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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 »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Fontana last Sunday was a challenge for most Cup teams, as soft tires had to be managed in order for them to successfully compete. It was very reminiscent of the late 1990s, when drivers had to baby the cars to make them last for full fuel runs and keep their equipment in one piece until the end. Tony Gibson was there in the ’90s, as a fast-rising mechanic and he knows the difference between quality wear and simply a high ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team led the Sprint Cup Series in victories in 2013. Over the first four races of the season, they have shown some flashes of their brilliance from last year, including leading the most laps this past weekend at Bristol. While they haven’t broken into Victory Lane yet, they are still in the top 10 in points and a threat for the championship simply based off of their 2013 success. For this week’s Tech Talk ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Danica’s Crew Chief “Fuels” Through Daytona And Diagnoses Phoenix

Tech Talk: Danica’s Crew Chief “Fuels” Through Daytona And Diagnoses Phoenix

Tony Gibson is the only crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing who is sitting on top of the same pit box that he rode in 2013. His mission? Continue to develop Danica Patrick as a NASCAR driver as she enters her sophomore season in the Cup Series. It’s a job Gibson has been well-equipped to handle. He has been around the sport for most of his adult life, part of several championship race teams. Well aware of the spotlight that comes from ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Doug Yates Gets Ford Revved Up For 2014

Tech Talk: Doug Yates Gets Ford Revved Up For 2014

Doug Yates continues to pilot the ship at Roush Yates Racing Engines. He grew up in engine shops while his father, Robert, established himself as a premier engine builder in the top levels of auto racing — along with building a championship race team. When his father decided to move on, in the late 2000s Yates assumed the helm of the company and has continued to move them forward during some of the most uncertain times in the history of ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Slugger Labbe on Talladega Struggles and Darlington Demolitions

Tech Talk: Slugger Labbe on Talladega Struggles and Darlington Demolitions

Richard "Slugger "Labbe has been crew chiefing in the Cup series since 1997. The last four seasons he's been on top of the box for Paul Menard, both at Richard Petty Motorsports and now with Richard Childress Racing. Throughout his career to date, he's notched five wins, 26 top 5s and 74 top 10 finishes. Labbe has won his five Cup races with three different drivers. Read More »

Tech Talk: Alan Gustafson Tells Gordon’s Talladega Tale

Tech Talk: Alan Gustafson Tells Gordon’s Talladega Tale

_Jeff Gordon has not exactly set the series on fire this year, but believe it or not, the four-time champ is actually having a better start than 2012. A year ago, he was 17th in points after Richmond in the Spring, while this year he's 14th, boasting one top five and four top 11s to his credit. When the Gen-6 car came out, many people felt that it would be a better fit for Gordon than the Car of Tomorrow, and it has proven to be so far although he's a step behind teammates Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kasey Kahne in the Hendrick stable._ Gordon's crew chief, Alan Gustafson has been turning the screws and making the calls from the pit box as always, trying to mold this No. 24 team back into championship form. As he works on guiding Gordon onward and upward, what's the key to bringing back the dominant driver of old? Gustafson took some time to speak with Frontstretch bringing back the swagger to his team, the past week of gains at Richmond and the trials ahead for all teams at Talladega._ Read More »