NASCAR Race Weekend Central

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

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading almost 250 of the 400 laps. The eighth and final caution of the race flew with 62 laps to go, and five cars chose to roll the dice and try and stretch their fuel mileage for all of those laps. In …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Tires, Fuel & Pit-Stop Speed

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Tony Gibson put another car on the track that was in contention to win on Saturday night. The late-race restart caused the No. 41 to slip back into the pack and that eliminated their shot at a win. Gibson’s pit crew ripped off four pit stops under 11 seconds during the race. They are now …

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Jeff Gordon to Join FOX Sports Broadcast Booth for 2016

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There were rumblings throughout the garage and media centers over the past few months about changes coming to the broadcast booth for next season on FOX. They ranged from a complete overhaul to some minor tweaks. While most fans seemed to lean toward the total remake, the network has decided to do a minor tweak. …

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