Race Weekend Central

Tech Talk: What the New Rules Changes Will Mean at Kentucky & Beyond

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With the late checkered flag at Daytona and the scheduled test on Wednesday at Kentucky Speedway, the NASCAR crew chiefs were too busy to make time for Tech Talk this week. Instead of leaving our loyal readers without their weekly technical fix, we’ve decided to take a look at the new rules and their potential …

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Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion On Gettin’ a Grip & Keepin’ Cool at Daytona

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

As the series heads to Daytona this week, marking the figurative “midpoint” of the 2015 season Kevin “Bono” Manion is just getting settled in. New to Richard Petty Motorsports, he’s finishing up his second month there after jumping from Tommy Baldwin Racing to be the head wrench for Sam Hornish Jr. The team is coming off …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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Who’s in the headline – Racing can involve a myriad of strategies on a normal weekend. On a road course, the options become even more diverse. After three different fuel strategies had all played out, a late-race caution resulted in a majority of the field coming onto pit road with 10 laps to go. Kyle …

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Off the Wall With: Austin Dillon

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Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, NASCAR Sprint Cup sophomore Austin Dillon spills the beans. What’s fun besides racing? Austin Dillon: …

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Tech Talk: Matt Puccia Preps for Sonoma & NASCAR’s New Aero Package

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One of the biggest misnomers in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing is that off-weekends exist, because when the teams don’t go to the racetrack they simply put their heads down and get caught up on things that have slipped through the weeks of going to the track. They also try and get things prepared for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Trio of Dominant Drivers, Rules Tampering & Chevrolet’s Success

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Who’s in the headline – Many drivers have garnered front page news since the green flag dropped on Daytona in February. Among those, three stand out above the rest in 2015. Kevin Harvick has been the class of the field in almost every race this season. He finished inside the top two in the first five …

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Tech Talk: On a Cup Off-Weekend, a Little R&D

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Friday morning before the Coca-Cola 600, Frontstretch was invited to participate in a media tour of the NASCAR R&D facility. The facility serves multiple purposes for the sport including safety innovation, which was the primary focus of the tour. It  also handles the post-race technical inspections, part testing, chassis certification, competition development and other special …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – While Kurt Busch took home the trophy and is now certainly locked into the Chase, the real headliner from Michigan was Mother Nature. Four red flags for rain and a total delay of 128:51 before the event was called, gave most attention of the weekend to the weather. Once the …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Safety, Horsepower & Tight Nuts

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The Sprint Cup Series moves from the relatively flat track of Pocono Raceway to the high-banked, high-speed venue of Michigan International Speedway this weekend. The challenges switch from turning through the flat corners and navigating the bumps of the tunnel turn to minimizing drag while making the car turn in the corners on the circuit’s …

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Tech Talk: Bono Manion on Engine Strains & Shifting Gears

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Kevin “Bono” Manion is back to working in a two-car operation. He worked for several years at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and won some of the biggest races in the sport. He was employed at Tommy Baldwin Racing last year and the beginning of this season but he’s on top of the box …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

2015 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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Tech Talk: Rubber, Fuel Strategy & Rough Rides with Matt Puccia

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Matt Puccia has been working hard to get Greg Biffle back up to the front of the pack. The Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 camp has been struggling to race for wins, but last weekend it was right in the mix and came home in second place. The strides the team has made over the …

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