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Meanwhile, as Stewart-Haas Racing prepares to leave the sanctified heavens of Chevrolet behind for promised power fueled by Roush Yates engines and Ford, it appears the Hendrick stable might not be too happy about the whole situation. On Friday, Jimmie Johnson grumbled how SHR got all the Hendrick data this year but were not capitulating. Is that what happened inside the Hendrick garage? Apparently, after the announcement to sever ties earlier this year, SHR stopped sending data to the Hendrick shop.
Over the past week, the 2017 rules package was sent out to teams. The changes include a reduction to the spoiler and splitter, bringing the standard aero package in line with the one run at Michigan and Kentucky earlier this year. This low-downforce combination reduced grip and gave NASCAR fans a decent amount of excitement as drivers had to work a little harder to keep their cars off the wall and pointed in the right direction. While engineers will work furiously over the winter to replace some of the lost downforce, ultimately more control over the car will be placed in the pilots' hands. That can only be a good thing when we wish to avoid single-file parades.
Finally, Greg Biffle was making some noises like he might be heading toward retirement. Biffle's contract at Roush Fenway Racing expires at the end of this season, and after fighting to finish inside the top 5, he has accomplished that only once this year. The 46-year-old Ford driver has enjoyed a long career, setting records that still stand in the budding Camping World Truck Series from 1998 to 2000. However, he failed to garner the Cup he has always hoped for.
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Q: The 1996 DieHard 500 was delayed for hours due to rain (the race ended up being tape-delayed because the race didn't start until after CBS' timeslot ended). Once it did start, Rick Mast managed to end his chances at contention in an unusual way. What happened?
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