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Tech Talk: How Darlington Chews Up Tires with Tony Gibson

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Tony Gibson was under the weather for a little while in the middle of the summer, but he’s back and ready to rumble in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Stewart-Haas Racing’s production manager took advantage of the series’ final off-week of the season to get cars lined up for the playoffs and make sure …

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Tech Talk: Cup Suspensions & the ROVAL with Mike Wheeler

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Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

The No. 11 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driven by Denny Hamlin, has not been able to seal the deal to get into Victory Lane yet in 2018. It is all but assured of making the playoffs, but the momentum of a win would go a long way to giving Hamlin a …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens Speaks to Vertical Loads & Brakes for Bristol

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the high-banked, concrete half-mile in the Smoky Mountains that is Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Teams are faced with many different challenges getting the cars ready for the race — and completely different circumstances once the race begins. One thing is for sure: it is never boring …

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Tech Talk: Tire Spring Rates, Five Minute Clocks and Engine Temperatures with Justin Alexander for Michigan

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Heading to the Irish Hills of Michigan will test the reflexes of everyone with the fastest racetrack NASCAR competes at during the season. The teams have quite a few different challenges facing them, with the track that is still holding onto the newness of the repave that happened several years ago. In this week’s edition …

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Tech Talk: Mike Wheeler on Brakes, Pit Stops & Technical Inspection

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The challenges of road course racing are many and diverse. From pit strategy to suspension pliability and brake cooling, there are more options on the road courses than any other tracks that the series visits. This week, heading to Watkins Glen, the teams are looking at a track that is faster and less technical than …

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Tech Talk: Speed Down the Straights of Pocono

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men are blown up by the slightest mistake. That happened last weekend to the No. 3 of Austin DillonΒ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, when a late-race loose wheel upended its strong run. Crew chief Justin Alexander hopes to have his ducks in a row this weekend, as …

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Tech Talk: Center Turn, Brakes and Rear Camber with Trent Owens

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The only trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 is coming this weekend. Teams will be trying to master the Magic Mile and break the stranglehold that the three dominant drivers of the year currently have over the sport. There are a handful of challenges facing the …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander on Minimal Bumps at Kentucky

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For the second straight week the Cup Series races will be held on Saturday night. The action at Daytona last weekend saw most of the field involved in incidents. This weekend’s race will likely be less catastrophic, but there will still be many challenges facing the race teams. Fresh pavement, hot temperatures and different banking …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson & Daytona Downforce, Air Flow & Spoiler Angels

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Racing leaves one team happy and the rest wondering, β€œWhat if?” Last Sunday (July 1) at Chicagoland Speedway, that couldn’t have been more true for the Stewart-Haas Racing teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as they all led the race and were among the best cars on track all day but weren’t anywhere …

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Tech Talk: Aerodynamics & Big Guys Sitting on a Window with Mike Wheeler

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Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

As the dog days of summer approach, the schedule has a switch this season with Chicagoland Speedway moving to the week before Daytona International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The teams will have to deal with different weather and a new tire in addition to the rules changes for 2018. The aged …

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