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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Testing, Tweaking & Hammering Down

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Before Bristol, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Jason Ratcliff, the crew chief for Matt Kenseth, was on Tech Talk and his team promptly went out and put its No. 20 car in Victory Lane. This week he is back for another technical preview and he hopes to ride the TT mojo to a second post-interview victory. His team …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Who’s in the headline – The newest iteration of the Chase has made gambling much easier for those people who have a win or two under their belts. Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson put another notch in his as he stretched his fuel and tires to a victory. A late-race caution allowed Johnson and his No. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – It took 11 years but Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won another Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. After some spirited racing for much of the first part of the race, the last third turned into a mind-numbing parade with little to no action at all. Earnhardt pitted with a few …

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Tech Talk: Matt Puccia on Greg Biffle’s Talladega Chances & Roush’s New Cars

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Greg Biffle‘s first career Cup victory took place at Daytona in 2003 in a restrictor-plate race, while his best finish at Talladega was last spring. Matt Puccia, his crew chief, is rather excited about going to the longest track on the schedule this weekend, and after a difficult outing at Richmond he is hoping to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch started off the year watching the Daytona 500 from his couch thanks to a NASCAR suspension. After getting back in the car at Phoenix, he was fast from the drop of the green flag. He had a win stolen by a questionable caution at Fontana but now has …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson On His Bristol Kidney Stone & Richmond’s Flat Corners

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Tony Gibson had his team poised for a great run on Sunday at Bristol but had to watch it from his motor home thanks to a second kidney stone this season. His team was in contention for the win before a late race mishap from someone else’s problem took it away from them. Now he …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – Matt Kenseth has waited 51 races to visit Victory Lane. Great strategy by his crew chief Jason Ratcliff and enough luck to avoid all of the carnage that befell so many others both contributed to the win. While Kenseth downplayed it, driver ability obviously contributed greatly as well. In the …

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Tech Talk: With Jason Ratcliff for the Last Great Colosseum & Trying to Make Advances Without Testing

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With Joe Gibbs Racing coming off of a victory at Martinsville for Denny Hamlin and a top-five finish for Matt Kenseth, the organization was ready to get back to its winning ways at a mile-and-a-half track. But when the checkered flag flew over Texas, only one of its four teams finished in the top 10, and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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Who’s in the headline – After Martinsville two weeks ago, there was all kinds of talk about snippy radio chatter between Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson. It wasn’t the first time fans have heard the two snark back and forth when they were having a less than average day. At times, just like a happy marriage, their …

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