Welcome to another “Couch Sessions” your place for some race therapy, we can talk about whatever you want and have some fun! If you would like to be on “Couch Sessions” just send me a DM on Twitter. I don’t care if you are a fan, a sponsor, a crew member, a driver, an owner, or an official. You can even be anonymous as long as you use a superhero name.
CCC: Come on in and have a seat on the couch, feel free to lay down and make yourself comfortable.
TW: Is this a therapist office?
CCC: Don’t worry, he won’t mind, he’s out of town. I told him I was going to the Koi pond expo in San Diego so he went to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong.
TW: How did you get in here then?
CCC: I had a key made after he dropped his keys… in his drawer… and went to the bathroom.
CCC: Welcome to another “Couch Sessions” with Couch Crew Chief. Today we are speaking with Tim Wheaton. Member of #AD3nation. Tim, thank you again for joining me, how long have you been a NASCAR fan?
TW: Probably since diapers and was old enough to understand that they are always turning left!
CCC: What’s the biggest difference you can see between then and now in our sport?
TW: The technology. Things are more hi-tech than they used to be by far!
CCC: It has come a crazy long way, I remember when they still had chrome bumpers! How about the racing compared to then, how much has it changed? Is it for the better or worse?
TW: I think its a little of both. Yes it’s exciting to watch. But I feel NASCAR needs to stay consistent with their rules! They always say rubbing is racing but I think it can go to far. And penalties need to be in place to keep the sport safe for the fans and the drivers.
CCC: Yes, rules are needed for sure. Which is the bigger problem lately to you as a fan, the rules they keep changing or the consistency of how they are applied?
TW: How there applied. I feel sometimes they cater to particular drivers and not for the underdog. Rookies in particular.
CCC: Speaking of particular drivers, I know you’re an Austin Dillon fan. What drew you to Austin as a driver?
TW: Actually it was the number 3. After his wreck in Daytona and his passing. It seemed like there was something missing on the track. And then when rumors started running about bring back the 3 I had mixed feelings.
CCC: I can understand the mixed feelings. I think most had them. Now in his third season of Sprint Cup competition how do you feel Austin and his team have done? How does it feel to have the 3 back on track? As a Dale Sr. fan, are you happy with how it has turned out?
TW: Austin has really matured and has made some great strides this year! And seems more focused! The Team has been very impressive. I don’t think I have seen a team with such heart and passion!
CCC: It could be measured in tons, they are really working for it. Has social media and interaction with the team more this year made you a more intense fan? Find yourself watching and wanting more?
TW: They have talked on TV about Austin and his team but I feel some things are over looked. Just like at Talladega! Austin and his team made huge strides in that race and I personally didn’t hear anything about it. I goes back to fan favorites.
TW: Austin isn’t a JR, or Harvick or any of the Busch boys. He is carving out his own name and team.
CCC: The TV really does play to certain fans. Austin is getting a little more attention, but not always for the best. I think they over-look him at times. This weekend they go to Kansas under the lights, how do you think he will do?
TW: I think Austin will do well. One thing about Austin and his team this year is they have been very consistent!
CCC: That they have. They are also a young team that hasn’t been together long. Once they have time together I think everyone had better watch out for some big time wins. Where do you think the first win will come?
TW: I think Austin and his team could win at anytime. Maybe next time Whitney can give Austin some new dance moves for when he crosses the finish line for the checkered flag. Lol.
CCC: Haha wow, you went there. That was pretty rough wasn’t it? I am glad to see him have fun out there. I think when he is confident and having fun, you’ll see that win. I would love to see it happen at Daytona or before. What do you think the biggest difference is from the last 2 years to this year?
TW: Austin is seeming to have more fun than he has in the last 2 years. He isn’t panic stricken as much as in the past. I think his team helps in that department.
CCC: I can really see that, I think Slugger has been a huge help too. Sometimes you just need someone to take charge of the chaos, even if it is the driver. Speaking of Crew Chiefs, what do you think of the returning lug nut rule and the new penalties that are attached?
TW: Well back in the day. Leaving off lug nuts was never heard of. I really think it’s a safty issue and it should be addressed. We dont want to see anyone get hurt and I think NASCAR should make the sport as safe as possible for years to come.
CCC: If you were in charge of NASCAR for one day and could make or change one rule, what would it be?
TW: Man thats a tough question. I think one thing that would help NASCAR a lot is for NASCAR to listen to the hardcore fans. Most of which are the blue collar worker spending their hard earned dollar to go with NASCAR’s high priced tickets. But I enjoy seeing the kids getting involved watching the sport.
CCC: Absolutely, the kids are the future of the sport and I think the cost to families gets too high. It’s pushing families away so fewer kids are involved. That has to change if NASCAR wants to stay as big as they are. I think that’s about all the time we have for today. Before we go, do you have anything else you’d like to add? Any message to the fans? Any encouragement for the team?
TW: Definitely! Cheer the 3! Send them that message and encourage them! They’re doing a phenomenal job as well as Austin has made some great moves like at Talladega. Moving from the back of the pack with 15 pit stops and still coming in 3rd place! Thats really unheard of! The team is really a great group of people that dont mind stopping what they’re doing just to say thanks!
CCC: Absolutely! They are great guys and great with fans. They work hard and still have time for all of us. Thank you again, Tim. If anyone wants to follow Tim on Twitter, look him up @Tpwheaton1Tim he is a great follow and great fan! Thank you again! Enjoy the race and remember; keep your nuts tight, especially the one behind the wheel.