There are few things I enjoy more than sifting through the mailbag and answering questions from the people dedicated to NASCAR.
Thank you to all who participated. Feel free to chime in if you agree or disagree. Most important, if you believe you have a better idea or solution, I want to hear it!
— Anthony Spooner (@NoDakSpoon) April 17, 2018
You have to start with Clint Bowyer, who ended a long winless streak — a popular victory among NASCAR fans.
Austin Dillon winning the Daytona 500 was a huge upset, but one celebrated heartily by those loyal to the No. 3.
I’ve been impressed with Ryan Blaney, because he has outrun his teammates with a new team.
@RickyCravenESPN Hendrick Chevy’s are showing signs of life, Kyle Larson is knocking on the door if he could ever shake the tough breaks. Your opinion whose the Chevy team/driver that’s gonna emerge as a challenger to the 18 and 4? #AskRicky
— Kyle Chafin (@KyleChafin88) April 17, 2018
There is no question in my mind Kyle Larson will contend for the title this year.
@RickyCravenESPN I guess this is more rhetorical than anything else. When are the teams going to start accepting some of the responsibility for these ‘faulty’ pit guns? Just because you didn’t give it the extra umph doesn’t make it faulty. #AskRicky
— Martha Donovan (@hilndgirl) April 17, 2018
So I can’t differentiate between extra oomph and inferior equipment, but I do feel strongly that NASCAR should not have accepted the responsibility of controlling pit-stop equipment. Here’s why:
• NASCAR will never be praised for how well the guns work, but it will always be criticized when one fails.
• The argument that it will save teams money is a bit misleading. I understand the methodology of these teams, having been a team owner: If you save money in one area, you spend it in another.
Real money can be saved by prohibiting components or tools — the wind tunnel, for example, which is an enormous expense that forces teams to constantly alter the way they manufacture their race cars.
If I were NASCAR, I would want to be out of the pit-gun business as soon as possible.
Is it just me or is Fox sports race coverage way overdoing the young guns story. So far Blaney is the only one that contends every week.
— marlon smith (@DarksideLeader) April 17, 2018
The young talent gives us reason to be optimistic, but the next great NASCAR driver will probably emerge the same way most of the others have. It won’t be obvious until after it happens.
I must say, I have enjoyed Fox’s analyst trio of Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip this year. I truly believe they’ve hit their stride together.
These are brand-name, championship drivers, and we’re going to miss them when they’re gone.