GRUBB THE GAME CHANGER

 How much does a crew chief matter? Ask Denny Hamlin and the number 11 team over at Joe Gibbs Racing. On the heels of back-to-back victories at Bristol and Atlanta, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader in victories has all the makings of a championship winner with one race to go before the 10-race chase. Crew chief Darian Grubb- who helped guide Tony Stewart to the 2011 championship- has made a difference. After a couple of slower pit stops early on in Sunday night’s Ad ...

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DARIAN GRUBB: WINNING!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Crew chief Darian Grubb isn’t going to crow and thump his chest over his victory with Denny Hamlin Sunday; it’s not his style. By the same token, that warm grin on his face quietly speaks volumes about the fulfilling feeling he must be enjoying as he helps the 11 to victory in just his second race with the team after his dismissal at the end of Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship run. Grubb says he’ll take the high road and stay posi ...

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NEW RULES FORCE TEAMS TO ADJUST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ With the new rules package put in place by NASCAR prior to the Daytona 500, speeds have picked up and the guys behind the wheel have been forced to adjust the way they drive. A larger restrictor plate, a taller whicker down the back of the car and a new rear shock package have changed how the cars handle in the draft around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Already a handling-sensitive track, the new rules package – plus NASCAR’s ‘hands-off&rsqu ...

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