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Tech Talk: Tommy Baldwin on How the Digital Dash Is Good for NASCAR

Tommy Baldwin Cup 2015 Phil Cavali

(Photo Credit: Phil Cavali, The Hot Lap)

Tommy Baldwin is not just the crew chief of the No. 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Alex Bowman. He’s also the owner. The longtime crew chief brings a unique perspective to the job and also provides some interesting insight into next season and this year’s Chase. In this week’s Tech Talk, Baldwin talks …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Wins Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Who’s in the headline – Matt Kenseth is peaking at the right time. The 2003 champion has won three of the last six races and heads into the Chase as the hottest driver in the sport. Joe Gibbs Racing had three of the top-six finishers, and at one point early in the race, had all …

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Off the Wall With: Matt Kenseth

2015 Richmond Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Family Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

On the spot this week: 2003 Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth What’s fun besides racing? Matt Kenseth: Nothing, this is it. This is going to be quicker than you thought isn’t it? What’s the top item on your bucket list? Kenseth: I spend a lot of time playing with my kids when we’re not at …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Darlington Tire Wear, Richmond Grooves

Tony Gibson Darlington Cup 2015 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Tony Gibson has been around this sport for a very long time; as such, he’s seen quite a few changes since he was a member of the 1992 NASCAR Cup Series championship team of Alan Kulwicki. Things are now coming full circle and the sport is getting back to the lower downforce cars that he …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

2015 Darlington Cup Carl Edwards Champagne Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards’s name appears in the headlines, it is his pit crew that deserves the accolades. The new aero package provided some great racing and passing opportunities, but the race came down to an eight-lap dash for the cash. Fresh tires were good enough for 15–20 laps, so whoever …

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Brad Keselowski Takes 2015 Southern 500 Pole

Brad Keselowski Cup Qualifying Darlington 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Brad Keselowski has embraced this throwback weekend and it has loved him in return. Keselowski ran a 27.492-second lap at a speed of 178.874 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500. Starting to his outside will be Kurt Busch. The elder Busch brother ran a 177.588-mph lap in 27.691 seconds. Kevin Harvick was …

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2015 Southern 500 Retro Paint Scheme Photo Gallery

Brad Keselowski And Kasey Kahne Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff 136

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Off the Wall With: Josh Wise

2014 Loudon I Cup Josh Wise Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photography © 2014)

On the spot this week: NASCAR driver Josh Wise What’s fun besides racing? Josh Wise: Playing with my kids. What’s the top item on your bucket list? Wise: Win a Sprint Cup race. Your go-to on movie night is: Wise: I watched Anchorman this morning. There isn’t a go-to flick but I like to watch …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Discusses How to Deal with All Those Throwback Schemes

Jason Ratcliff Bristol 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Spending two weeks thinking about a 42nd-place finish can be tough on a race team, but it helps when it is looking forward to a race in which it went to Victory Lane just two years ago. It also doesn’t hurt that the organization is probably the hottest in the series right now, and it is going to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Looking Back at the First 24 Races of 2015 for Off-Week No. 3

Joey Logano leads a pack of cars at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Who’s in the headline – There are drivers with more wins but no one has more points than Kevin Harvick. While points don’t really matter they are a telling factor for Harvick. The driver of the No. 4 is having one of the best seasons in the history of the sport. Harvick has 17 top-five …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

Joey Logano Trophy Victory Lane Bristol 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Who’s in the headline – The half mile Bristol Motor Speedway has hardly been a highlight for Joey Logano over the early years of his career. Prior to the night race in 2013, Logano had a single top-10 run in nine career starts. In the last three night races Logano has run fifth, first and first. …

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Kyle Busch Wins, Chris Buescher Comes Up Snake Eyes On Fuel/Tire Gamble in 2015 Food City 300 at Bristol

Kyle Busch Xfinity Bristol 2015 Victory Lane Trophy Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Chris Buescher is the point leader in the Xfinity Series. His lead over second-place Ty Dillon was 24 points coming into the race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night. Many people would have played it safe and followed a conservative pit strategy to make sure they made it to the finish. Buescher is not many …

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