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NASCAR Tech Talk: Air Flow, Pit Strategy And Driver Comfort

NASCAR Tech Talk: Air Flow, Pit Strategy And Driver Comfort

Matt Puccia is on the pit box for his fourth year in the Cup Series with Greg Biffle. They have been in the mix all season for a Chase spot, and while they haven’t scored a win to “lock” themselves in, the team is keeping close to the “points bubble” in order to make the postseason either way. After some rough times this season, a down year for Roush Fenway Racing the duo appears to be making progress. After a ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Tyler Reddick – Trucks, Super Dirt Late Models and Mini Outlaw Sprint Karts

Beyond the Cockpit with Tyler Reddick – Trucks, Super Dirt Late Models and Mini Outlaw Sprint Karts

Tyler Reddick has been making the transition to asphalt for a couple of years. At 16, he made his first NASCAR start in the K&N East Series at Rockingham Speedway. He came home with the win. He also had a top 10 in one of the two ARCA series races he ran that year. The transition has been slow, but this season he is running several races for Brad Keselowski Racing. Last Wednesday, he was in the Mudsummer Classic at ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Key Moment – The Brickyard 400 saw multiple fuel strategies jumble the field early in the race. A long green flag run from lap 25 through lap 69 had some teams pit and return to the track, while others were not quite in the window they were hoping for. When the yellow flag flew for Danica Patrick’s car stopping in turn one after having a failure in the rear of the car leaving her pit stall, the caution period caught ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson for Indianapolis – Tire concerns, Two Grooves and Today’s Car Compared to 1992′s

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson for Indianapolis – Tire concerns, Two Grooves and Today’s Car Compared to 1992′s

The Cup Series is heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for the 20th Anniversary of the Brickyard 400. The race at the legendary speedway has propelled many drivers to a series title and has also made a career for some others. Tony Gibson has been there for all 20 of them and he’s seen both the good and the bad. He’s also been around for the evolution of race cars from simple, raw machines to the sophisticated speed demons ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Key Moment – The dramatic changes to the Chase format announced in Charlotte during the 2014 Media Tour continue to be the key moment of the season. The “win and you’re in” philosophy is permeating the garage, and there have been obvious strategic decisions, during the season, altered by the fact that a team already has a win and is virtually locked into the Chase. Outside of the frenetic racing on restarts, it doesn’t seem to have greatly changed the ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Elliott’s Win, INDYCAR’s No-Win Situation and Upcoming Eldora

Pace Laps: Elliott’s Win, INDYCAR’s No-Win Situation and Upcoming Eldora

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Doug Randolph for Eldora: Shaker Screens, Truck Arms, Tear-Offs and Track Moisture

Tech Talk with Doug Randolph for Eldora: Shaker Screens, Truck Arms, Tear-Offs and Track Moisture

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend and, for the second year in a row, the Truck Series is headed to Eldora Speedway for the only NASCAR national touring series race on dirt. Last year there were many lessons learned and this year will certainly hold more. In an effort to understand some of them, Tech Talk visits this week with Doug Randolph, the crew chief for Tyler Reddick this coming week at the Mudsummer Classic. Randolph has ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – New Hampshire – Keselowski Turns the Competition Redd

Thinkin’ Out Loud – New Hampshire – Keselowski Turns the Competition Redd

Key Moment - The Penske cars were both strong at New Hampshire, with Brad Keselowski being the strongest. Joey Logano was looking better as the race progressed and seemed to be poised to make Keselowski earn his win when the the two teammates caught Morgan Shepherd to put him yet another lap down. Shepherd slid up in the corner as Logano went past and wrecked the second place runner out of the event. From then on it was a foregone ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Sizes Up New Hampshire, JGR At Halfway

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Sizes Up New Hampshire, JGR At Halfway

The best laid plans of mice and men can go up in smoke and sparks at the turn of a wheel at Daytona. Just 20 laps into the Coke Zero 400, the day for Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 team got ruined when they were caught up in the first big wreck of the day. They persevered, nursing a damaged car to one lap down in 20th place while several others got sent to the garage. That kept the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Does Rain Fill Help NASCAR Find New Fans?

This weekend’s activities at Daytona bordered on the biblical, with Mother Nature more concerned about flooding instead of full-fledged NASCAR competition. Final Cup practice was rained out, the Nationwide race was delayed and the Cup race was postponed to Sunday. That caused an extensive amount of on-air time with nothing but the Air Titan, a bunch of bored drivers and talking analysts as the main choices to show live, at the track for both FOX Sports 1 and TNT. Not ... Read More »