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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Aero, Fuel & Yaw

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Crew chiefs make the big money because they have to make the calls that can win or lose a race on pit road. Last weekend we saw the race settled in the last quarter-mile of the event thanks to fuel strategy. As the series prepares to head to Michigan International Speedway for the second time …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Joey Logano poses with the trophy after winning the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International

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Who’s in the headline – Weekend sweeps seem to happen quite frequently these days, with some of the winning drivers from the Cup Series running the companion races that are scheduled on many race weekends. Surprisingly, this weekend featured the first time such a sweep took place at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano had never run a …

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Off the Wall With: Ward Burton

Ward Burton coaches son Jeb Burton at Martinsille Speedway

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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 race car. This week, former Sprint Cup driver and current Sprint Cup dad Ward Burton stops by. What’s …

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Tech Talk: Bono Manion on Setting Up for Those Pesky Right Turns

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Pocono was a rough weekend for Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team driven by Sam Hornish Jr., but the veteran crew chief is hoping to put the disappointment behind his team and have a better run this coming weekend – after all, it’s a car that has won in the past …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time in month, Kyle Busch is not the main story coming out of a Cup race. He was half a lap from taking another trophy, but it was his teammate Matt Kenseth who came home with the hardware. In a crazy race that featured seven cautions in the first …

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Tech Talk: Talking Aerodynamics, Strategy & Shift Levers with Jason Ratcliff

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The last four weeks have been quite a challenge for the crew chiefs in the Cup garage. The head wrenches had to prepare a low-downforce car for Kentucky, a standard 2015 rules package car for Loudon, a high-drag car for Indianapolis and now another standard package car for Pocono. Don’t forget that every team brings …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard

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Who’s in the headline – Feel free to stop if you’ve heard this one before: Kyle Busch just won a Cup Series race. If you haven’t been paying attention or lived under a rock for the last month, this win was his third in a row and fourth in the last five races. Three in …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Brickyard

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The caution flag flew over Kyle Busch leading late in the Xfinity race at Indianapolis again, threatening to derail a dominant performance that saw his No. 54 Toyota take control early and often at the 2.5-mile oval. It is a scenario that has plagued the all-time NXS race winner in three of the four races …

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Off the Wall With: Carl Edwards

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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, Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards is delivering the goods. What’s fun besides racing? Carl Edwards: …

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Tech Talk: Flying Blind into the Brickyard with Matt Puccia

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a race to forget for Matt Puccia, driver Greg Biffle and his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing team. After spending a day off the pace, running two laps down in 27th Puccia is more than ready to head toward the Racing Capital of the World. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always …

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