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Tech Talk: Crew Chief Tony Gibson Breaks Down New NASCAR Rules and Transitioning to Ford

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Mike Neff: Tech Talk is back for another season on Fronstretch.com. This week’s edition was recorded before the Duels Thursday night. Unfortunately Tony Gibson’s car didn’t have much of an opportunity to show what it had on Sunday during the Clash. He felt like the car was strong and was going to have something at …

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Tech Talk: Chris Heroy Talks Side Skirts, Hard Tires and Sand Blasting at Phoenix

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Las Vegas

4-6 March 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada USA Brian Scott and Chris Heroy © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

The Cup season is down to the penultimate round in the desert at Phoenix International Raceway. Chris Heroy and his No. 44 team just found out that their driver, Brian Scott, is retiring after the season so they are preparing for his final two races. The mile track in Phoenix will challenge drivers with bright sun, …

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Tech Talk: Brake Temperature & Bump Stop Shims with Tony Gibson

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The No. 41 team driven by Kurt Busch put itself behind the eight ball at Martinsville Speedway thanks to a poor showing by its standards. The entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization struggled all weekend, and it didn’t get any better during the race. As a result, crew chief Tony Gibson and his team are going to …

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Tech Talk: Matt McCall on Martinsville Strategy, Tires & Brake Cooling

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Having been eliminated from Chase contention, the sole focus of the No. 1 team of Jamie McMurray is to win a race before the end of the 2016 season. McMurray has won two poles at the half-mile track in southern Virginia, and his average finish there is among his best on the circuit. His crew chief …

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Tech Talk: Springs, Shock, Fuel Mileage & Wooden Gas Pedals with Chris Heroy

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Heading into Talladega Superspeedway, the crew chiefs in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have many sleepless nights. In the end, it is probably the track where they make least impact of any race during the season. Chris Heroy and his No. 44 team, driven by Brian Scott, roll in knowing their teammate won on a plate …

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Tech Talk: G-Forces, Sway Bars & Inspection Failures with Jason Ratcliff

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Being in the Chase adds a whole new level of pressure for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Not only can a bad race back a team into a corner, but the scrutiny of the sanctioning body to make sure everyone is on a level playing field also puts teams under a huge microscope. This isn’t …

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Tech Talk: Chris Heroy Talks Fuel Mileage, Pit Stalls & Getting Better

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Las Vegas

4-6 March 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada USA Brian Scott and Chris Heroy © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

Richard Petty Motorsports has made some recent changes in its organization. While the No. 43 team was changed on top of the pit box, the No. 44 stayed the same. As a result they’re making a change in its lineup and having Chris Heroy pick up where Trent Owens left off. There have been a …

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Tech Talk: Matt McCall Talks Spring Rates, Pit Selection and Sway Bars

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While Matt McCall’s team didn’t win the race in Michigan last weekend the win did come within the organization, and that has to be a boost of confidence for his No. 1 team. McCall’s group, and their driver Jamie McMurray crossed the line in eighth place and gained some points in their effort to qualify for …

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Tech Talk: Tires, Aero, Firewalls and Fuel with Jason Ratcliff

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Bristol Motor Speedway presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams with a myriad of challenges last weekend, from rosin on the bottom groove to rain delays. Heading into the Irish Hills of Michigan, teams will have a few more options. The wide racing surface at Michigan International Speedway always offers a vast number of racing options …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens on the Tires & Surface Changes at Bristol

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After six months of learning how to run with the new aerodynamic package in 2016, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams had one final weekend off. They now begin a 14-week run to the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Some teams used the off-week to regroup, others used it to fine tune their cars for the stretch …

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