Rise and Run Related to Slope

Age and the NASCAR Driver: Can They Still Compete?

Jeff Gordon’s decision to step away from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing has resulted in a lot of discussion about aging drivers. We’re on the verge of a turnover as a number of drivers (Johnson, Stewart, Junior, Harvick among others) reach their forties. And what an appropriate topic for this week…

Is There Really a Second-Place Curse?

One of the commentators after the final race in Homestead mentioned that Jimmie Johnson should be happy he finished in third because it allows him to avoid the “dreaded second-place curse”.
Anytime someone says something like that, it makes me wonder whether there really is a curse, or whether that person had just been talking to Carl Edwards. So I analyzed a little data and guess what… there really IS a second place curse.

Why was Michigan so hard on Motors?

The Hendrick engine shop had four failures at Michigan.  The 24 and the 14 reportedly both had valve spring failures.  The worst was the 48, whose engine went south while leading with only six laps remaining.  Jimmie Johnson drove the car up to the hauler and walked back to his…

Infographic: Current Drivers’ Rookie Years

Just out of curiosity, I pulled up some data from racing-reference.info on different drivers’ rookie years in the Cup series.  The data are from each driver’s first full year as a Cup driver.  I picked out some drivers who have gone on to become series champions, some that will likely…

Richmond Redux: Relative Velocity

NOTE: Some clarifications added 1:00 p.m. 4/30/12. Thanks to all the commenters, especially @nateryan! I think Dave Moody did a good job breaking things down. The situation is confounded because there were so many different complications. Who from NASCAR is duly authorized to tell a spotter/crew chief/driver their position? Is…

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