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We run our RacingOne Fan's Eye View segment nearly every week, an opportunity for our readers to share their opinions on whatever is on their minds. We invite you to do so at editor@racingone.com.

But my personal e-mail box at pete@racingone.com also gets a variety of interesting questions and comments, some of which I'd like to share:

Do you think Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch can get along as teammates or is this a mistake by Joe Gibbs?

Sandy Taylor
Overland Park, Kansas


It won't be easy and I'm sure there will be flare-ups along the way, but I think the three-car squad at JGR is right up their in the talent level of the entire NEXTEL Cup garage. Kyle needs someone to serve as a mentor and despite their battles in the past, which has featured some classic barbs, Stewart believe it or not, could be that person. Busch and Stewart and very similar in nature, and so is Hamlin to an extent, and I think chemistry won't be an issue with the team. However, see the next question......

Why would Gibbs take a chance on an unproven entity like Toyota and throw away all the success the team has had with Chevrolet?

Jim Parker
South Barrington, Illinois


To me that's the bigger issue with the situation. Surely there will be a boatload of money that comes with the deal, but I don't think Gibbs cares as much about that as it does about having solid equipment, something Toyota hasn't proven this year. There has to be some kind of guarantee from the manufacturer's part that things will get better or else I just can't see what JGR would make this switch. Can you imagine Tony Stewart not qualifying for races after he runs out of champions provisionals? I shidder to think about that scene.

Who is the leading contender to take over the DEI ride now that Busch is off the market?

Frank Sellars
Crown Point, Indiana


We thought it was David Stremme, who sources told us was in negotiations with DEI, but that was shot down this week (we'll save it in our files for later because as has been proven in the past, teams and PR people denying something isn't true doesn't really mean a whole lot most of the time). I can't see a young guy like Regan Smith being tabbed to pilot such a high-profile ride, but the talent pool is starting to dwindle and with seats open at DEI, RCR's fourth team and possibly Evernham's fourth entry, young guys without much Cup experience are bound to get an opportunity.

With Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek the latest of NASCAR's old school drivers getting shuffled aside, do you think it's time for a NASCAR version of a seniors circuit?

Gary Gault
Wilmington, North Carolina


I think it'd be great, but don't look for NASCAR to sanction any such thing. However there has been talk of an independent promoter putting together something for 2008 with guys like Cale Yarborough and David Pearson, running at short tracks in conjunction with Cup race weekends. With the right marketing, some TV thrown in as well, I think that would be a hit.

Pete we enjoy listening to you on the radio here in Bakersfield, do you think NASCAR will ever bring the truck series back to the short tracks it started on, like Mesa Marin here in our area?

Sandy Dugan
Bakersfield, California


I wish they would Sandy because to me, that's when the truck series was special. But it has evolved to a superspeedway series and quite frankly, I think the trucks have more of an identity problem than the Busch Series does these days. Still good racing, but lost in the shuffle of a Cup weekend and buried on SPEED.

Can you stop bashing open wheel racing already? You're a stock car guy, so leave open wheel alone.

Jack Drummond
Columbus, Indiana


Jack, I'm not just a stock car guy, I used to follow Indy Car racing before the debacle of 11 years ago. What the sport has decayed to is really depressing and I have to laugh at what the powers who run each series continue to do to not help themselves, but hurt things even more, driving droves of fans away. Do you realize the World of Outlaws, with tape-delayed races televised at 11 a.m. on Sundays this summer, got higher television ratings than live Indy Car and Champ Car events some weeks? That says it all.



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