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Tech Talk with Steve Addingtion: The Benefit of Testing at Texas

Tech Talk with Steve Addingtion: The Benefit of Testing at Texas

_Steve Addington is in his first season atop the pit box for defending Cup champion Tony Stewart. While average people might have crumbled under the pressure, Addington has come out with guns blazing, leading the champ to two wins in the first six races of the year. He has been a crew chief in the Cup series since 2005 and has called the shots for Bobby Labonte, JJ Yeley, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. With the two wins Stewart has notched this season, his new crew chief has a total of 18 Cup victories under his belt._ Read More »

Tech Talk With Gil Martin: How EFI Is Changing The Game

Tech Talk With Gil Martin: How EFI Is Changing The Game

_Gil Martin is the head of the Nationwide Series Program at Richard Childress Racing. He’s tasked with preparing the cars for Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon on a weekly basis, along with coordinating the race weekend activities for the organization. A former crew chief on the Nationwide and Cup level, Martin has had success with various drivers, making the Chase during his career with Clint Bowyer while making the trip to Victory Lane with Kevin Harvick. After nearly a decade of head wrenching, he's now moved up to a management role and is relishing the opportunity to cap off RCR's return to the Nationwide Series with a season championship._ Read More »

Tech Talk with Slugger Labbe: Keeping Cool at Martinsvillle

Tech Talk with Slugger Labbe: Keeping Cool at Martinsvillle

_Frontstretch caught up with Slugger Labbe, crew chief for the No. 27 ride of Paul Menard for this week’s edition of Tech Talk. The Saco, Maine crew chief has led three different drivers to five career Cup series victories. He’s been on top of the pit box for wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. He touched base on getting ready for Martinsville and the role EFI will play this coming weekend._ Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com: We’re coming off of California and heading to Martinsville. California is obviously a big, wide, two-mile race track where downforce is king. Is there any real application of downforce at a little track like Martinsville? Read More »

Tech Talk: Inside A NASCAR Chassis Builder’s Setup

Tech Talk: Inside A NASCAR Chassis Builder’s Setup

Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com: *Let’s start out with the differences in chassis. Late Models are predominantly in the Southeast where Super Late Models are more common throughout the rest of the country. What is the difference between a Late Model chassis and a Super Late Model Chassis?* Greg Marlowe: A Late Model stock chassis is based more off a [Nationwide] car. Perimeter-style chassis with a steering box. They are based more on a conventional car style and they have to weigh 3,100 pounds. A Super Late Model is basically a 2,800 pound, straight rail, lightweight chassis, aluminum interior, just a quicker race car, period. There are less rules so we can do more what we need to do to make the cars faster and it just makes for a really good race. Read More »