A: Derek and Jay, Even I don't have answers for how this race was officiated. Had they gone green-white-checkered, Biffle would have run out of gas. It was a woeful day, in my opinion.
A: Stewart ran into the back of Truex which led to a cut tire. And, no, this shouldn't have been restarted.
Editor's note: After three quick cautions following the red flag, the race was shortened to 210 laps.
Editor's note: When NASCAR removed the red flag, they said they would run the race until lap 225 so crew chiefs could plan their strategy.
A: As I understand it, there are 23 cars on the lead lap. Beyond that, we'll have to see what happens when NASCAR gets this thing under way. I'm waiting for an explanation myself.
A: NASCAR has not given us any indication of how long the race will go or when they'll flag it.
A: Yes, it's possible the race will be restarted and shortened.
A: According to his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, three to four laps.
A: You can't do that. A lot of fans can't make it to rainouts on Monday because of work and/or travel obligations. People come from all over the country to these races and rainouts play havoc with travel plans. And here's the thing - the rain is the same for everyone. If one team plans and reacts better to rain, they deserve to win.
A: Thanks for being a loyal reader. NASCAR can do whatever they want, but such a move would be wildly unfair to teams, especially with a championship at stake. They will have run the COT at 16 races this year and that's plenty to know what it needs for next year.
A: I've not heard that being mentioned as a possibility.
A: Earnhardt ran over the back of Kyle Busch. He didn't do it on purpose, but Busch had a right to be mad. There's no good excuse for that.
A: Art Harris is back with the No. 55 team this week. He fortunately wasn't seriously injured.
A: Thanks for the question. I think Juan Pablo Montoya is about where most people figured he'd be. Right now, he's 19th in points, has won a race
and finished second at the Brickyard. He's also ahead of both of his teammates in points and is the driver to win for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates since 2002. On balance, I'd say that's good. I think it's unfair to compare him to Hamlin, because Joe Gibbs Racing is better than Ganassi's team.
A: Great point. I think that along with keeping the Petty name is one of the key points that will have to be resolved if the deal is to go forward.
A: Which Nextel Cup Series team do I think will sponsor J.C Penney's Department Store will sponsor in 2008? Honestly, I don't know. I will say this among the teams looking for additional sponsors are DEI, Yates Racing, Robby Gordon and Michael Waltrip.
A: It's green flag time, Jo! I don't expect that to happen, but if it did, I think you'd be more likely to see Junior in a third Haas/CNC than a fifth Hendrick car. Haas/CNC is a satellite Hendrick team after all.
A: Thanks for the question. I do not consider uttering an obscenity when you think you're off-camera as the same type of infraction as failing to pass inspection. I think they are different in severity and deserve to be treated as such.
A: Welcome. Yup, the backup has to go through inspection, too.
A: Hello and thanks for coming back. Franchitti is still under contract with Andretti-Green and the last I heard has not formally signed with Ganassi.
A: Right on, Brother! Let drivers race. Period. The qualities you need to drive a race car at 200 mph - bravery, skill, intensity, confidence and
talent - have nothing to do with good manners. And I can't stand it when guys are all PC and namby pamby. Championships should be decided in the car with a driver's hands, eyes and feet, not outside the car with his tongue.
A: Great point. Team orders shouldn't determine who wins. The problem is enforcement. How would you enforce the rule and know you were getting right every time? What objective criteria could you use to prove it?
A: Thanks for the question. There's no NASCAR rule that prevents a team from running cars from two different brands of car. What would prevent it are the manufacturer's contracts, which are pretty much iron clad. JGR is under contract with Chevrolet and can't build any Camrys or have any Toyota engines or parts in the shop until after the 2007 season is complete. And that will handicap them a little at the start of next year, because the other teams are already working on their 2008 packages.
Editor's note: SPEED's 'NASCAR RaceDay' reported Tony Stewart won't be penalized for an obscenity uttered on live television Saturday because he didn't say ithe word in an interview setting.
A: Thanks for the question. My guess and it's just a guess is that NASCAR will not penalize Stewart with points. But that's purely a guess. Personally, I think it would be a travesty if the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship was decided because of something someone said on pit road on a Saturday, instead of what people did on the track on Sunday.
A: Welcome to FOX. I think I answered your question already when I answered Aaron's question. I don't think this incident was worthy of a points fine.
A: Good observation. In theory, yes, NASCAR should have caught Busch's intake manifold prior to the race. But if it was, in fact, illegal, better to catch it after the race instead of not catching it at all.
A: Hello there. It is the nature of car owners to play politics and lobby and few are more skillful at it than Jack Roush. I feel like the penalty to Edwards was completely fair and appropriate.
A: Happy weekend! I have not heard anything about NASCAR sitting anyone down except Tony Raines and Robby Gordon last Sunday morning. They wrecked in the Dover Busch race and NASCAR wanted to make sure the hard feelings which still exist didn't manifest themselves in the Cup race. NASCAR does a pretty good job of keeping the drivers under control and if they see anything else, I'm sure they will step in.
A: Thanks for the observations. The biggest concern in NASCAR for me isn't the COT; it's that in five years we're only going to have 11 or 12 teams with four cars each and most of them will be owned by rich investors, not racers.
A: Welcome. Jacques Villeneuve will drive the Bill Davis Racing No. 27.
A: Try www.northerntool.com.
A: Great point. Despite the struggles Toyota has endured in its first season in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, it's only a matter of time before another foreign automaker comes in. But whether it's Honda, Hyundai, Volkswagen or someone else remains to be seen.
A: Welcome to FOX and another great weekend of racing. I do expect Sam Hornish to race at Florida, as he was testing at Kentucky Speedway this week in preparation for that race. Franchitti's plans are less clear, as he is still under contract with Andretti-Green Racing and was not able to test at Talladega as planned.
A: Thanks for the question. The reason Edwards was slapped with a 25-point penalty was that his car was too low in post-race inspection at Dover, period. The reason the penalty was not a lot bigger say, 100 points is that NASCAR found no improper modification or deliberate attempt to skirt the rules. Had NASCAR, for example, found the car was too low because the shocks had been tampered with, I'm sure the penalty would have been much more severe.
A: Thanks for being with us. If a Petty Enterprises car wins the pole, absolutely the driver and the team get to keep it. What they DON'T get is a spot in next year's Bud Shootout or the bonus money for winning the pole.
A: Hey, there. We have this discussion every year about this time. I'm totally on the same page with you on this. There are five 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase Kansas, Lowe's, Texas, Atlanta and Homestead which to me is about two or three more than we need. But NASCAR shows no signs of changing the schedule to include a road course, which I'd love to see.
A: Thanks for the observation. Does that surprise you? Carl Edwards is racing to become a series champion. Biffle is not. While in general I dislike team orders, I'm not at all surprised by them under the circumstances.
A: Thanks for dropping by. I think the answer is pretty simple the car has to meet certain specific measurements after the race. If it doesn't, the team is penalized, period. It doesn't matter who is at fault. If the car doesn't measure up, NASCAR can't ignore it. Can you imagine the outrage if Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson won the last race at Homestead and took the championship, only to flunk inspection and have NASCAR do nothing? There would riots in the streets.
A: Welcome to FOX. According to the official post-race NASCAR penalty report, Dale Jarrett was indeed sent to the tail end of the longest line after a tire got away from his crew during a pit stop on Lap 77.
A: Hello. Glad you could be here. The total amount shown for each driver at each race actually consists of winnings from a number of different sources the racing purse; television money; so-called "plan" money that NASCAR pays out to a number of teams based on performance; and a whole slew of individual race contingency programs such as the Bud Pole Award, the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award, the Commit Lozenges Commit to Win Award and a bunch of others. And not every team choses to be eligible for every award. Petty Enterprises, for example, is a staunchly anti-alcohol organization and doesn't carry the Bud Pole decal necessary to be eligible for the Bud Pole Award each race.
A: Hi there. If Jeremy Mayfield has a ride for next season yet, I've not heard of it and don't know. Last I heard, he was still looking.