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Tech Talk with Dave Rogers – One Shot to Put Rowdy in the Chase

Tech Talk with Dave Rogers – One Shot to Put Rowdy in the Chase

_The regular season comes to an end this coming weekend at Richmond. Kyle Busch is in the thick of the wild card hunt and is heading to one of his best race tracks on the circuit, while crew chief Dave Rogers has one shot to make or break the title hopes of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Rogers is dotting all of his I's and crossing all of his T's to make sure the team has every chance to be a part of the 12 teams in the Chase for the title. He talks this week about testing, tire durability, having Busch as his driver and setting up cars to go fast or be comfortable._ Mike Neff: *We're heading to Richmond this weekend. It is the last race before the Chase and the whole Wild Card scenario is hanging thick in the air. Kyle is very good at Richmond, knowing the circumstances surrounding the weekend and what is at stake, how aggressive can you be with your setup and strategy knowing that if you go too far, you could knock yourself completely out of contention?* Read More »

Darian Grubb: Ready For High Speed and Atlanta’s Ever Changing Track

Darian Grubb: Ready For High Speed and Atlanta’s Ever Changing Track

_The track surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway has aged well. While most of the oil and grip is gone from the racing surface, the speed is still there. Drivers have to deal with some of the highest speeds on the circuit with some of the least grip. Darian Grubb knows that the amount of grip can change dramatically during the weekend, especially when the almost guaranteed rain storm moves through at some point._ _For this week's Tech Talk Grubb touches on adjustability, inner liners and a brand new car. Making a car go around Atlanta well from the beginning to the end of the Labor Day race that goes from daytime into night, on a track surface that changes with the amount of rubber being laid down is a challenge. Grubb did it successfully when he was on the box for Tony Stewart and he hopes to do it again this weekend with Denny Hamlin._ Read More »

Tech Talk with Paul Wolfe – Going Into the Old, Familiar Bristol…Blind

Tech Talk with Paul Wolfe – Going Into the Old, Familiar Bristol…Blind

_Brad Keselowski has taken to Bristol Motor Speedway like a duck to water. After finishing in the teens in his first three races at the speedway, he has taken home the big trophy the last two times he raced there in the Cup series. Keselowski led 232 laps in the Spring race on his way to a dominating victory, including the final 111 laps of the race. Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe has certainly had the concrete oval figured out, but the newly reconfigured track is going to throw a whole new set of circumstances at the No. 2 team. Keselowski did qualify in the top 10 in both of the races he won, which is going to be at more of a premium now that passing is going to be much harder thanks to the single groove race track facing teams as they return to Bristol for the Night Race._ Read More »

Steve Letarte on Repeating at Michigan with Earnhardt, New Tire

Steve Letarte on Repeating at Michigan with Earnhardt, New Tire

_The Cup Series was in the Irish Hills of Michigan eight weeks ago and, in case you missed it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke his millennium long losing streak. As the series heads back to the two-mile oval with its fresh pavement, Steve Letarte is tasked with preparing the car for NASCAR's most popular driver to try and make it two-for-two at Michigan International Speedway._ _Unlike the old surface, where drivers could move from the apron to the wall to make their car work, the track is now practically a one groove race track. If the car isn't working in the preferred groove, it probably is going to struggle to keep up with the cars that have hit on the setup._ Read More »

Alan Gustafson on Turning Left and Right with Cup’s Best Road Racer

Alan Gustafson on Turning Left and Right with Cup’s Best Road Racer

_Jeff Gordon is the best road racer in the history of Cup racing based on the number of road races he's won. Unfortunately it has been several years since Gordon has returned to Victory Lane at a twisty course. The man charged with making Gordon's car get around Watkins Glen is Alan Gustafson, who spent a little time with Frontstretch to talk about getting the car set up for the Glen._ _Gustafson covers how much aerodynamics play into the Glen, pitting the car heading in the opposite direction as normal and how rigid the car can be on the road course in New York._ Read More »

Still Shiny and Slick: Kevin Manion Prepares Car #1 for Pocono Race #2

Still Shiny and Slick: Kevin Manion Prepares Car #1 for Pocono Race #2

_The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced on the freshly paved surface of Pocono Raceway on June 10th. This weekend, just eight weeks later, the Cup cars will be back on the triangular-shaped track in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The teams have updated their notebooks after logging a full race on the fresh pavement and now are ready to head back with new ideas on how to go fast. But how do you make adjustments in so short a period of time? Jamie McMurray's crew chief, Kevin "Bono" Manion tells Frontstretch what is on his mind heading back to Pocono for the second race on the upgraded surface._ Read More »

Tech Talk – Making Smoke at the Brickyard with Steve Addington

Tech Talk – Making Smoke at the Brickyard with Steve Addington

_Steve Addington heads to Indianapolis with Tony Stewart to try and put another win in the bag for the native Hoosier while he hopes to score a win at the fabled track for his first time as a crew chief. The challenges at Indianapolis are similar to Loudon and Pocono yet unique at the same time. Addington talks about going fast and slowing down at the Brickyard._ Mike Neff: *You had a week off and you're getting ready to head to Indianapolis, which is obviously a very special place for Tony. Does he put any added pressure on you this week more than others as you get ready to head up there?* Read More »

Sticking a NNS Car to Chicago’s Old Asphalt with Jimmy Elledge

Sticking a NNS Car to Chicago’s Old Asphalt with Jimmy Elledge

_Jimmy Elledge has some 20 years of experience in racing and has been on the top of a pit box for quite a few of them. He is now on top of the box for Justin Allgaier and Turner Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. With the Cup series taking the week off before their grueling run to the end of the season, Tech Talk hit up Elledge for his opinions on heading back to the scene of his last NASCAR win with Allgaier in 2011._ Read More »

Tony Gibson: Rolling the Center on the Cup Circuit’s Flat Tracks

Tony Gibson: Rolling the Center on the Cup Circuit’s Flat Tracks

_The Cup Series heads to Loudon, New Hampshire for the first time this season this coming weekend. Last year the Stewart-Haas Racing team owned the track, with Ryan Newman winning the pole position for both races along with winning one of the two while his boss and teammate, Tony Stewart, took the trophy in the other. Newman’s crew chief Tony Gibson is our guest for this week’s edition of Tech Talk and talks about the importance of aerodynamics, mechanical grip and rolling the center of the corners._ Read More »

Crew Chief Shane Wilson on Keeping Cool in the Daytona Heat

Crew Chief Shane Wilson on Keeping Cool in the Daytona Heat

_The series is heading to Daytona where the car is the vast majority of the reason for the success. Richard Childress Racing has been a dominant team on plate tracks for many years so Tech Talk caught up with Shane Wilson to get his take on heading to the World Center of Speed for the second time this season, when handling is going to start being a factor again at plate tracks and how to keep these cars cool enough to make plate racing exciting again._ Read More »