Saturday, July 4, 2009
For those interested - a plate race involves the mandated use of an aluminum plate to interfere with speed levels at the superspeedways at Daytona and Talladega. With it, cars hit around 190, without it, the record is 228. There were several serious accidents that precipitated this rule, but the bottom line is our boys can't race like they want. The aerodynamics at these tracks are perfect for drafting, which pulls cars along at faster speeds and requires some clever and intelligent use of physical laws. The manipulation of these laws, which vary from driver to driver and crew chief to crew chief, are fascinating.
Racing isn't as simple as it looks most of the time. The more you know about it, the more interesting it is, like most things.
Eileen - the deleted comment was just some strange gobbledygook. Whoever it was was not a native speaker of English and it was indecipherable - kind of like spam. My other blog is set for comment moderation before posting because I have a huge spam problem over there.
Swimming now, in spite of the overcast sky and cold water. Even the sand pit is cold! It's great to be outside, though, and there is a nice, gentle breeze. I wish I could go to my grandma's and sit out on her back patio. We used to have our Fourth of July picnics over there. I am sure she is celebrating in her own way.