A: 21 cautions, set today.
A: It's not that simple - sometimes decisions fall your way, sometimes they don't. And sometimes the driver ignores the crew chief's orders or talks him out of it. Not saying that's what happened here, but Zippy's track record over his career speaks for itself.
A: Yes, the sun does affect the drivers and make it hard for them to see. I think most of us wish the races would start earlier, but they start when TV wants them to.
A: I'm sure of nothing when it comes to Yates this year. I am hearing some of the No. 38 guys are headed to JGR, but beyond that, with this bunch anything is possible.
A: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
A: A fifth of the way into the race, Blaney made contact with Denny Hamlin, who suffered a tire rub. It may have affected the No. 22 as well. He had a broken rear gear that put him off the track for 66 laps.
A: Teams pick their pits based on the order they qualify. If you win the pole, you get the first pick in the pits.
A: I agree. There should be bonus points for winning in the Chase to discourage points racing.
A: If you mean tight in handling, I think that's a side effect, not an intent.
A: Happy Sunday! The last I heard, which was midweek, Richie Gilmore was still recovering. I don't have an update beyond that. And, yes, I've heard the Red Bull rumors, but at that point, that's all I've heard are rumors nothing of substance.
A: Thanks for the question. This year, the reality is, it doesn't matter what the points system is, the three guys out front Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer have been head and shoulders above everyone else and would still be out front. Besides, why should there be two totally different point systems for NASCAR's regular season and playoffs?
A: It's been a tough couple of years for Yates fans. The good news for next year is that they will be running cars built by Roush Fenway Racing.
A: Welcome. I think David Stremme will land somewhere in the Sprint Cup Series in the next year or so. Even if he doesn't have a ride to start 2008, he could get a ride in midseason, when inevitably there will be some turnover.
A: There are no dumb questions here. But if you don't make the race, you don't get to practice.
A: Hello. Yes, you are absolutely correct about what Petty Enterprises has done historically in the Busch Series. While they are attempting to get Chad McCumbee in a Nationwide Series ride next season, it likely will be through a partnership with another team, not a Petty Enterprises car. That said, plans could change.
A: Thanks for the question. I've heard nothing about the Pettys entering the Busch Series, and I don't expect them to.
A: Hello. Michael Waltrip told me last weekend at Charlotte that the team has not finalized the driver lineup or the sponsorship for the No. 00 next year. It wouldn't surprise me if that seat rotated among a couple of drivers, but the reason that Ginn and DEI did the split schedule is Martin wanted it. I can't think of a veteran who would like to run part-time in a third Waltrip car.
A: Welcome. The team owner pays the crew.
A: Thanks. NASCAR will make some changes next year the Car of Tomorrow will be used in every race and it would not surprise me to see a tweak or two to the qualifying system, but there are no adjustments I'm aware of or even being discussed to help a specific manufacturer.
A: Thanks for joining us this weekend. Of the rides that remain open, the No. 21 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford might be available, as well as the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge, and maybe a slot at Haas/CNC Racing to go with Scott Riggs. MWR already has a lengthy list of guys for the No. 00, including Jeremy Mayfield, Johnny Benson, Josh Wise and Michael McDowell. And, no, there are no primo free agents left.
A: Welcome. I did not hear Tony Stewart's radio comments, so I can't really address them. I've heard no rumblings about David Ragan being replaced, as he's run about as well as one would expect a rookie to run, especially with a virtually all-new crew. As far as Newman and Biffle, it's way too early to start speculating. An awful lot can happen between now and next spring that could radically alter everyone's thinking about staying or going.
A: Thanks for the question. A hearing on a host of pre-trial motions is scheduled for Nov. 19 in U.S. District Court in Covington, Ky., with trial set for March 4, 2008. I don't think anyone knows what the implications will be until the case either goes to court or is settled.
A: Great question. After receiving your inquiry, I contacted Marcy Scott, the very capable P.R. person at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and this is what she told me: "The only way it will impact us here is team transporters and motorcoaches will not be allowed to wash their vehicles as they normally do on our property."
A: Hello. If Steve Hmiel has a destination yet, he hasn't shared it. Obviously, we'll be following up on the story in the days ahead. Why is everyone leaving DEI now? I would imagine many felt personal loyalty to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Or, it could be that guys want to work on a championship team, and since the No. 8 will have two part-time drivers next year, by definition it won't compete for a title.
A: Thanks for the kind words. NASCAR won't farm out car building to independent companies. It would ruin the sport, and they know it.
A: Welcome to FOX. I'll make this answer short and to the point. When was the last time Tony Stewart had on-track contact and said it was his fault? The other thing is, he and Menard have some history, which I'm sure is coloring his views somewhat.
A: Hey, there. No word yet on a number or sponsor for Regan Smith. Expect an announcement within a month.
A: Hello. The only team owner who I've heard say that Jeremy Mayfield is a candidate for his Cup seat his Michael Waltrip, who named Mayfield, Johnny Benson, Josh Wish and several other guys as people who could end up in the No. 00 next year for at least a few races next year. My guess is that Mayfield could end up as a midyear hire somewhere next year.
A: You get the first question this week. I absolutely agree with you that non-Chasers shouldn't just move over every time one of the top 12 drivers comes up on them. On the other hand, it's so hard to pass now especially with the Car of Tomorrow that I can easily understand a Chase driver's frustration if he gets held up for 30 laps by a guy 34th in points or whatever.
A: Thanks for the question. Within the past week, Carmichael was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is forcing him to miss some motocross races. He is still listed as a development driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
A: Welcome. Will the teams with the bigger budgets eventually take over the sport with the COT? They have already! There have been 14 COT races so far. Hendrick Motorsports has won 7 COT races, Joe Gibbs Racing has won 2, Roush Fenway Racing has won 2, DEI has won 1, RCR 1 and Ganassi 1. What does that tell you? 14 races and Hendrick, Gibbs or Roush in the winner's circle 11 times already.
A: Hi, there. The first COT race on a 1.5-mile track will be at Las Vegas next March.