Race Weekend Central

Tech Talk: Running Road Courses with Matt McCall

The second road course race of the season provides a far different set of challenges for teams and crew chiefs than Sonoma Raceway did earlier in the year. Watkins Glen International is run at a higher speed and is less technical than Sonoma. The additional challenge has been thrown at the teams because the track …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Isn’t a Big Fan of NASCAR’s Lug Nut Rule

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Photo Credit : Mike Neff

NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff guided his driver, Matt Kenseth, to the runner-up spot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend and hopes to utilize the knowledge he’s accumulated over the last few weeks to make a serious run at the win in Pocono Raceway this weekend. He utilized things that he learned at Pocono during …

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Tech Talk: Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion Gets Down and Dirty at Eldora

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19-20 July, 2016, Rossburg, Ohio USA Cody Coughlin ©2016, Brett Moist NKP

Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion spent years in the Cup series after successfully leading Martin Truex, Jr. to two XFINITY series titles. After leaving Richard Petty Motorsports, Manion ventured to Kyle Busch Motorsports for the 2016 season, heading up the No. 51 team. This season marked his first visit to Eldora Speedway and first opportunity as a crew …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens Discusses Michigan Rules Package, About-Facing for Sonoma

A week off for the Cup series allowed Trent Owens, crew chief of Aric Almirola‘s No. 43 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, to spend a week at the beach and think about anything but racecars. Regardless, he feels like the series rules package run at Michigan International Speedway was a step in the …

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Tech Talk: NASCAR’s Gene Stefanyshyn Breaks Down Rules Package Changes & the Process Behind Them

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BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 18: Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, speaks with Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rules Test at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Robert Reiners/NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR’s low downforce aerodynamic package for 2016 was implemented to try and make the racing better, and no matter your allegiances, it is true, based on any metric or eye test you’d like to perform, that the competition this season has been better as a result. There have been a couple of stinker races, sure, but …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Communication, Downforce and Yaw

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Tony Gibson’s No. 41 team celebrated yet another victory last Monday at Pocono when Kurt Busch stretched his fuel to the finish. However, it was a bittersweet moment for Gibson, because he was not able to celebrate with his team thanks to a suspension from a lug nut that was a quarter turn from being …

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Tech Talk: Matt McCall Talks Tires, Fuel Strategy & Rule Adaptations

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Pocono Raceway is unlike any other race track. Not only does it have three turns, but each one is also unique in terms of radius and banking. Setting a car up is all about compromise and finding a fast way through all three corners while maximizing the turn that a team feels gives them the …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Discusses Tire Wear for the Season’s Longest Race

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Photo Credit : Mike Neff

Jason Ratcliff guided the No. 20 Dollar General team for Joe Gibbs Racing, driven by Matt Kenseth, to their first win of the season at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago. Last weekend he tried to utilize pit strategy to help his team overcome a poor qualifying position in the All-Star Race, but it backfired. He now prepares …

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Tech Talk: Splitters & Airborne Cars with Matt McCall

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Matt McCall notched his first top 5 of the season with Jamie McMurray at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, leading his team through repairs from the lone crash they were caught up in and repairing the car successfully enough to compete for the win. As he and his team prepare to head to Kansas Speedway, he …

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