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Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

One car gets to lead the field around the track before every race and on every restart and that is the pace car. Brett Bodine has been the pace car driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2004. A quick look at the numbers means that very early next season he’ll be setting the pace for his 400th NASCAR points race. The duties of the pace car driver are much more than just keeping the field in check while ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Gene Stefanyshyn, Part II: A Look Inside the 2015 Rules Package

Tech Talk with Gene Stefanyshyn, Part II: A Look Inside the 2015 Rules Package

What follows is part two of Frontstretch’s visit with Gene Stefanyshyn, the Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development for NASCAR. Last week, we learned about the attempts to reduce horsepower, decrease downforce and driver adjustments. Stefanyshyn’s vision is to improve the racing while also improving the experience for fans and teams at the race track. This week, we explore the implementation of digital gauges and dashboards, automated officiating, and the elimination of testing. Stefanyshyn worked with more than just ... Read More »

Tech Talk Part I: Dissecting NASCAR’s New Rule Package With Gene Stefanyshyn

Tech Talk Part I: Dissecting NASCAR’s New Rule Package With Gene Stefanyshyn

Gene Stefanyshyn has been at his post since May 13, 2013. He is the Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development for NASCAR. His role is not only geared toward the development of the racing platform that the fans see on the track but also enhancing the fan experience associated with the races that NASCAR stages. He came to NASCAR from General Motors where he worked for over 30 years in a myriad of roles culminating in a position of ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

The past weekend’s race at Loudon was less than spectacular for many of the teams in the garage. While the No. 7 of Michael Annett didn’t get caught up in any of the wrecks it managed to go a couple of laps down during the early green flag runs and they were unable to get back on the lead lap thanks to some unfortunate timing of caution flags. While it wasn’t the finish they wanted it was a day where ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Making it Turn, Driving it Off & Tires that Give Up

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Making it Turn, Driving it Off & Tires that Give Up

Tony Gibson and the No. 10 team are headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway without playing a part in the Chase. They and driver Danica Patrick are still working on their own agenda to attempt to improve over last season and to try and be in contention to win a race. At the very least, certainly hope to score their first top 5 of the year. Their average starting position is up by almost nine positions over last season and their ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Get Prepped for the Chase With Kenseth Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

Tech Talk: Get Prepped for the Chase With Kenseth Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

Matt Kenseth is the top driver going into the Chase without a win this season. Ironically he was the winningest driver in 2013 in the Cup series. While the new Chase format is designed to put an emphasis on winning, it is possible to advance without winning races. The Chase was born the year after Kenseth won the 2003 title while only winning one race during the season. The possibility now exists that he could do that again or even ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Breaks Down Richmond Tires, Trends, Keys To Success

Tech Talk: “Bono” Breaks Down Richmond Tires, Trends, Keys To Success

As the series heads to Richmond for the final race of the ‘regular season’ the priorities of different teams fall all across the spectrum. While some teams are throwing caution to the wind to try and win a race to make it into the Chase, others are focused on less lofty goals, trying to score their first Top 10 of the season. The No.7 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry falls into the latter category. They have yet to put Michael Annett ... Read More »

NASCAR Tech Talk: Matt Puccia “Labors” Through Atlanta And Life On The Bubble

NASCAR Tech Talk: Matt Puccia “Labors” Through Atlanta And Life On The Bubble

It all comes down to the next two weeks for crew chief Matt Puccia, his No. 16 team and driver Greg Biffle. Their Roush Fenway Racing car is teetering on the “bubble” of making the Chase, winless but holding the last spot on points. A victory by another driver, or two bad finishes the next two weeks and they’ll spend this postseason on the outside looking in. It’s a precarious position, turning strategy into a delicate balance come Atlanta and ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Sets Up Bristol, Danica, And Updates 2015 NASCAR Testing

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Sets Up Bristol, Danica, And Updates 2015 NASCAR Testing

Tony Gibson continues to guide the ship for the No. 10 team at Stewart-Haas Racing, navigating the waters of a sophomore slump for driver Danica Patrick. Outside the top 25 in points, the Chase has become a longshot, but with 13 races left in the season this team has set specific goals that focus on continually improving, making the most of rough luck situations while strengthening their ability to persevere. Last weekend at Michigan was a perfect example, as the ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

As the Sprint Cup series heads back to Michigan International Speedway, the tires and aerodynamics of the race cars will be the big topics of discussion this week. The speeds at Michigan earlier this year were the highest we’ve seen all season. The tires used have been heavily scrutinized due to the repaving of the track, and issues encountered with the tires last season with the high speeds and lack of heat dissipation in the tires. The skins and the ... Read More »