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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Breaks Down 2016 NASCAR Rule Changes

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The checkered flag has flown on NASCAR’s 2015 campaign and teams are halfway into the offseason, laying out their plans and adjusting to upcoming changes for 2016. Jason Ratcliff and the No. 20 team are among them, riding the momentum of a seventh at Homestead that left driver Matt Kenseth 15th in the final point …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the 2015 season with a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. It was hardly surprising since the speedway is his second best track, historically, based on average finish. Interestingly that run would be the worst of Earnhardt’s four restrictor-plate races for the season. Earnhardt started the year with two third-place finishes …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Kyle Busch

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Racing can test the mettle of the strongest of characters, and before 2015 many people would say that was not a strong suit for Kyle Busch. This season ran the emotional gamut from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in nine months. Busch’s determination and mental fortitude were taken to the limits …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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Who’s in the headline – Just eight months after severely breaking his leg and foot at Daytona during the first Xfinity Series race of the season, Kyle Busch stands above all others at the 2015 Cup series champion. Busch ran third and maintaining a healthy lead over Kevin Harvick as Brad Keselowski was headed to the …

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Off the Wall With: Tyler Reddick

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On the spot this week: NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series championship runner-up Tyler Reddick. What’s fun besides racing? Tyler Reddick: I really don’t do a lot aside from racing. I enjoy physical activities. I like to run, I like to bike, either mountain or road. I used to play a lot of video games but …

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Tech Talk: Bono Manion on Homestead, the Season’s Final Race

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has come down to the final race and Richard Petty has made it clear that Sam Hornish Jr. is most likely not coming back in 2016. But crew chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion is keeping his No. 9 race team focused on the prize and trying to finish off the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Tech Talk: Talking Phoenix Sun, Sand and More with Matt Puccia

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The season is winding down, and teams who aren’t in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway are already starting to get ready for 2016. That is especially true for Matt Puccia, who switches to a different role next season within the Roush Fenway Racing organization after serving as the crew chief for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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Off the Wall With… Ben Kennedy

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In the hot seat this week: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy What’s fun besides racing? Ben Kennedy: Wake board and triathlons. What’s the top item on your bucket list? Kennedy: Travel somewhere. I’d like to spend more time in Australia. I think that would be cool. Your go-to on movie night is: …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Grooves, Pit Stops and Restart Ratios

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The No. 41 team of Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing was poised to lay a solid foundation for getting out of the penultimate round of the Chase at Martinsville last weekend before Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth got together on a late-race restart. The resulting contact heavily damaged the car and has them behind the eight …

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