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Tech Talk: G-Forces, Part Failure & Corner Entries with Jason Ratcliff

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series O'reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 7 April 2017 Jason Ratcliff World Copyright: Logan Whitton/nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

After the longest race of the year, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads off to one of the toughest tracks on the schedule. The concrete high banks of Dover International Speedway tests man and machine thanks to its high banks, high speeds and unique transitions into and out of the corners. The fact the …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens & VHT, Durable Bump Stops & Driver Comfort

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Camping World 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Az Usa Friday 17 March 2017 Chris Buescher And Trent Owens World Copyright: (nigel Kinrade/nkp)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Trent Owens, crew chief for Chris Buescher, had the opportunity to take a second driver to the All-Star Race last weekend. Similar to his last experience, running a JTG Daugherty Racing entry limited his opportunities since the small organization does not have a fleet of cars and therefore risks destroying one while going for the …

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Tech Talk: Laser Inspection Failure & Alternate Tire Compounds with Tony Gibson

Tony Gibson Indianapolis Cup 2015 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Tony Gibson and the No. 41 crew of Kurt Busch have been trying to find speed in their non-restrictor plate cars since their season-opening victory in the Daytona 500. This past weekend at Kansas Speedway, it appeared as though they, along with the No. 4 car of Kevin Harvick and the No. 10 team of …

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Tech Talk: Slugger Labbe Talks Tire Testing And Sitting In NASCAR Timeout

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Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Slugger Labbe, our Tech Talk guest this week is back on the pit box for Austin Dillon. He spent the week preparing for Kansas after a tough end to their day at Talladega was watched from the couch after a one-week break from leading the program. Labbe didn’t spend …

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Tech Talk: Aero, Crash Damage & Experience Heading to Talladega with Jason Ratcliff

Jason Ratcliff Cup Martinsville 2016 Mike Neff

Coming off a disappointing result at Richmond International Raceway, finishing 23rd after winning the pole and leading the most laps, Jason Ratcliff and his No. 20 team driven by Matt Kenseth head to Talladega Superspeedway with a renewed confidence that they’ll have a shot at a victory. Ratcliff believes his team was competitive at Daytona …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens on Truck Arms, Tire Circumference & Compounds

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Camping World 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Az Usa Friday 17 March 2017 Chris Buescher And Trent Owens World Copyright: (nigel Kinrade/nkp)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Spending an extra day at Bristol Motor Speedway was a forgone conclusion based on the weather forecast before last weekend. Unfortunately for Trent Owens and his No. 37 team driven by Chris Buescher, the race on Monday ended prematurely thanks to a racing deal near lap 50. Owens still had the opportunity to experience VHT …

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Tech Talk: Aerodynamics & Vertical Loads with Tony Gibson

2017 Fontana Auto Club Tony Gibson Cup Rusty Jarrett/nkp

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Teams do a lot of different things during an off-week. Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, went to the mountains of Tennessee and ran around for most of the week in side-by-sides. He was able to do that peacefully because his team is prepared for the next …

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Tech Talk: Tires, Shocks & Unknowns with Jason Ratcliff

Nascar 2017 Cup Jason Ratcliff Matt Kenseth Nascar (photo: Nigel Kinrade / Nkp)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Coming off a challenging weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where qualifying was canceled and teams had to start on points, Jason Ratcliff and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team for Matt Kenseth had to battle hard but managed to overcome that initial deficit to come home in ninth. The outside groove came in and made …

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Tech Talk: Sideskirts, Tires, Brake Heat & Drive Off with Trent Owens

Trent Owens Daytona Cup 2017 Mike Neff

Photo Credit : Mike Neff

After the West Coast swing, the Cup series prepares to head to the one track left that was on the original schedule, Martinsville Speedway. Chris Buescher’s crew chief Trent Owens, with his connection to Richard Petty, has a special affinity for the half-mile track in southern Virginia. As the team pulls into Martinsville, there are many …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Segment Strategies, Multi-Zone Tires and Turn Radii

Jason Ratcliff 2016 Cup Darlington Mike Neff

Three races into 2017 and crew chiefs are still in the early stages of figuring out the latest edition of the low-downforce package. Aside from Daytona International Speedway, which is a restrictor plate race, the other two events have been the first real tests with the new package. It is a learning experience for teams …

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