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

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 …

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

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 …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson On Slowing Down To Go Fast At New Hampshire

Kentucky Speedway was a challenge for crew chiefs and teams, especially Chevrolet with new twists introduced on the aero platform. As the series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the package reverts back to the standard one for 2015. As a result, teams are going to face a different variety …

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Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion On Gettin’ a Grip & Keepin’ Cool at Daytona

As the series heads to Daytona this week, marking the figurative “midpoint” of the 2015 season Kevin “Bono” Manion is just getting settled in. New to Richard Petty Motorsports, he’s finishing up his second month there after jumping from Tommy Baldwin Racing to be the head wrench for Sam Hornish, Jr. …

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Tech Talk: On a Cup Off-Weekend, a Little R&D

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, …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Safety, Horsepower & Tight Nuts

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 …

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