Which NASCAR Tracks Are Most Accident Prone?

With Bristol this weekend, thoughts turn naturally to carnage. Short track racing means accidents. Given the greater-than-usual level of aggression among drivers this year, we can expect there to be at least a few collisions.

But does short-track mayhem hold a candle to Daytona and Talladega? Let’s see.

NASCAR’s Penalty Box: Uncontrolled Tires

NASCAR changed the ‘arms-length uncontrolled-tire penalty’ after pressure from fans and drivers who complained that the rule was too subjective. Does the new rule solve those penalty problems? Does NASCAR Need an Uncontrolled Tire Rule? A wheel/tire combination weighs around 70 lbs. A 3200-lb car at a pit road speed…

The NASCAR Vortex Theory

The NASCAR Vortex Theory says that cars racing around an oval track create a rotational disturbance that repels oncoming storms. Truth? Or Myth? What’s a Vortex? A vortex is a region in a fluid (and remember: air is a fluid) where the flow revolves around an axis line. A physicist…

Does NASCAR Have a Momentum Effect?

Here’s a drinking game for you the next time you tune into any sports broadcast, be it motorsports, golf, rugby, boxing or tennis. Drink every time you hear the word ‘momentum’. You can play the game with pre-shows, post-shows, and even with elections or the stock market. Momentum seems to…

A montage of Sterling Marlin, a micrograph of a motor neuron, the Parkinson's Disease tulip and the #14 Late Model

Sterling Marlin, Parkinson’s and Deep Brain Stimulation

Sterling Marlin, one of only three drivers to ever win the Daytona 500 two years in a row, announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012. Last week, Marlin’s team announced that he was undergoing surgery to implant a deep brain stimulation (DBS) device to treat his Parkinson’s.

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