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Making Tires Last at Darlington – NASCAR Tech Talk with Todd Berrier

_Todd Berrier has been working on Cup Series race cars for years. He's been known for pushing the envelope in the gray area of the rules, but is also known for winning races. Berrier's best season to date was in 2006, when he scored five victories with Kevin Harvick. Berrier now sits on top of the box for 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte at JTG Daugherty Racing. With the series heading to the oldest speedway on the schedule we look at what it takes to be successful at the Track Too Tough To Tame._

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Finding Speed Within the Rules at Talladega – Tech Talk with Bono Manion

_Kevin “Bono” Manion hails from the Modified crazy Northeast and cut his racing teeth alongside Tommy Baldwin and Steve Park. He’s led teams to two Nationwide series championships and wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. He leads the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for driver Jamie McMurray. He joined Frontstretch for this week’s Tech Talk in anticipation of the Cup series first visit to Talladega for this season._ Mike Neff: *We’re getting ready to go to Talladega and thinking about how you make a car go fast on a restrictor plate track. We all know it is very aero dependent. Is there anything on the suspension side of things that you can do to get any kind of speed at Talladega or is it all pretty much dictated by the body?*

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Tech Talk: Prepping the Future of NASCAR for Richmond

_This week’s edition of Tech Talk once again features Bryant Frazier, the 2011 K&N East Series champion crew chief for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Frazier has started off the season in strong style. After an average showing at Bristol, Frazier’s driver Darrell Wallace Jr. went to Victory Lane at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in the second race of the season. The series now heads to Richmond International Raceway where Wallace took the win last year in the inaugural event at the track for the K&N East Series. Frazier discusses what they change, what stays the same, and what you have to think about at the fast 3/4 mile track at Richmond._

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Tech Talk With Matt McCall: Making Trucks Go Wide Open

_Matt McCall is the race engineer / secretary for the No. 22 Camping World Truck out of the Richard Childress Racing stable. An experienced race driver, he's also an engineer with a degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. McCall is a former UARA Series champion, the first repeat titlist in the history of the series and Hickory Motor Speedway's track champion. He is also a former Robert Yates development driver, running in the Nationwide Series and once a Cup Series prospect who has now transitioned successfully to a more technical role._ _Oh, and did we mention that, in addition to his jack-of-all-trades resume, McCall is a third degree black belt in Karate? The man even runs his own racing business, Matt McCall Motorsports, also known as MX3. Frontstretch sat down with this busy man before the Truck series race at Rockingham to talk about the upcoming trip to Kansas._

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Tech Talk with Steve Addingtion: The Benefit of Testing at Texas

_Steve Addington is in his first season atop the pit box for defending Cup champion Tony Stewart. While average people might have crumbled under the pressure, Addington has come out with guns blazing, leading the champ to two wins in the first six races of the year. He has been a crew chief in the Cup series since 2005 and has called the shots for Bobby Labonte, JJ Yeley, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. With the two wins Stewart has notched this season, his new crew chief has a total of 18 Cup victories under his belt._

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Tech Talk With Gil Martin: How EFI Is Changing The Game

_Gil Martin is the head of the Nationwide Series Program at Richard Childress Racing. He’s tasked with preparing the cars for Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon on a weekly basis, along with coordinating the race weekend activities for the organization. A former crew chief on the Nationwide and Cup level, Martin has had success with various drivers, making the Chase during his career with Clint Bowyer while making the trip to Victory Lane with Kevin Harvick. After nearly a decade of head wrenching, he's now moved up to a management role and is relishing the opportunity to cap off RCR's return to the Nationwide Series with a season championship._

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Tech Talk with Slugger Labbe: Keeping Cool at Martinsvillle

_Frontstretch caught up with Slugger Labbe, crew chief for the No. 27 ride of Paul Menard for this week’s edition of Tech Talk. The Saco, Maine crew chief has led three different drivers to five career Cup series victories. He’s been on top of the pit box for wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. He touched base on getting ready for Martinsville and the role EFI will play this coming weekend._ Mike Neff, We’re coming off of California and heading to Martinsville. California is obviously a big, wide, two-mile race track where downforce is king. Is there any real application of downforce at a little track like Martinsville?

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Tech Talk: Inside A NASCAR Chassis Builder’s Setup

Mike Neff, *Let’s start out with the differences in chassis. Late Models are predominantly in the Southeast where Super Late Models are more common throughout the rest of the country. What is the difference between a Late Model chassis and a Super Late Model Chassis?* Greg Marlowe: A Late Model stock chassis is based more off a [Nationwide] car. Perimeter-style chassis with a steering box. They are based more on a conventional car style and they have to weigh 3,100 pounds. A Super Late Model is basically a 2,800 pound, straight rail, lightweight chassis, aluminum interior, just a quicker race car, period. There are less rules so we can do more what we need to do to make the cars faster and it just makes for a really good race.

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