guys ask the NNW regulars what they think about cup drivers in their series? Seems they are in favor of it?

Terry Blount
  (2:56 PM)

All NW regulars will say publicly they enjoy racing against the Cup stars and seeing what they do. But privately, the NW guys want to win and they NW teams want the Cup guys to stop taking away their purse money.

Joe (Troy, NY)

Do you foresee Ryan Newman getting a job with one of the major garages this off season?

Terry Blount
  (2:57 PM)

There's aren't many rise available with major teams. He didn't help his chances Sunday by deliberately wrecking Gilliland and wrecking himself in the process.

Steven (Kingsport)

Just got here, top 5 all time without Pearson?

Terry Blount
  (2:58 PM)

You're right. Pearson for sure is top 5. Some might argue the best ever because he rarely raced the whole season.

Mike (VA)

When are the greedy track owners going to give up some money and put SAFER barriers all around the track?

Terry Blount
  (2:59 PM)

It's very expensive, but I agree. No exposed concrete walls. Put the barrier in front of them. Period.

Terry Blount
  (3:01 PM)

Gotta run folks. I'm off to lovely Pocono Thursday to see how things go on the tricky triangle. Have a great week. Peace.