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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 »

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 »