Safety vs. Speed: 2017 Changes to the Chassis

The Evolution of the Stock Car ADDITION: If you are more comfortable with Portuguese, check out this translation by Artur Weber and Adelina Domingos – and thanks to them for being interested enough in my work to do the tough job of translation. While many fans decried the look of…

NASCAR’s Laser Inspection Process: Confidence and Accuracy

There Will Be Rules… The last time I was at the R&D Center, I was givenĀ a copy of the official NASCAR rule book for 1948. It was about a quarter of a page. Now there’s a thick booklet filled with detailed specifications, part numbers, measurements, tolerances and AutoCad drawings. Weekly…

Juan Pablo Montoya’s Shocks

Juan Pablo Montoya’s pole run last Friday at Kansas was disqualified when his shock absorbers failed tech inspection. The shocks and springs are important components of the supension. A car without a suspension would bounce all over the track. When you hit a bump, the springs compress. When you go…

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