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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 »

NASCAR Tech Talk – Danica’s Tony Gibson On Sonoma Setup & Execution

NASCAR Tech Talk – Danica’s Tony Gibson On Sonoma Setup & Execution

Heading to a road course is a different race preparation from any other race on the schedule. The cars have to be set up to run in a straight line where they are designed to naturally turn on ovals. Shocks and springs are designed to bear the load equally vs. the uneven rates of springs on ovals. The fuel mileage strategy has been part of the equation since Geoff Bodine taught the series how to run the races from back ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

The No. 20 team was faced with some very difficult circumstances this past weekend at Pocono. Their car was severely damaged early in the race, through contact with Jamie McMurray and they were forced to make extensive band-aid repairs to try and get their car to the finish. Remarkably, driver Matt Kenseth was not only able to limp home, despite a mashed-up front end but he did so while staying on the lead lap. While the points don’t matter like ... Read More »

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Pocono Shifting, Ride Height and Pavement

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Pocono Shifting, Ride Height and Pavement

The No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team makes the most of every dime they have. Scoring strong finishes goes a long way both mentally and monetarily for the whole organization. Even when the finish doesn’t match the ability of the effort, small victories can be claimed. Sunday was one of those days. Michael Annett was running in the mid-teens and poised for the best finish of the season before a shock mount broke. The team rallied and got the car ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion Explains How To Tackle Kansas Under The Lights

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion Explains How To Tackle Kansas Under The Lights

Kevin “Bono” Manion is working hard to gain some experience for Michael Annett and his No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team. A 16th-place finish at Talladega was a much-needed, solid run for the group, which is now ready to hit Kansas with some momentum. The organization may have few amenities compared to its bigger rivals, like Hendrick Motorsports but they’re able to still go toe-to-toe every week, these “Davids” of the NASCAR garage coming within tenths of a second per lap of ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson: Taking Stock Of Danica Patrick In Year Two

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson: Taking Stock Of Danica Patrick In Year Two

A week off is a very rare gem for NASCAR crew chiefs. This past week, Danica Patrick head wrench Tony Gibson took full advantage of the hole in the schedule to get away and get dirty. He spent time with family and friends riding off-road vehicles in Georgia, time off the grid which helped him recharge the batteries. He’s now ready to take on the next three months with no break until before Indianapolis in July. This week in Tech Talk, Gibson ... Read More »

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tommy Baldwin racing continues to chase the dream on a fraction of the budget of the big race teams. A strategy call that goes wrong can cost them half a dozen positions on the race track and that can drop them into the perilous ‘must qualify on time’ area of the point standings. However, the little team that could is still comprised of racers who are in this business for the right reasons. As they continue to chase the dream, ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Matt Puccia On Martinsville, Aero, And Tires For Texas

Tech Talk: Matt Puccia On Martinsville, Aero, And Tires For Texas

Matt Puccia has been on the pit box for Greg Biffle since the middle of 2012. He’s had success on Intermediate tracks with recent car configurations, and the team seems to be getting their hands around the new ride height rules and the myriad of options that opens up for them. He wasn’t as aggressive at Martinsville as some but he was able to put his driver at the point for several laps early in the race, which hasn’t happened ... Read More »