NO. 48 TEAM REEKED OF DESPERATION

Is the 48 team's drive for five fraying fraying at the seams? Title contenders don't normally pull their entire over-the-wall pit crews, which is exactly what crew chief Chad Knaus did on Sunday. Advantage: Denny Hamlin. 5 things we learned at Texas (SI.com) ...

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NERVOUS SEASON FOR NASCAR CREWMEMBERS

CHARLOTTE _ I ran into a friend of mine at the supermarket the other day. We used to work together at one of the NASCAR teams that dot my resume. He still toils in the field.“How are you? How’s it going?” I asked.He lets out an exaggerated exhale, smirked one side of his lips and shook his head. “I don’t know,” was his response.But I knew exactly what he was talking about. He went on to tell me how he was enjoying a weekend off for the first time in “ ...

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NASCAR AND NHRA CREWS GRIND IT OUT

CHARLOTTE _ The NHRA came to the heart of NASCAR country last weekend. Drag racing was the featured attraction at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s strip. The superspeedway across the street is famous for holding a 600-mile race each year but on this day cars were winning and losing after only 1,000 feet. Still, from the pit area the similarities in mechanic behavior was evident.You can tell a lot about a race team’s immediate status by the motion and speed of the pit crew. When a NASCAR Cu ...

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WHAT DO NASCAR CREWS DO DURING THE WEEK?

There is an old racing expression that states something about the 10-cent part taking the $100,000 racecar out of an event. It isn’t a cliché. It does happen. The way to prevent it is to check every part, even the 10-cent ones. And then check them again.A car is almost ready to load into a team’s transporter for a race weekend after the final scaling and setup is complete. The crucial safety check remains. This checking procedure is not a random free-for-all. Any mechanic cann ...

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PIT CREWS PERFORM WITH LITTLE SLEEP

College basketball tournaments are in full swing. The same arena can hold several games in a day. A busy schedule and a final game commencing at 9 that evening follow an early tip-off around noon. That is one long day if someone played there the entire time. Fortunately, nobody does.There is no reason for a hoop star to be anywhere near the hardwood floor at an early game when he has a late start time. They show up closer to their own tip-off and leave soon after the final buzzer. However the sa ...

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