The Physics of Nascar

Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101213949
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A physicist explores the science of speed racing and the #1 spectator sport in America, with 75 million fans. Every NASCAR fan—at one time or another—asks the same question: Why isn’t my favorite driver winning? This is your chance to discover how much more there is to NASCAR than “Go fast, turn left and don’t crash.” If you’ve ever wondered why racecars don’t have mufflers, how “bump drafting” works, or what in the world “Let’s go up a pound on the right rear and add half a round of wedge” means, The Physics of NASCAR is for you. In this fast-paced investigation into the adrenaline-pumping world of NASCAR, a physicist with a passion uncovers what happens when the rubber hits the road and 800-horsepower vehicles compete at 190 miles per hour only inches from one another. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky reveals how and why drivers trust the engineering and science their teams literally build around them not only to get them across the finish line in first place, but also to keep them alive. Leslie-Pelecky is a physicist in love with the sport’s beauty and power and is uniquely qualified to explain exactly how physics translates into winning races. Based on the author’s extensive access to race shops, pit crews, crew chiefs and mechanics, this book traces the life cycle of a race car from behind the scenes at top race shops to the track. The Physics of NASCAR takes readers right into the ultra competitive world of NASCAR, from the champion driver’s hot seat behind the detachable steering wheel to the New Zealander nicknamed Kiwi in charge of shocks for the No. 19 car. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky tells her story in terms anyone who drives a car—and maybe occasionally looks under the hood--can understand. How do drivers walk away from serious crashes? How can two cars travel faster together than either car can on its own? How do you dress for a 1800°F gasoline fire? In simple yet detailed, high-octane prose, this is the ultimate thrill ride for armchair speed demons, auto science buffs, and NASCAR fans at every level of interest. Readers, start your engines.

The Physics of NASCAR

Author: Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780525950530
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Draws on the author's expertise in physics, as well as interviews with mechanics, pit crews, and other insiders, to trace the life cycle of a race car and offer insight into the scientific aspects of high-speed racing, in an account that also explains how drivers survive dangerous accidents. 35,000 first printing.

The Physics of NASCAR

Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 9780452290228
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Draws on the author's expertise in physics, as well as interviews with mechanics, pit crews, and other insiders, to trace the life cycle of a race car and offer insight into the scientific aspects of high-speed racing, in an account that also explains how drivers survive dangerous accidents. Reprint.

The Math of NASCAR

Author: Ian F. Mahaney
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 1448825555
Format: PDF, ePub
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Using NASCAR racing, readers must employ addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to determine seating capacity at the Brickyard, horsepower, number of laps remaining, and fuel usage.

Real Men Work in the Pits

Author: Jeff Hammond
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781594861611
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A memoir of the author's life working in a NASCAR pit crew, from his early days as a tire changer and jackman to his promotion to crew chief, working with such champion drivers as Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt.

NASCAR the Complete History

Author: Greg Fielden
Publisher: Publications International
ISBN: 9781450820707
Format: PDF
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Every page is packed with incredible racing history. You'll enjoy: • Hundreds of amazing NASCAR photographs • A timeline of notable NASCAR moments from every year • Rankings, points, wins, and earnings for every NASCAR season through 2008 • Details on every top-level NASCAR race • Profiles of NASCAR's top drivers • In-depth essays examining seven decades of NASCAR racing • Fascinating NASCAR trivia and anecdotes

The Official NASCAR Trivia Book

Author: John C. Farrell
Publisher: FENN-M&S
ISBN: 0771051131
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Official NASCAR Trivia Book challenges fans with over 1001 NASCAR trivia questions and facts. With an answer section also included, this book will make a NASCAR expert out of any fan, while offering the most seasoned of followers and casual fans hours and hours of fun, laughter and great NASCAR content. This book makes the perfect compliment to any NASCAR enthusiasts collection of officially licensed NASCAR products.

Then Junior Said to Jeff

Author: Jim McLaurin
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623680476
Format: PDF, Docs
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This collection of behind-the-scenes happenings from the history of the beloved stock car series shares stories of the great and the infamous, revealing privy insights into the drivers that fans thought they knew everything about. The book grants a glimpse into Buck Baker's tomato juice incident, how his son Buddy Baker landed face first in the mud on an ambulance stretcher, Dale Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona 500 rolling crash and how he famously went from ambulance to car to complete the race, Tony Stewart's realization that racing was the ideal career choice, and how Jeff Gordon "misplaced" his commemorative Richard Petty money clip. Race fans with allegiance to any era of NASCAR, past or present, will feel drawn into the inner circle of the drivers after sharing in these inside stories that are worth the telling.

Real NASCAR

Author: Daniel S. Pierce
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807895726
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s, when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. Real NASCAR not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial.