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Does Your Street Race Car Have Tinted Windows?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Cars, Race, Tinted Windows |

Hey there,

Happy you stopped by this post… I wanted to write a post about your street Race Car having Tinted Windows or not and if not, why?

As Race Car lovers, we put so much money into our rides, from rims, tires, paint, graphics, and all sorts of engine enhancements plus all kinds of interior upgrades and add-ons…

One of the most valuable things you can invest in your race car is window tinting. There are many benefits, most commonly is changing the looks with Tinted Windows. But you also get UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You can also protect the interior from cracking and fading from the sun damage… most high quality films protect from skin cancer and is backed my the Skin Cancer Foundation.

With Tinted Windows you can go with dark tints for more of a privacy look also known sometimes as a ghetto look but can also serve a purpose if you need privacy to hide tools or something like that in the back of a truck or van… As you know we are more taking about race cars here and not trucks or van, so some of us do like there windows blacked out pretty dark getting the Gangster look.

You can also go with a really light shade if you want to be seen easier in your ride, this is more for the benefits of UV Protection and or Heat Rejection from some of the higher end films out there.

You can also go with something in-between, the medium shades keep your race car looking more classy looking, more of my personal favorites. People can obviously tell your windows are tinted but its not supper dark either.

All Tints are not created equal… there are many different brands of automotive window film out there and within each brand there are multiple different lines of films. Each have there different qualities and benefits that should be considered before getting your windows tinted.  So do your research before investing in window tinting for your ride… Trust me it’s not worth it to go cheap in the short run just to save money because it will cost you double or triple in the long run if you go with cheap tint. I have seen it first hand.

Enjoy this video I found on YouTube

and feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think…

Do you have your car tinted?

How light or dark did you go?

What brand of film did you go with?

What line within that brand did you get?

leave a pic of your car if you can.


Thanks and all the best,

Check you on the next post.

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #44

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Oct 7th, 2009 by T.C.

We’ve got a short list of questions this week before the Cup and Nationwide Series head to California.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

1. From Ed:

What do you think of this idea:  no pits stops during caution periods.  Some of the advantages I see are as follows.  Save money,teams will not be putting on tires at every caution even if not needed.  Safety,not as many cars on pit road.  Less caution flag laps,get the beer can off the track and go.  No waiting for the lap cars to pit.  Teams not getting screwed because a caution comes after they pit on green.  It would be interesting to watch how crew chiefs would manage the race.

Not to insult your plan, but I’m not a fan of it. I don’t really see how that saves money, but even if it does I like free reign pit stops. Part of what I like about NASCAR is all the strategy that goes into it. As much as it’s about the driver, in order to win races and perform well it’s about your entire crew. Limiting pit stops would limit the competition in my eyes and I don’t like that. – Journo

2. From Safemike1:

So how come Carl Long got a suspension and fine for having an engine displacement of 358.15 instead of 358, and Jimmy Johnson;s car is .006 out of line and no fine or suspension? Pretty much any car that is out of tolerances has been fined by NASCAR and given points loss or even probation.  Isn’t it time that NASCAR enforce the rules the same all across the board?

Listen I don’t want to speak for NASCAR’s decision making on issues like this (I wasn’t there), but NASCAR doesn’t do itself any favors when this stuff happens. And there are definitely a lot of folks in the garage who weren’t pleased with this. In NASCAR’s defense Carl Long was fined so heavily because he was found with an oversized engine. Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin were pushing it with their bodies and arguably within the tolerance. At the end of the day this is an area that everybody screws with. I’m not saying NASCAR was right or wrong with their decision, but I agree with you that when stuff like this happens it looks bad. – Journo

3. From Tom:

How are teams selected to test tires for Goodyear?  Sorry if this was asked before, I missed it..Thanks

Goodyear usually selects one representative from two to three manufacturers to participate in tests.  They try and do it on a rotating basis. – T.C.

4. From Kenny:

How much performance difference do you get from 4 fresh tires instead of 2? If you had two identical cars starting from the same position on the track, about how long would it take for the car with 4 fresh Goodyears to overtake the one which had only fresh right-sides?  The 14 took 2 on his last stop and still pulled away from the field at the end of the race at Kansas. If you don’t get that much more from 4, why not take 2 every other pit stop just to gain position? Take lefts only often enough to make sure you don’t get blow-outs.  I’m also wondering about sticker tires. I see all the side to side steering to warm up the tires after a round of pit stops during cautions and at the beginning of a race, so I wonder if you lose performance when you make a green-flag stop. Would NASCAR permit a back-marker team running laps for position to scuff sticker tires for other teams?

The effect of four tires versus two really depends on the track.  At a track like Darlington that is very hard on tires, you almost never see a team only take two.  There is no formula for how quickly a car with four fresh tires would overtake a car with two fresh tires.  Tony Stewart was able to stay out front on two tires at Kansas because of that infamous “clean air.”  Being mired back in traffic negates some of the benefits of four tires.  In regards to new tires after green flag stops, drivers know that it will take a few laps at speed for the temps to come up and for the tires to be at their best.  This really happens after all pit stops, not just green flag stops. – T.C.

5. From Rain:

During Sunday’s race, Brad K was told by NASCAR to drive less aggressively around the chasers.  It sort of angered me. Isn’t that his job??? To win a race?

I’m going to straddle the fence on this one. I understand where NASCAR is coming from because you don’t want Brad K. to wreck one of the Chasers and that to impact the championship. On the other side of things he’s out there to race hard and win. That is his job. I don’t think I personally have a good way to look at this situation, but I think you’re justified in being irritated, whatever that’s worth. Here’s a good back and forth about the incident on – Journo

6. From Karen:

What are pit officials looking for when tires are changed?  In other words, I can see that they could easily tell if a lugnut was dropped, but how do they know from a distance that one is loose?  Do they look different?   How can they tell something like that?  Is it an exact science or is it subjective?   (p.s. I bet you can guess why I’m asking that question.  I hate to see a good run – finally! – ruined by something like that, and I really don’t want to hear that it’s one of those judgement calls but I’m betting it is! LOL)

The officials are looking to see if all the lugnuts are on the studs.  The rule specifically says “all lugnuts must be installed before the car leaves the assigned pit box.”  I’m guessing you are referring to Dale Jr’s pit stop at Kansas, and it is my understanding that a lugnut was missing, not loose.  I’ve never heard of a team being penalized by NASCAR for a loose lugnut, because there is really no way for an official to tell if a lugnut is loose or tight. – T.C.

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #45

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Oct 14th, 2009 by T.C.

It’s a home game this week, as both the Nationwide and Cup cars take to the 1.5 mile Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord.  But while the season starts winding to a close, ATIW keeps chugging along.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

1. From Justin:

Are wheels weighed by NASCAR? Never heard anything about teams lightening wheels so I’m assuming the answer is yes.

I’ve never seen a wheel weighed personally, but the rule book says they must weigh a minimum of 27 pounds uncoated and without valve hardware. – T.C.

2. From Ricky:

What really makes me mad is the fact that Dave Blaney is a great racer, and yet he drives a Start & Park car… I remember the spring race at Talladega where he led quite a few laps….and then he got spun out and parked it! I believe if he would have stayed out there he would have had a good chance at a good finish! I was so angered by the situation! The whole deal of Start and Parks angers me. If you are going to race in NASCAR’s top series, then race! Don’t go out and be whimps and park it. What do you think about this? How did you feel when Blaney put that car up front, then parked it just because of a lousy spin? I really thought that was a bonehead move… I am a big fan of Dave Blaney. Please help cool heads prevail and tell me… WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!

The answer is they were taking the money and running. That’s the whole purpose of the start and parks. Instead of running the risk that they’ll wreck their equipment by running the whole race, they make a few laps and take the guaranteed money. For their intended purposes and the strength of their equipment it really wasn’t a bonehead move. Whether you agree with it or not, they’re becoming a fact of life. Trust me though, NASCAR is not a fan. – Journo

3. From Dot:

Regarding burning and scraping tires. How do you know when to stop scraping? What happens if you go to far?  Regarding loose/missing lugnuts.  If one is loose or missing (and missed by the official), wouldn’t the other ones hold the tire on?

Scraping a tire after a race run is done to get any excess rubber and garbage off the tread so an accurate tread depth reading can be made.  The tire specialist only scrapes that excess off.  I’m not even sure you could go too far and scrape any of the tread off.  And yes, if there are only four lugs tight they will probably hold the tire on for a while.  But would you really want to take the chance that they don’t hold?  I know I wouldn’t. – T.C.

4. From Jason:

What is the typical amount that a business pays to sponsor a truck in the Camping World Truck series?  I’ve read things like $20 – 30 million for Cup and $15 – 8 million for Nationwide. But I have never heard any number for the truck series. Thank you!

For a full season with a decent team you’re looking at $2 million to $5 million. As far as your Cup Series number goes, many are below that $20 million mark. – Journo

5. From David:

Why do the tires have red stripe on the side wall?

Tires have colored tape on the sidewalls for the tire carriers.  They use that mark to line up the stud holes when they are indexing a tire during a pit stop.  See more about this here. – T.C.

6. From PrincessStewart14:

It has been reported tonight, by Marty Smith, Jim Utter and Jeff Gluck to name a few, that Tom Logano had his hard card pulled for ‘gesturing at Greg Biffle postrace’ [via Marty Smith on Twitter] What are some other things NASCAR would take your hard card? Just what they would deem bad behaviour or harmful?

NASCAR could probably take a hard card for whatever reason they wanted.  Hard cards are technically owned by NASCAR, and they can use the taking of one as punishment.  I’m sure John Darby, Joe Balash, and/or Wayne Auton could probably answer this one better then I can. – T.C.

7. From Michael:

Whatever happened to Fatback Mcswain?

You know that’s a good question and one I don’t have an answer for. Does anyone know anything about Fatback’s whereabouts?

8. From Jeff in SoCal:

Ok so I have to say it! The Nationwide series race was way more entertaining than the Sprint cup race at Auto Club this week. What gives?  Also what would you guys do to tighten up the field in a very cool(love how huge it is), yet boring race track?

I think because we saw more cautions during the NNS race, the field was bunched up more.  When that happens, there is bound to be more side by side racing and more action.  Double file restarts have helped too.  And I have no idea how to fix the racing at Auto Club Speedway.  Maybe tear it down and start over again? – T.C.

9. From Stephen:

I listened to AJ Allmendinger’s post race interview with ESPN at California and to me it sounded like he was trying to throw someone under the bus for his lack of preformance, but he never really came out and said who.  I got the feeling that he was trying to say that Kahne gets the better engine’s. Do ya’ll have any insight on what  Allmendinger was trying to get at?

I’m not exactly sure what you’re referring to, but it’s very possible he was referring to the engine situation at RPM. With the trouble’s they’ve had of late, plus the move to Ford, it’s not doing him, or any other member of the team, any favors in the performance department. And certainly Kahne is going to get the best engines, he’s the only member of the team with a shot at the Championship. – Journo

10. From Ric:

I’ve seen drivers / crew / TV personalities put on and take off the steering wheel. It looks like they just throw it on, no trying to align anything. There must be something to slide the steering wheel into the correct spot.

The steering column has splines on it, and the wheel itself fits onto those splines and has a quick release.  Teams will help their driver line up the wheel prior to the race.  Sometimes you will see drivers pull to the inside during pace laps, and what you are seeing is them setting their wheel.  A tape mark at 12 o’clock tells a driver if the wheel is straight. – T.C.

11. From Neon:

Just as the drivers in Cup have their personal motorcoach delivered to each race, which of the crew chiefs have their motorcoach on the premises? Owners or other crew members?

Most owners have motorcoachs, some crew chiefs do and some team executives do to. Ultimately the guys most likely to have them are the ones who make the most money. You have to figure you’re probably spending $500,000+ on a coach, $30,000+ a year on a coach driver, and then thousands of dollars more on fuel, and upkeep. With the small number of spaces available it’s a pretty restrictive thing for those who are not drivers. – Journo

12. From Larry:

What does the announcement, by Con-way Freight, that they are moving to the Nationwide Series, with Colin Braun, do to the rumored sponsorship of Johnny Benson, in the Truck Series?

This means that Johnny won’t be sponsored by Conway. Beyond that I unfortunately can’t really offer any more insight into the situation. Does this mean Johnny won’t be back to the truck series next year? Absolutely not. Beyond the initial rumors of him going to Kyle Busch’s team next year though I really haven’t heard anything else. – Journo

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #46

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Oct 21st, 2009 by T.C.

We’ve got a good batch of questions for you this week, and many from some new names which is great to see!  Remember, there are no stupid questions here, and even if we’ve answered a question in the past, we will answer it again.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

1. From Scott:

How are the rims handled in NASCAR?  Does Goodyear haul them from race to race?  If Goodyear always has the rims do they check them for damage and how are old and new rims rotated in and out of the line up?  Thanks, and I love your website!

A company called Champion Tire & Wheel hauls all of the wheels for the teams to the track, and they also store them and check them for damage before the races.  Champion also transports the pit boxes and some other equipment for most Cup teams and many of the Nationwide teams. – T.C.

2. From Donald:

What happend to Scott Riggs. I haven’t heard his name anywhere for the last 2 months.

As far as I know he’s out there looking, like a lot of other guys. I don’t really know anything specific, sorry. – Journo

3. From Sue:

Does NASCAR prior to qualifying ever check the fuel in the cars  to verify that additional additives such as more alcohol were not added by the teams?

If NASCAR wants a fuel sample, they usually do it after qualifying is over. – T.C.

4. From fanwanzabee:

Were there as many empty seats at Saturday’s race as it seemed to me watching on TV.  This is bad news for all,  When I go to a race, about half my money goes to other things than tickets.

Yes. I’m not good at estimating how many were in the crowd, but attendance was the worst I’ve ever seen at Lowes. Tom Sorenson at the Charlotte Observer wrote a little bit about it. This season has definitely been different. Charlotte in the last few years has been one of those tracks where you could get tickets up until race time, but the crowd has always been pretty good. It’ll be interesting to see how attendance does next season. – Journo

5. From Woogeroo:

With all the hullabaloo over consistent start times and things, I started wondering what exactly that meant. Talking heads start time? National Anthem singing? The fly over? Green flag waving? I miss the days when you turned on the race and they were on the parade lap. I’m glad NASCAR gets coverage and all, but jeez… I really only care about the race. -W

All that means is that the official start time will be standardized. That still means the race won’t start for 15-20 minutes after that “start time.”  – Journo

6. From Anonymous:

What is it that is making the 48 team so good? I do not believe Jimmie is a better driver than Tony, Jeff or even Carl and Kyle. It’s hard to believe other teams haven’t figured it out yet. Are the resources and “under the hood talent”  that much different between the A level teams??

Like I said in my post today, if I knew exactly what the answer to this question was, I’d be a rich man.  My guess is that it’s not necessarily that one of the parts is better, it’s that the sum of the parts is just a bit better.  Jimmie + Chad + Hendrick equipment + team 48 = success.  I promise you though, teams are working overtime trying to figure out how to beat the 48. – T.C.

7. From Ella:

I don’t understand how there can be such a difference in performance in COT cars from the same stable.  It is said that the crew chiefs share information among themselves but then you have Carl Edwards limping along while his teammates run much faster.  Same with Earnhardt and his team mates.  One would think there would be more parity.  What things make a difference?

You’ve got to remember that every driver wants their car setup differently.  What works for Jimmie Johnson might not necessarily work for the other three Hendrick drivers; and vice versa.  So copying the 48’s setup exactly won’t make Jeff Gordon run as good.  The teams share information, but drivers and crews need to know how to use and apply that information the best possible way to go fast.  And you also need to keep in mind that we are still very earlier in the life cycle of the COT.  Teams are still doing a ton of R&D to figure out what the car needs to be really good. – T.C.

8. From Big John:

Great site guys!  If a team picks up a new sponsor during a race weekend, is there a grafix company that travels the circuit that can make decals for the cars?

I don’t believe any of the graphics companies have a mobile operation, but I do believe that they will overnight decals to a track if they have enough warning.  If it’s too late for that, I’d imagine a team would have to track down somebody locally to get the printing done.  Maybe if somebody from TDS or Motorsports Designs reads our blog they could give us more details. – T.C.

9. From Ron:

We tend to take for granted improved safety in NASCAR, thanks to advancements like the COT, SAFER barrier, etc.  My question is, has any Cup driver missed seat time this season due to an injury received on the track?  I can’t recall any.

Not any Cup drivers. We’ve seen some pretty gnarly wrecks, but thankfully, thanks in large part to these safer features, no one has been seriously injured. Off track is a different story. Turns out walking on your dock and playing Frisbee is more dangerous than driving a stock car.  – Journo

10. From Roger:

Todays post about the #48 got me thinking a little about cautions that are called. Sometimes (especially late in a race), a caution will come out for debris which turns out to be a water bottle, obviously thrown out of one of the cars.  A situation like this usually ends up with 3 to 5 laps under the yellow and everyone (who wants to) pitting. This changes the strategy and dynamics of the race and could be blamed on a driver (at least in my mind!)  Why does NASCAR treat an obvious and possibly planned strategy as it does? In my opinion, they should check/clear the track as necessary and get back to racing with the pits closed all the time during that yellow.

Unless there is video of a driver doing something blatant, there really is no way to know where debris came from.  It could have been a water bottle out of the stands.  I know in the past drivers have tried to tear off pieces of roll bar padding and throw them out windows to cause a caution.  Sometimes they got away with it, and sometimes they got caught.  Wasn’t it Carl Edwards that got busted a few years ago for this?  Either way, I don’t think NASCAR is going to start saying which caution periods you can and can’t pit during.  If they did, people would probably start saying that NASCAR was only allowing teams to pit during a certain caution because it benefited a Dale Jr. or a Jimmie Johnson. -T.C.

11. From Ben:

Now that the #48 and #5 have passed NASCAR extended tech inspection 3 weeks in a row has Jack Roush backed off on his “Hendrick is cheating” rant.  Reminds me his “Tiregate” accusations…

Jack Roush is a little like Felix Sabates. He likes to open his mouth from time to time and complain or just say generally outlandish things. He’s Jack Roush though and he can get away with it. – Journo

12. From Chris:

If JPM were to win the Championship would this give F1 fans bigger egos about being better drivers?

I don’t think so. I think it would be a testament to Juan’s talent though. – Journo

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #47

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Oct 28th, 2009 by T.C.

Apparently everyone is in a question asking mood, because we have (I believe) the largest ATIW post ever.  So we’ll just get right to it.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

1. From Patrick:

This popped up the other day when I was watching Happy Hour, the #38 team was having trouble with the placement of pedals, specifically the steering column rubbing against the brake. It got me to wondering, how closely – if at all – does NASCAR monitor seat placement? By moving the seat a few inches around it seems teams could change the cars balance. Is there a mandated location for the seat?

NASCAR mandates how the seats are built and also how they are mounted, but there really isn’t a whole lot in the rulebook about where the seat is mounted.  It would be tough for NASCAR to do, because every driver is a different size and they all have certain preferences for seat placement due to comfort. – T.C.

2. From Steve:

As to the difference between the 48 and the 24, during an episode of NASCAR Now, one of the panelists said a difference between Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon is that Gordon steers (or maybe it was drives) with the steering wheel while Johnson prefers to use the gas pedal.  First, please explain the difference.  Second, why and when would there be an advantage to one style over the other?  Is there something about the COT that makes it more amenable to Johnson’s style?

Often times guys that came up on asphalt will do more with the wheel, and guys that came up on dirt will do more with the throttle.  On dirt, car control is based off throttle modulation because for so much of the track the car is in a slide.  Drivers can’t do a whole lot with the wheel in a slide.  These types of drivers who control the car with throttle are successful with the COT because the only way to be fast is to set the car up loose.  This certainly isn’t a rule, but it is very common. – T.C.

3. From Tom:

Hey guys, I’m a relatively new NASCAR fan watching from the UK. I was wondering if you could answer a quick question. I watch a lot of F1 and while the casual observer might think that the cars all look the same, they are actually all different and with different engines etc. How does this work in NASCAR…obviously there are different manufacturers, but it also seems like different teams using the same manufacturer have different cars. Is this correct? And what does the Car of Tomorrow actually mean?

First, there are some small differences between the cars, but not many.  The chassis for the COTs are all generally the same.  The bodies have some minor differences, and the engines differ between manufacturers.  Nobody uses different models within the same manufacturer.  The Dodge is a Charger, the Chevrolet an Impala, the Ford a Fusion, and the Toyota a Camry.  A few years back, Cup cars resembled what is currently used in the Nationwide Series.  After a few driver deaths, in order to improve safety, NASCAR redesigned the Cup cars and this new version is referred to as the COT (or Car of Tomorrow). – T.C.

4. From Thomas:

I just read an interview with Jimmie Spencer & Kyle Petty & they both blame the COT and it being so sensitive that a 1/8″ change will mess it up.  However, every week we hear Knaus talk about “we kept making changes till we got it better.”  How can #48 make all these changes & the others cannot?  I think it is because JJ wants a very loose car which gives them more leeway for changes. HHmmmmm!!!

They’re certainly a lot more sensitive, but there are a lot of different changes that can be made in different areas. Certainly Chad Knaus isn’t the only one playing with the car; everyone is doing it. He’s just having a little more success with it than other teams, so he and the #48 are the ones that get talked about.- Journo

5. From Barry:

Any news on where Bobby Labonte might end up next yr?
And, any news on the state of Motorsports Authentics? Will they stave off bankruptcy?

Bobby’s been rumored to TRG and EGR. TRG has actually expressed interest in him, and I do know he was talked about for the #1 car. I don’t think the #1 car is as likely as TRG though. As far Motorsports Authentics goes, I haven’t heard anything more since their SEC filing a couple of weeks ago. They’re in trouble whatever the case. With NASCAR looking to combine licensing efforts, it’ll be interesting to see what happens there. – Journo

6. From Savannah:

Hey guys!  How closely does NASCAR monitor the driving history & violations of drivers off the track?  Can a driver face disciplinary action by NASCAR if they have too many speeding tickets?  In the recent Michael Waltrip accident, the police reported alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck, although Waltrip was barely under  the legal limit.  Would NASCAR force him into rehab since this does cause some embarrassment for the sport (and it is not his first accident- the telephone pole incident of 2007)?  Driving drunk or buzzed is something that is totally avoidable and just plain stupid, especially when you are a high profile person.   Kurt Busch was sidelined by Roush for just being issued a ticket.  I can’t wait to hear what excuse Waltrip’s camp will issue after this latest incident.  I hope that all drivers will take notice and be sure to have a sober driver behind the wheel after they have been partying/drinking/ carousing.

I can’t think off the top of my head of a situation where this has happened, but I would guess NASCAR would be inclined to dole out a penalty if a driver were legally drunk and driving. Remember Waltrip was within the law. In the situation of Kurt Busch the incident occurred at the end of the season, one in which Kurt was jumping ship and he was not well liked around Roush. It wasn’t a difficult decision for them to suspend him for the remainder of the season. Obviously I contradict myself because NASCAR didn’t do anything with Kurt Busch, but I would guess they could slap a driver with “actions detrimental” if they wanted. I agree with you though, this situation should be an eye-opener. – Journo

7. From Tom:

Why do the NNS cars look so jacked up on one side when looking at them from the rear?

It’s the way the bodies are hung on them.  In order to take full advantage of the aerodynamics of the cars and the spoilers, the teams twist the bodies.  That way, when the cars are in the corner, they are getting maximum downforce, and hopefully maximum grip.  I’m not an aerodynamics expert, but the idea is to get the spoiler as far out into the air as possible when the car is in yaw. – T.C.

8. From Woogeroo:

Howdy folks.  At each race weekend, is the same pace car used?  Does each series have it’s own or is it a track by track deal the track operators have with whatever manufacturer?

It depends on the contract the track has. For instance Martinsville is a Toyota track while I believe Homestead is a Ford track. – Journo

9. From Marc:

With Silly Season in full swing, I am trying to get a handle on who controls the points in some of the top-35-points-related team “mergers” from this past year.  I assume, for example, that Penske will keep control the points of the 77 team, having “acquired” the 2008 points from Bill Davis and his old 22 team.  And, Childress will keep the points from the 33 (which got the 2008 points of the old 01 team).  But, what about the 34 team?  Will Front Row Motorsports keep the points for the team or do they go back to DEI/EGR?  Will Yates keep the points from the 96 team or will they go wherever HOF racing partners next year? Does JTG Daugherty keep the 47’s points they got from the old 00 points through a “technical alliance” with MWR?  I have not seen press about contractual situations surrounding these deals and was hoping you guys knew something more.  Thanks for all of the great work here.

The points will remain with the organizations that purchased them. They’ll just roll over to next season. Remember they more or less bought a position in the top-35, but the points they have amassed over the season are theirs. In the case of HOF, I don’t believe Yates ever actually owned the points, so those will likely remain with HOF; that was just a technical alliance. – Journo

10. From Allen:

I’ve been to many races and always notice on the flag stand they hang a black, white, and orange box on the side of the flag stand before each race, any idea what that is for?

What I believe you are referring to is the display NASCAR hangs from the flag stand to be used when a car is black flagged.  When this happens, NASCAR will wave the black flag at the car as it passes, announce it over their radio frequency, and post the car’s number on this display.  You will sometimes hear this referred to as a team was “posted.” – T.C.

11. From Kim:

I heard something odd during the telecast from Martinsville. It looked like Johnson was speeding on pit road, as he came out of his box; I distinctly heard an announcer (DJ?) mention something about an “average” on pit road, that there are eight timing sections and that you can actually go OVER pit road speed as long as when you hit one of the speed lines, you are going the correct speed (I hope I’m describing it correctly). My friend heard it, too and we were aghast as we had never heard that pit road speeding penalties were based on an “average”. The same term was used again later in the race. Is this true or did I hallucinate/misunderstand he comment?

As I understand it (and I may be wrong) NASCAR uses the scoring loops on pit road to measure how long it takes a car to travel through that specific segment.  It has nothing to do with a measured speed.  With some simple math, NASCAR can figure out how long it will take a car to travel through the segment within the legal speed limits.  What teams have started figuring out, is that they can pick certain pit boxes on pit road, depending on the placement of the loops, and actually speed.  It allows the drivers to be able to speed into their pit boxes, and out of them; before they cross the next scoring loop.  They can do this, because that measured time between loops will be much greater because of the time it takes to complete the pit stop.  Hopefully that makes sense. – T.C.

12. From Robyn:

If the 4 car limit only for the Cup Series?  If not, why does Roush keep saying that they will run 5 Nationwide cars in 2010?  What does NASCAR (or those in the garage) think about teams (especially in NW), for all intents, selling thier owner points for a race?

There is no car limit in the Nationwide Series. So Roush (or any other organizations) could have as many teams as they want. As far as I know NASCAR doesn’t have any problems with the teams selling their points. In some situations, it means they’ll have fewer start and parks, so I would imagine they’re fine with it. – Journo

13. From Dan:

Wow! Are we seeing the birth of a new “Intimidator”? Sounds as if JPM has some people worried. Gordon’s comments after the race got my attention and Chad Knaus cautioned his driver of Montoya’s antics during the race. Maybe this just what NASCAR needs to fill all those empty seats on race day. Your thoughts.

I think JPM certainly has that killer spirit. Part of the mystique of Dale Earnhardt and part of his role as the intimidator though was his success, which Montoya hasn’t had. Drivers knew they were going to have a fight on their hands with him in the rear view mirror, I don’t think Montoya is there yet. Certainly he has a ton of potential and the other drivers are starting to take notice, but I think he has a ways to go before we can say we have a new intimidator. – Journo

14. From Amy:

Approximately how many helmets does a driver go through in a given season? What about the crew?

Unless a helmet is damaged in an incident, they don’t usually need to be replaced.  Drivers will usually have multiple helmets because of different sponsor commitments and paint schemes.  The same goes for pit crew guys.  I’ve been using the same helmet(s) all season. – T.C.

15. From Ric:

How much notice does the crew need for various changes; Air Pressure, Wedge, Track Bar, Spring Rubber, etc.

Not much, unfortunately.  Air pressure changes probably need the most warning, because the tire guy needs to run around and change the pressures before the tires can be taken over the wall.  Wedge and track bar adjustments can be called pretty late before the car enters the stall, as long as the crew guys have enough time to grab wrenches.  Spring rubbers can be called late, but usually there is plenty of warning because they take more time to get out.  A spring rubber, because of the weight of the adjustment usually isn’t called last minute. – T.C.

16. From Ric:

When drivers help anther driver (debris on a radiator, lead a lap, push from behind, drafting, etc) is this $$$, kindness of their heart, instructions from the boss (same team), other?

Most of the time you’ll only see teammates letting each other lead laps or helping with debris. I guess in rare circumstances a driver who is friendly with another driver might be willing to help him out when it comes to debris (an if you scratch my back, i’ll scratch your’s situation). As far as drafting goes, that is something that just happens out on track. A driver might be more reluctant to draft with certain guys, but it’s not like letting a guy lead or helping him with debris. – Journo

17. From Jeff in SoCal:

What can we expect to see from the new Ford engine being ran by Roush Fenway at Talladega next week? Do you guys think it is going to be a major improvement?

I’m sure the new Ford engine probably makes better numbers, but don’t expect to see a huge improvement over the previous version.  Doug Yates and his guys do a good job, but they aren’t going to magically find huge numbers.  The rules haven’t changed for engines. – T.C.

18. From Carole:

Jr had 3 flat tires and brake problems this weekend.  My husband says he probably unconsciously rides the brake with his left foot.  What do you think was his problem?

From what I know about the situation, Jr. told Lance McGrew several times that he was not riding the brakes.  He usually runs very good at Martinsville, and you don’t do that unless you know how to take care of your brakes.  Plus, I don’t believe Jr. is a left foot braker, which can often lead to a driver riding the brakes because they rest their foot on the pedal. – T.C.

19. From Amy:

Wow…I am totally shocked about Steve Addington being relieved of his crew chief position for Kyle Busch.  Yeah Kyle hasn’t had the best of seasons this year…but seems to me all drivers have the occasional crappy season.  Why replace Addington? Any thoughts?

I can’t say I’m surprised they made this decision, but I also can’t say it’s something I would have done. It’s hard to reconcile removing the guy who led your driver to 12 wins over two seasons. That said I think the issue here comes down to consistency, something Kyle has struggled with, even while having a lot of success. Obviously the folks at Gibbs think Dave Rogers will do a better job of achieving that consistency than Addington. Time will tell. – Journo

20. From bb:

Hi Guys.  Firstly, your website is a great combination of information, news and editorial content that has a lot more meaningful depth than most others, so please don’t change it too much…….Second, I was wondering what the feeling in the garage is about the future/stability of MWR. Will they be likely to get sponsorship to be able to run the 00 full time? It seems like they are pretty close to breaking through to being able to field contending cars on a consistent basis. Also, does a full time nationwide ride for Mikey look likely?

Well thank you. I think Waltrip is in just as good a shape as any other organization. Certainly sponsorship is difficult to come by, but RCR, EGR, Hendrick all have (or have had) sponsorship issues going into next season. As far as Reutimann goes, I don’t think you have to worry about him running a part time schedule next season. I’m sure they’ll fill the gaps, which I believe is somewhere around 12 races. I haven’t heard anything more about Michael in the Nationwide Series next season. Like anything I’m sure that’ll be determined on whether or not they can secure funding for a team. – Journo

21. From Robyn:

Looking at the other competition caution – the one called for before the race begins.  This past week when it rained in Martinsville, I don’t recall a competition caution being called for the truck race.  That series raced on a green track.  I don’t recall hearing about rain on Saturday night, so there was rubber on the track.  Why was there a planned competition caution in the Cup race (Waltrip negated it with his lap 40-something spin)?  These teams are supposed to be the best of the best.  They should know how their tires will wear without making a race run, which some teams did on Friday anyway.

The only thing I can think of here, is that NASCAR was concerned because the Cup cars hadn’t been on track since Friday.  Other than that, I’m not really sure what to tell you.  In any case though, it’s usually better to be safe then sorry. – T.C.

22. From Harold:

Are the tires used in NASCAR races provides free or do they have to pay for them?

Teams technically lease tires for competition, and they are not free.  They cost about $1,500 a set. – T.C.

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #48

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Nov 4th, 2009 by T.C.

And then there were three.  Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead are the last remaining races on the 2009 schedule before we put it in the record books.  But before we start the home stretch, we’ve got more of your questions and our somewhat educated answers.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

Just a quick follow up from a few weeks back, we were asked what Michael “Fatback” McSwain was up to these days.  We have confirmed that he is running an auto repair shop in Dallas, NC. – T.C.

1. From Kenny:

Do you think some drivers might intentionally spin out just to get screen time for their advertisers? I’m thinking about Robby Gordon here, because he seems to bring out a yellow at least once during every race.

While I don’t think this is going on (if it is Robby is doing a very bad job of it because Jim Beam is leaving at the end of the season), anything is possible. One thing to remember though, is if you’re a company sponsoring a lesser team you go into it knowing that you’re not going to get a lot of TV time. These sponsorships are much larger marketing efforts (that can be said for any team). If they just wanted TV time it would be a lot cheaper to buy TV advertisements. – Journo

2. From Ross:

T.C.: It’s probable that someone on the blog has ripped your driver.  Does that make you cringe a bit when you read it?

Nope, everyone is entitled to their opinions.  I know how things really are with my driver, so outside talk doesn’t bother me.  Besides, maybe we’ve ripped my driver on here too… – T.C.

3. From Bobby#7Fan:

What is the deal with NASCAR giving AJ a breath test before practice Friday?  It seems to me it’s just a way to embarrass him.  Did they really think he was throwing back shots before getting into the car?  I saw Tony Stewart scratch his ass before practice once, did they check him for hemorrhoids?

I’ll be honest with you, I was in favor of NASCAR suspending him, but I thought the breathalyzer was over the top. I really don’t know what the purpose of it was. It was a little press for them, but it really only served to add to AJ’s embarrassment. – Journo

4. From AJ:

I don’t know how to ask this in a question but has a superstar from the Nationwide series ever gone on to win the Cup? Two sets of drivers come to mind for me, Matt Kenseth and Jr, and Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer. Both Jr’s were 2 time nationwide champs, but it was the runner ups Matt and Clint that have gone on to preform better on the Cup level. Same for JJ and Stewart, they never really got their barring in the lower level and it wasn’t until they came to Cup that they excelled in stock cars.

Are you asking if any former “Nationwide” champions (before they went to Cup) have gone on to great success in the Cup Series? Ned Jarrett was a Sportsman Division champion and Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle were all Busch Series champions. It’s an interesting point and one I’ve never really thought about. As of now I guess it really isn’t a great indicator of success in the Cup Series. – Journo

5. From Mike:

Since this week was an impound race many cars and most go or go home cars were probably still on some kind of qualifying setup. Since you know it was probably going to be cancelled can you adjust them back to race trim or is there a stop work time? On a normal week can’t you work on it until right before it goes on the track?

Qualifying trim for an impound race is really only a taped up grill, pumped up air pressures, and some other small adjustments.  Once qualifying is cancelled, NASCAR allows the teams to make final adjustments, which includes taking the car out of qualifying “trim.”  On a normal, non-impound weekend, teams can work on the cars right up until they need to be in line for pre-race inspection on race morning. – T.C.

6. From Lost In Texas:

The firing of the #18 crew chief is bothering me.  Can either of you lend some insight into how something like that happens.  How much did Kyle have to say about it?  Sure would to be a fly on the all at JGR.

I would say the situation differs from team to team. Some drivers have more say about these situations than others. Look at Juan Pablo Montoya. He had three different crew chiefs last season, and I can tell you he wasn’t happy about any of the changes. I honestly can’t tell you internally what the conversation was at JGR, but I’d guess there were pretty lengthy discussions between Jimmy Makar and the Gibbs’. I’m a little skeptical of this move too, but they must think this situation will be better. – Journo

7. From Ric:

I have noticed that some over the wall people wear 1 piece suits, others wear two piece suits. Who decides what you wear? What is the pro / con of both of them? Is there another type?

Some teams decide which kind they want their guys to wear, but in many cases it’s just a preference thing.  Often times when Simpson, Impact, or whoever is making the firesuits does their fittings with the crew guys, they will ask what your preference is.  I’m not really sure of pros vs. cons, it’s really just what a guy thinks is most comfortable.  There is also a three piece, which is pants, a top, and then a vest that goes over the top. – T.C.

8. From Ric:

I noticed on the back bumper about middle to right of the car either a cover (guessing about 3?X3?), or something sticking out slightly from the car. What is this?

This is where they put the rear facing on board cameras.  If the car is carrying it, the camera is mounted there, and if it isn’t carrying one the hole is just covered. – T.C.

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!

Ask The Insiders Wednesday #49

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Ask the Insiders, Nascar |

Nov 11th, 2009 by T.C.

All three series have one more trip out West for the year.  While the haulers make the long trek to Phoenix, we’ve got another question and answer post for you.  If you don’t know what this post is, until further notice, we will be answering any and all reader questions every Wednesday, right here.  So if you’ve got one, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send one to us.  On to the questions…

1. From Savannah:

Hey Guys, does the COT become airborne in accidents more than the old style car?  In several wrecks, the cars seem to be flipping more than the older car.  Does the wing on the back of the car cause it to loose the downforce and then the flipping starts?  I am just curious.  I apologize if you have already responded to this type of question in the past.

I’ll be honest with you, I can’t really give you a great explanation of this. Diandra over at Stock Car Science though does have a good explanation of why this is occurring with seemingly more frequency. By the way Stock Car Science is a great blog; the woman who writes it, wrote The Physics of NASCAR. – Journo

2. From Doug in CA:

I was reading about tire testing at Daytona.  How much tire testing goes on?  Do Cup drivers participate in most?  Very little?  It seems to me that there are plenty of drivers out there who don’t have rides (Blaney, Riggs, Raines etc.) who would appreciate picking up a few bucks for running laps for Goodyear.  Why do busy guys like Johnson or Busch do this job?

It happens a few times a year.  Goodyear will pick certain tracks they need to work on, and go from there.  Tire testing happens for the Cup cars the most, but it does happen for the other series too.  The thing to remember about driver participation, is that Goodyear doesn’t supply the cars.  Teams show up with all of their own equipment,  So out of work guys wouldn’t really do Goodyear any good.  Guys like Jimmie and Kyle will do it because it allows them to learn, and to help their teams learn.  Especially now with the testing ban, any extra track time is a huge positive for a team and driver. – T.C.

3. From Blair:

Sitting here watching the race and though I’m a little tickled at the fact that Jimmie Johnson is stuck in the garage it has made me wonder. As far as the car goes, what all can be changed during the race as far as engine pieces and all that? Obviously you can’t change the original chassis but what all can you change? Or maybe the easier list would be what can’t you change? Thanks guys! Love reading your blogs!

Outside of replacing the car (chassis) and engine, everything is pretty much fair game.  Rear ends, suspension, body, really anything else is okay to work on. – T.C.

4. From Scott:

Hey Guys, following Jimmy Johnson’s big wreck on Sunday his crew really pulled together and did great work to get his car back out there.  Clearly this shows part of the reason that he is in position to win another championship and highlights the team aspect of NASCAR, which I don’t think gets enough coverage.  However, with all the parts being changed I was wondering about a couple of things.  I heard during the race that you can change just about everything except the motor and NASCAR lets you back on the track for your attempt to get back up to speed.  What I’m wondering is this, what allowances does NASCAR provide for how the car measures up in post race testing?  While its doubtful that after that type of crash a car would havea competitive downforce advantage is this something NASCAR checks?  As always, great website, great columns and commentaries, love Ask Wednesdays, keep up the great work!

Post race inspection usually only happens to the top five (I think) and a random.  So unless NASCAR decided to be ridiculous, a team in a situation like Jimmie’s won’t have to go through tech after the race.  There is no point in checking a team for cheating when they were a few seconds off the pace, 120 laps down. – T.C.

5. From windowlicker:

Hey guys. During the Busch race at Texas, a car (I think it was Justin Allgaier) came out after a wreck with no front end. NASCAR black flagged him for not maintaining minimum speed. He went back in they did something & he came back out & finished the race. I thought once you got black flagged for not maintaining speed, NASCAR parked you. You didn’t get a second chance.

I think that was his one chance.  The car comes out of the garage, NASCAR sees it doesn’t make minimum speed, then you are allowed one chance to make it right.  That is how I always understood it.  When a car is wrecked and comes out of the garage, the team doesn’t really know what it has to work with.  If the rule is as I understand it, NASCAR gives the driver and team one chance to feel it out and make the car better. – T.C.

6. From J and D:

After seeing some of the recent wrecks in NASCAR races, we got to wondering: when a car is torn up badly but still able to finish a race, how on Earth do they pass post-race inspection? We’ve seen some cars with no front ends, jacked-up rears and much more. What’s left to measure?

Like I said above, unless a wrecked car finishes top five, they won’t be inspected after the race.  Once a car is wrecked and goes many laps down, there really is no point in inspecting them. – T.C.

7. From Red Kneck:

Why does Marcos Ambrose’s 47 car have yellow rookie stripes but is not listed in the Rookie of the Year Standings?

It’s because he ran too many races last season to run for the Rookie of the Year Award (11 in 2008), but he is still considered a rookie (hence the rookie stripe). – Journo

8. From Michael:

I know racing in general money is money no matter the funding entity. However, do guys like Conway, Nemechek (Extenze) & Martin (when he was sponsored by Viagra) face much ribbing in the garage area?

Yes, absolutely. I would say the crew guys are the ones that face the majority of the ribbing though. Can you imagine walking around the garage with Extenze or Viagra on your chest? I’m just glad it’s not me. – Journo

9. From Christopher:

During the Texas Sprint Cup race, we all saw the shots from the hour or so the 48 team was re-building Johnson’s car.  It seemed that Jimmy stayed in the car the entire time.  Is this normal?  Is there any reason- knowing it was going to take awhile- that Jimmy wouldn’t have gotten out?  Maybe to help- or at least take a stretch?

In this situation I think Jimmie was trying to make a point that he was committed to going back out. Likewise he was still very much in that zone, so I think he wanted to avoid distractions like the media. Generally, I would say whether or not a driver stays in the car depends on the driver and the situation. -Journo

And that brings yet another “Ask The Insiders Wednesday” to a close.  Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  And remember, if you’d like to be a part of next week, click on the ”Ask the Insiders” tab at the top of the page and send your question in!