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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 »

Tech Talk: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

Tech Talk: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing, armed with a rookie driver and a revamped program continues to improve as the season progresses. Tech Talk has followed along as Michael Annett and the team have matured, logging laps while gaining experience. Kevin Manion, the crew chief, has given us insight all year about the team’s mindset and we see more of that this week along with some great technical answers as Watkins Glen approaches. Manion revisits Pocono and the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing is continuing to show improvement most every week. This past weekend the teamy scored an 18th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway with driver Michael Annett. It was the team’s fourth Top 20 finish of the season and their best non-restrictor plate finish of the season. Crew Chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been quite candid about the goals of the team this year, and notes to Mike Neff this week in Tech Talk that ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Blick” Guides Us Through Kentucky Bumps ‘N’ Bruises

Tech Talk: “Blick” Guides Us Through Kentucky Bumps ‘N’ Bruises

Drew Blickensderfer has been on the box for Marcos Ambrose for nearly two years. He’s seen his driver come close to the elusive oval win. He’s also watched what he can do with a stock car on a road course. All the while he’s been building up his own resume as a Cup series crew chief and getting better with Ambrose behind the wheel. They’ve scored their first two Top 5s together this season. With the new Chase rules they ... Read More »