How is a NASCAR Driver at Bristol like an Astronaut?
The Unique Challenges of Bristol Many drivers will tell you that, despite not having the highest speeds or a unique shape, or a long race time, Bristol is one of the most exhausting stops on the schedule. Laps take about 15 seconds, with about 60% of each lap being turns. […]
Turning at Bristol: A Weighty Matter
A lot of drivers cite Bristol as one of their favorite tracks. It’s a great exhibit for the argument that racing is more than just pure speed. High banks (which we know mean speed!) and a short track, which means tight racing. But a lot of drivers will tell you that Bristol is one of the most exhausting, physically demanding tracks on the circuit. Add to that the inherent stress of short-track racing, where 43 cars are operating in a limited (half-mile) track.
Sounds like an energy drink, right? Listening to Kyle Busch’s press conference Wednesday was alternately fascinating and cringe-worthy. The fact that he remembers so much about the crash is amazing – it will be a great boon to the safety people who probably will use this as a case study […]
Why the Sadler Pocono Crash Should Be The Worst Ever. Ever.
Please see my post at Building Speed on the truth behind Sadler’s Pocono crash.
Vickers, Blood Clots and Sitting Down
Sometimes, life isn’t content with just kicking you. It insists on running you over a couple of times and then spitting on you for good measure. Just in case you had an inkling of getting up again. The last twelve months have been very rough for me. Lots of broken […]
Daytona Potholes: Avoidable or Not?
NOTE I am in the process of migrating this blog over to Building Speed If you would like to comment, please do so on that site so that I have fewer comments to figure out how to move! I wake up in the morning listening to our local NPR station. […]
Eight Issues for NASCAR: Number 7 – Get Serious About Diversity
The purpose of this post is not to make arguments for or against “diversity”. I will delete comments on that theme because we can have the ‘there is no problem/yes, there is/yes there is, but it will solve itself in time’ argument till we are all blue in the face […]
Eight Things to Think About for 2010: Number Eight – Minimize Pit Road Speeding Penalties
OK, this is a minor one to start with, but one that I think could be pretty easily addressed. The Issue I’ve written two posts explaining how the drivers determine Pit Road speed (1 and 2), so I won’t repeat here why the cars have tachometers instead of speedometers, and […]