The Physics of Nascar

The Science Behind the Speed

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Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101213949

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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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

How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber

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Author: Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780525950530

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 286

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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

The Science Behind the Speed

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Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 9780452290228

Category: Science

Page: 300

View: 2836

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

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Author: Ian F. Mahaney

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448825555

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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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.

Driving with the Devil

Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

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Author: Neal Thompson

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307522269

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

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“Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey and you go to jail.” —Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend and one-time whiskey runner Today’s NASCAR is a family sport with 75 million loyal fans, which is growing bigger and more mainstream by the day. Part Disney, part Vegas, part Barnum & Bailey, NASCAR is also a multibillion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon that transcends geography, class, and gender. But dark secrets lurk in NASCAR’s past. Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR’s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life. With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine. Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash—if the drivers survived. Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents. The car of choice was the Ford V-8, the hottest car of the 1930s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads at 100 miles an hour. After fighting in World War II, moonshiners transferred their skills to the rough, red-dirt racetracks of Dixie, and a national sport was born. In this dynamic era (1930s and ’40s), three men with a passion for Ford V-8s—convicted criminal Ray Parks, foul-mouthed mechanic Red Vogt, and crippled war veteran Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion—emerged as the first stock car “team.” Theirs is the violent, poignant story of how moonshine and fast cars merged to create a new sport for the South to call its own. Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing. NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race in 1948. Driving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death-defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view. In the tradition of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, this tale not only reveals a bygone era of a beloved sport, but also the character of the country at a moment in time. From the Hardcover edition.

NASCAR the Complete History

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Author: Greg Fielden,Bryan Hallman

Publisher: Publications International

ISBN: 9781450820707

Category: Stock car racing

Page: 564

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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

Nascar Legends: Memorable Men, Moments, and Machines in Racing History

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Author: Robert Edelstein

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468300873

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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NASCAR Legends traces the story of stock car racing through the courageous, record-breaking drivers who made it the Number One spectator sport in America. NASCAR's 60-year history is rich with varied lore about heroic racers, incredible races, and love of family. There are profiles of true NASCAR stars: Bill France; Bobby and Davey Allison; Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Tony Stewart; Richard, Kyle, and Adam Petty, among other legends of the speedway. TV Guide motorsports reporter Edelstein's painstaking journalistic work, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge and love of the sport, make NASCAR Legends an essential book for anyone drawn to the roaring magic of the track.

1001 NASCAR Facts

Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities

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Author: John Close

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613253109

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

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For nearly 70 years, NASCAR has been the premier sanctioning body for organized Stock Car Racing in the United States. During that time, the sport has grown from a Southern, regional series to a global brand with its races telecast in more than 100 countries around the world.

Author John Close details the earliest races of the 20th Century that laid the groundwork for the formation of NASCAR through today's modern events at mega-race stadiums across the country. Presented in an easy-to-read decade-by-decade "Fact Format," this books allows you to spend a couple of minutes or hours at a time learning about the Cars (and Trucks), Personalities, Tracks, and Milestones of NASCAR, America's most popular and attended form of motorsports. Close, a longtime NASCAR journalist, author, team member, and race-day Spotter, also includes dozens of rare and informative photos that take you from the famed "Beach Course" at Daytona to the high banks of today's NASCAR tracks. A must read for any NASCAR, Stock Car Racing, and American Motorsports fan, the book will provide hours of interesting entertainment as it uncovers rare information and statistical anomalies. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial}

NASCAR in the Driver's Seat

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Author: Mark Stewart,Mike Kennedy

Publisher: LernerClassroom

ISBN: 0822590050

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Describes how NASCAR drivers train for the races, both physically and mentally, and explains the physics behind the racing cars.

Darlington Raceway

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Author: Cathy Elliott

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439641889

Category: History

Page: 128

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Some facilities are so special that they literally define their sport. Stock car racing as it is known today did not exist until one man, armed with a vision and a willingness to get his hands dirty, constructed a race track in the middle of a South Carolina peanut field. More than six decades later, Darlington Raceway is still considered one of the crown jewels of racing. "The Lady in Black" is home to the largest margin of victory in NASCAR® history and its closest-ever finish. The legendary track has been the proving ground for every superstar of the sport.

NASCAR Essential

Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!

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Author: David Poole,Jim McLaurin

Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)

ISBN: 9781572439559

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 210

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A one-stop record containing everything NASCAR fans want to know about stock car racing, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power with Examples from Motorsports

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Author: Randy Beikmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780837616155

Category: Science

Page: 604

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The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR

The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing

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Author: Greg Engle

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1683580109

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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When people think of NASCAR, many think of cars racing around a track. But those with a more intimate knowledge of the sport understand that there is much more to it. The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR uncovers everything you need to know to properly watch and enjoy the sport. Author Greg Engle uncovers the history of the sport, as well as an explanation of the rules, flags, and key terms. He reveals the best practices for watching it on TV, how to experience a NASCAR race in person, and much more. Along the way, he weaves in interviews with key figures from the NASCAR community to offer insiders’ perspectives on the ins and outs of NASCAR. Some of the many questions that this book answers include: • What does NASCAR stand for? • How did it get to where it is today? • What goes on at a pit stop? • What is it like to race 400 or 500 miles in just a few hours? • What is a wedge? • What is the best way to meet a driver? • How do you best enjoy a race in person? • And all the other things a new fan needs to know to understand and enjoy America's fastest sport, NASCAR!

The Race Car Chassis

Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- And Closed-Wheel Chassis

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Author: Forbes Aird

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781557885401

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 122

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Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns with a new identity, a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together. With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present?

The NASCAR Way

The Business That Drives the Sport

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Author: Robert G. Hagstrom

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471437077

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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From the bestselling author of The Warren Buffett Way, a revealing inside look at the booming business-and investment opportunities-of NASCAR "Hagstrom's insights and observations bring a refreshing 'outside' business perspective to our industry." --From the Foreword by William C. France, President, NASCAR "From its origins in Daytona in the '50s to today's live network broadcasts for millions of devoted fans, Robert Hagstrom offers an in-depth look at the fastest-growing sport in the country. The NASCAR Way explains how and why dozens of Fortune 500 companies have been lining up to jump on board." --Michael T. Hargrave, Senior Motorsports Manager, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "It is great to be associated with NASCAR, the France family, and for me to get paid for what I love-to race! In The NASCAR Way, you see a prime-time sport." --Dale Earnhardt, 7-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion "An accurate and entertaining perspective to the unbridled capitalism that has built NASCAR into the #2 sport in America after football." --Bill Nielsen, Director, Promotion Development and Licensing, Kellogg USA, Inc. "Hagstrom understands how our business works both on and off the track. His perception of our sport will have you racing through the pages on the edge of your seat. The book is definitely a winner!" --Dale Jarrett, Winston Cup driver

Rocket Men

The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

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Author: Robert Kurson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812988728

Category: History

Page: 384

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. “Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight. Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world. Praise for Rocket Men “In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn’t leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson “Rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight. . . . Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. . . . [A] gripping book.”—The New York Times Book Review

Eyewitness NASCAR

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Author: James Buckley

Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: 9780756611934

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

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This new title complements the new look of the Eyewitness series by taking a detailed tour of the fast-paced world of NASCAR.

NASCAR Learn to Draw Race Cars

Discover All You Need to Know to Begin Drawing Your Favorite NASCAR Race Cars

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Author: Waleed Rashidi,Craig Yoe

Publisher: Walter Foster Pub

ISBN: 9781936309337

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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This book provides detailed instructions on how to draw race cars.

The TB12 Method

How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance

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Author: Tom Brady

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501180738

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Quarterback Tom Brady offers the principles behind pliability, which is at the heart of a new paradigm shift and movement toward a more natural, healthier way of exercising, training, and living, and one that challenges some commonly held assumptions around health and wellness. Filled with lessons learned from Brady's own peak performance training, and step-by-step action steps to help readers develop and maintain their own peak performance, this book also advocates for more effective approaches to strength training, hydration, nutrition, supplementation, cognitive fitness, recovery, and other lifestyle choices.