A: I think Sorenson simply was on old tires.
A: I haven't heard that.
A: If Junior did spin himself out, it was a risky move given the speeds here. It's not like when he did at Bristol. He could have taken a huge points hit.
A: Several teams have gone to short-track brake systems here.
A: As far as I know, Coors is still a Ganassi sponsor.
A: Sometimes clearing the air does a lot of good. This one, as you said, helped both drivers.
A: For now, Kurt Busch is that fast.
A: No, the Chase is set ONLY by driver points, NOT owner points. It's that way now and it's always been that way.
A: The Gordon issue is still being debated. I'm sure we'll hear more in the next couple of days about the scoring and the loops. Gordon is claiming NASCAR is looking at the loop AFTER he spun, not before. FYI, Gordon said he's been cleared to compete in both the Cup and Busch races next week at Watkins Glen. We'll see.
A: Thanks for the question. No owner points do NOT figure into the Chase at all. Mark Martin was just trying to show how well his team was running.
A: Thanks for asking. When the yellow comes out, scoring reverts to the last electronic check point called a scoring loop. Ambrose was the leader at the last scoring lap prior to the flag coming out.
A: For all your Robby Gordon questions: Fans, since we're talking about the same incident, I'm going to answer these questions collectively. I spoke with a NASCAR official who told me the reason the race was not red-flagged is that NASCAR sent multiple directives to Gordon to park, and they expected him to comply. They also thought it would be unfair to other competitors to completely halt the race. The reason NASCAR suspended Gordon today and could suspend him for additional races is that his action showed extremely flagrant disregard for NASCAR's authority, and that cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Gordon did make a clean pass of Ambrose, but he roughed him up pretty good earlier.
A: Daniel: Thanks for being here. Unlike under race conditions, the teams are allowed to work on their cars when the red is displayed during practice.
A: Who pays the fines is up to each team, but usually ends up being the owner. And the fine money gets put into the points fun, so ultimately it goes to the drivers.
A: Welcome. No, no, no!!! There is NOTHING AT ALL to the Kasey Kahne - Paris Hilton rumors. No romance at all, just an arranged publicity stunt that brought them together.
A: Welcome to FOX. You've got to remember, it's only in the last 10-15 years or so that NASCAR's popularity has truly exploded nationally. I think they wanted to cover their bases in the United States before heading to Canada. That said, Brian France has already been to China to look at some NASCAR opportunities there, and NASCAR's also visited Europe, so the sky's the limit.
A: Thanks for the question. Anything's possible, I suppose, though I've not heard any rumors to that effect.
A: Hello. Mark Martin has not released his 2008 schedule, but he's indicated he plans to run roughly the same number of races next year.
A: Thanks for being with us. In his last four Pocono races, Kyle Petty's finished 42nd, 40th, 30th and 41st. He hasn't finished in the top 10 here since 1997. So even though Petty Enterprises is running better, he's going to be challenged to do well on Sunday.
A: Hello and welcome. It is indeed your and my tax dollars that sponsor Mark Martin, and from what I learned today, the U.S. Army will be back on his car next year, too.
A: You raise a good point, but the relative proximity of Pocono and Montreal to one another makes it a fairly easy commute. Besides, it's easier to attract Cup drivers to an early season off-weekend than one in the mid-season.
A: Thanks for the question. Honestly, 1,500-pound open-wheel racers handle street courses much better than 3,400-pound stock cars. On top of that, there are huge infrastructure concerns: How do you pit 43 cars on a street course? Where do you put 150,000 fans? And on and on and on. It's one of those things that sounds good on paper, but would be hard to make work in practice.
A: Welcome to FOX. Chip Ganassi could put Kevin Hamlin in a Busch car, but he chooses not to, because he wants to focus his efforts on his Cup team.
A: Happy weekend, Jo! Here's the skinny on the Ginn layoffs: http://www.speedtv.com/articles/nascar/nextel/39183/.
A: Excellent question. The single biggest thing that Ray Evernham's sale of a majority interest in Evernham Motorsports will do is allow Ray to concentrate on the thing he loves most making race cars go fast. I foresee a strong rebound for this team in 2008.
A: Welcome to FOX. Probation is very loosely defined and it simply serves notice that if a driver acts up again, NASCAR may take more punitive action for the next offense. To the best of my knowledge, no driver has been held out of a race for breaking probation.
A: Thanks for the question. NASCAR has parameters every bit as strict for engines as they do for car bodies. In a sense, engines are held to common templates, just as bodies are. NASCAR wants all the cars and engines to be equal and therefore not a determining factor in who wins or loses. That's the real agenda behind the Car of Tomorrow.
A: Excellent question. The fact that Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker are publicly saying she's looking for a ride tells me she doesn't have anything lined up. My guess is she'll land in a Craftsman Truck or Busch Series ride, but with who remains to be seen.
A: I'll check on that at the track, but it's the first I've heard of it. You have to remember, the racetrack is a competitive, emotional place. This kind of stuff goes on all the time, and drivers can be furious on the track and have forgotten about it by the time they get home that night. I don't think long-term there's an issue.
A: Thanks for the question. A DEI-Ginn Racing transition committee is deciding right now what to do with everyone on the newly merged teams, including the drivers. I'll check at Pocono Friday morning about what's going on and will tell you what I know then.
A: Greetings! Folks from Evernham Motorsports told me that the team had based all of their R&D this season off some fundamentally wrong calculations made earlier this season. They thought that by going back to the 2006 car, they'd be better at Indy, and they were in practice. But they got it very wrong in the race, and Kasey was upset that he was so far back in the field when he got caught in the crash.
A: Thanks for the question. No, I don't think that's a good idea at all. You know why? Because teams would then try to buy drivers out of contracts and tilt the balance of power even further. Remember when Elliott Sadler jumped ship in mid-season from Yates to Evernham? You'd see that happen regularly, and that wouldn't be good for anyone.
A: Hello, Holly and welcome! The spray stuff of which you speak is ether. It helps stalled cars start.