GearBrain Roundup: Week ending 9/25/13

Been on the road just a little too much lately.  Hard to keep up with all the various tasks, but big news brewing soon that will make that a little easier!

Here’s some of the science in motorsport stories that got me going this week!

  • @nascarnomics has a histogram of different types of cautions 1990-2013.  The raw data comes from my favorite source of NASCAR data:  racing-reference.info!  It’s a great place for teachers to find data for kids to figure out how to represent in graph form.
  • Eric Chemi’s stats analysis predicts that Jimmie Johnson is most likely to win the Chase – of course, that was before Matt Kenseth’s second win.  Interested to see if Matt (who is currently behind Jimmie and Kyle) rises up in the predictions!
  • If you’re interested in the television viewing numbers, @nascarnomics has an interesting analysis showing that
    • The Chase really doesn’t affect the television viewing patterns (good or bad)
    • Night races actually make for worse television ratings
    • Some interesting data about NASCAR vs. NFL.
  • @PitRho has his mid-week Dover Fantasy analysis up.
  • And I’ll just remind everyone (especially the great math, science, engineering and technology educators I met last week in Iowa) that the National Science Foundation put together a cute series of videos on the science of speed.  As we reach that point in the semester where the newness of  school has worn off but we’re not far enough along to see the holiday break, this is a great way to get your kids a little revved up about things like momentum!

And here’s the photo out my hotel window in Des Moines last week during the Iowa STEM conference!  Any day you get to spend with people that dedicated to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to kids is an awesome day.  Thanks for having me as a speaker!  #iastem

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1 Comment

  1. I can see why night races have lower TV ratings. Several times I’ve went to check the start time on Sunday only to find out that it was ran Saturday night. I don’t have numbers but I’d guess there are more tracks today with lights for night racing than there were 10/20 years ago. I remember when Daytona had lights installed.

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