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Tech Talk with Dave Rogers: New Rules, Old Tires & No Global Warming

Tech Talk with Dave Rogers: New Rules, Old Tires & No Global Warming

_Dave Rogers has been on the top of the pit box since late 2009 for Kyle Busch. He guided the No. 18 to the victory last year in the inaugural race at Kentucky Speedway. As the series prepares to return to the track for the second time, Rogers will be attempting to turn around the fortunes of the team that has suffered three engine failures and an unspecified failure in the most recent race at Sonoma. He speaks about having to adapt to the new rules being thrown at the cars this season, changes that must be accounted for in the car setup and fuel pickup issues that are one of the things that have not plagued the team this season. We also discover his opinion of global warming._ Read More »

Tech Talk with Steve Addington: Making a 3,400 lb Stock Car Turn Right

Tech Talk with Steve Addington: Making a 3,400 lb Stock Car Turn Right

_Love them or hate them, road courses have been on the Cup series schedule since 1954. Unless you call the original beach course a road course, in which case there has been one on the schedule since the very first season in 1949. Not only does racing on a winding track require a different skill set, but it also takes a completely different car setup than running on ovals. Steve Addington talks about some of the nuances of preparing a 3,400 pound stock car to turn both right and left and the work that has gone into maximizing fuel economy._ Read More »

Tech Talk: Darian Grubb Unravels Michigan Mystery Of High Speeds, New Pavement

Tech Talk: Darian Grubb Unravels Michigan Mystery Of High Speeds, New Pavement

_Darian Grubb is the defending champion crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series, having led Tony Stewart to the title in 2011. This season, he is paired up with Denny Hamlin and trying to rise to the top again, becoming the first head wrench to earn the trophy in back-to-back years paired with two different drivers and teams. After running Pocono, with its new surface and unique layout, Grubb takes his team to Michigan for another first race on a new surface. Michigan is going to be a completely different test due to the very high speeds and wide grooves._ _The challenges for the weekend are going to all come down to balancing. The increased grip of a new surface is going to afford the teams a chance to run very fast, but that leads to excessive periods of high RPMs, which can be the death of engines. Read More »

Tech Talk: Brian Pattie on Attacking the New Surface at Pocono

Tech Talk: Brian Pattie on Attacking the New Surface at Pocono

_Brian Pattie is the crew chief for Clint Bowyer now that he is at Michael Waltrip Racing. Pattie was previously Juan Pablo Montoya's head wrench at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, logging one career Cup Series win, 19 top 5s and 47 top 10s in 150 races. As the Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono for the first race on the newly-paved, three-turn oval, Pattie feels that the setup will be less challenging than it has been in the past and track position is going to be at an even higher premium. It is a benefit that the teams can pit without going a lap down, too, so the window for adjustments may be bigger than it is at other tracks. Pattie talked about the changes new asphalt throws at the teams, what that's done to the vaunted Tunnel Turn and more in this week's edition of Tech Talk._ Read More »

Tech Talk: Taking on the Monster Mile with Crew Chief Kenny Francis

Tech Talk: Taking on the Monster Mile with Crew Chief Kenny Francis

_The Cup Series is heading to Dover International Speedway, where Kasey Kahne looked to be headed to his very first Cup win in 2004 before hitting oil and crashing from the lead with 19 laps to go. That race took place two seasons before Kenny Francis climbed on top of the pit box full-time for Kahne. Since assuming that spot, Francis has led his promising driver to all but one of his 13 Cup victories. This week, in our Tech Talk Sprint Cup's latest winning crew chief explains the approach to the one-mile concrete racing surface: timing tire wear in practice, G-forces that aren't as different as you might think, and minor tweaks to shock absorbers._ Read More »

NASCAR Tech Talk: From Day to Night, 600 Miles on Hard Goodyears

NASCAR Tech Talk: From Day to Night, 600 Miles on Hard Goodyears

_Paul Wolfe guided Brad Keselowski to a segment win and a second place finish in the All-Star Race Saturday night. He's also been responsible for five of Keselowski's Cup Series wins and six of his Nationwide Series wins. As the Cup teams head back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second weekend in a row, Wolfe talks about the preparation for the longest race on the schedule, strategy calls based on tire hardness, driver fatigue and also just how much fuel can be picked up with the new EFI system._ Read More »

Learning New Aero Rules: Why The NASCAR All-Star Race Matters

Learning New Aero Rules: Why The NASCAR All-Star Race Matters

_Slugger Labbe is heading to the All-Star Race for the first time with Paul Menard this weekend and he is approaching it as a learning experience. The race is completely different from the rest of the season because the segments are short and it is all about getting to the front. It is also going to be an even more exaggerated test session because of the new technical bulletin that just came out from NASCAR that is going to make a significant change to the aerodynamics of the cars._ _In our weekly Tech Talk, Mike Neff sat down with Labbe to find out just what makes the All-Star Race different from a mechanical perspective._ Read More »

Making Tires Last at Darlington – NASCAR Tech Talk with Todd Berrier

Making Tires Last at Darlington – NASCAR Tech Talk with Todd Berrier

_Todd Berrier has been working on Cup Series race cars for years. He's been known for pushing the envelope in the gray area of the rules, but is also known for winning races. Berrier's best season to date was in 2006, when he scored five victories with Kevin Harvick. Berrier now sits on top of the box for 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte at JTG Daugherty Racing. With the series heading to the oldest speedway on the schedule we look at what it takes to be successful at the Track Too Tough To Tame._ Read More »

Finding Speed Within the Rules at Talladega – Tech Talk with Bono Manion

Finding Speed Within the Rules at Talladega – Tech Talk with Bono Manion

_Kevin “Bono” Manion hails from the Modified crazy Northeast and cut his racing teeth alongside Tommy Baldwin and Steve Park. He’s led teams to two Nationwide series championships and wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. He leads the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for driver Jamie McMurray. He joined Frontstretch for this week’s Tech Talk in anticipation of the Cup series first visit to Talladega for this season._ Mike Neff: *We’re getting ready to go to Talladega and thinking about how you make a car go fast on a restrictor plate track. We all know it is very aero dependent. Is there anything on the suspension side of things that you can do to get any kind of speed at Talladega or is it all pretty much dictated by the body?* Read More »

Tech Talk: Prepping the Future of NASCAR for Richmond

Tech Talk: Prepping the Future of NASCAR for Richmond

_This week’s edition of Tech Talk once again features Bryant Frazier, the 2011 K&N East Series champion crew chief for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Frazier has started off the season in strong style. After an average showing at Bristol, Frazier’s driver Darrell Wallace Jr. went to Victory Lane at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in the second race of the season. The series now heads to Richmond International Raceway where Wallace took the win last year in the inaugural event at the track for the K&N East Series. Frazier discusses what they change, what stays the same, and what you have to think about at the fast 3/4 mile track at Richmond._ Read More »