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Setup specialists strive to have all parts working in harmony

Keeping four tires firmly planted on the ground requires creews to choose shock absorbers and springs working in concert with each other and with specifications geared toward particular tracks.

Updated: March 31, 2008, 2:44 PM ET
By Bill Borden | Special to ESPN.com

When a Sprint Cup team sits down to plan what components will be used for power and the suspension in a race car chassis they have chosen to race at a particular track, they have a variety of decisions to make concerning what power band they want the engine to perform in, what gearing they will use to transfer that power to the track and what combination of suspension parts they will select to help keep the car glued to the track as consistently as possible.

The goal of the setup specialist ...

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