History of the NASCAR Pit Stop

March 8, 2012 by  
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What can you do with an automotive degree in NASCAR? The answer is simple: work with a racing team and aim to become a member of the pit stop team. The NASCAR Nation explains that only six crew members have the opportunity to work on pit stops during a Sprint Cup series race. A seventh crew member remains on stand-by; if he is allowed to join the crew during a stop, he has the job of swiftly cleaning the windshield.

The more common tasks performed during these hurried stops include the change of all four racing tires and a fuel tank top-off. How much time is allotted for these tasks? No more than 13 to 15 seconds; any NASCAR pit stop that goes beyond this time frame is considered to be a problem. In extreme cases, an inexpertly conducted pit stop can cost a team the race.

So how does an automotive degree figure into the equation? Considering that the maintenance tasks are not particularly involved, it would make sense that anyone trained in basic car care could serve as a pit stop crew member. Then again, remember that the automotive degree enables the crew member to make split-second decisions – based on professional training – that can turn a good pit stop into a great one. In fact, NASCAR history shows that there are a couple of amazing stops along the way – even if they only took up seconds.

Case in point is Sterling Marlin’s 2002 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 pit stop. Speeding in the pit lane, although not by choice, should have led to a 15-second penalty. Because of an error on the part of the racing officials, the driver never received the penalty and instead won the race by 1.163 seconds. The quick work of the pit crew, which may have prevented the officials from quickly realizing their errors, undoubtedly factored into this memorable NASCAR pit stop.

In fact, 2002 was the history-making year for the pit stop. At the Sprint All-Star Race XVIII, a final pit stop strategically planned by Jeff Burton’s racing team might not have been enough for Victory Lane, but it led to a change in NASCAR rules. The final pit stop, just 100 yards away from the finish line, propelled Burton into an advantageous position and earned him an extremely short time in the pit. Recognizing the unfair advantage that this stop represented to other drivers, current NASCAR rules now stipulate a target lap for each pit stop.

Article Submitted by Philip J Reed on behalf of Westwood College.

NASCAR’s Diversity and Mentorship Program

April 16, 2007 by  
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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR“) has developed a Diversity Internship Program that is full-time and fully supported by corporate sponsors and specifically focuses on college and university students who want to learn about career opportunities in the auto racing and motor sports industry in the United States.

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program is a 10-week, full-time, paid summer internship program. As part of the internship program, there is a mentorship program during the weekends that shows students the inner workings of NASCAR and various business opportunities at different speedways on the NASCAR racing circuit. To be considered for this Program, only full-time students are eligible to enroll. Applicants must have references and have maintained a 3.0 or better more grade point average.

Once accepted, students spend their time shadowing employees from various departments like the NASCAR Series Operations as well as accessing sponsor commercial areas created by Sprint Nextel, NASCAR Images and XM Satellite Radio. One of the most impressive aspects of the Internship Program is that students can see “behind the scenes” of motor sports and how NASCAR operates. The Diversity Internship Program also provides scholarships and a tour of Black Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Black Universities.

The NASCAR mentorship program also aims at developing and diversifying the off-track and business side of the industry. The exposure that the students received during the course provides participants with insights into possible career opportunities with NASCAR and real-life experience working for one of the most successful auto racing organization in the world. Each student will placed in a different race “market” depending on availability.

The Program takes place over five different weekends and at five different race tracks such as the Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Dover International Speedway and at the Richmond International Raceway.

In 2007 there will be openings for twelve male and female students to receive training as NASCAR pit-crew members. Students selected to participate will also receive both PIT Instructions and learn about the complexities of auto racing both on and off the race track.

NASCAR Memorabilia

January 15, 2007 by  
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Add NASCAR to your wardrobe! Do you envy fellow spectators at track side for their NASCAR caps? Would you love to carry a NASCAR wallet? How about a tool belt like real pit crew members wear? Top quality leather jackets and stylish cowboy boots really stand out in a crowd, and make distinctive statements even outside the NASCAR racing arena. Clothes and personal accessories are reat ways of adding to your NASCAR enjoyment, and letting the world know of your auto racing passion!

Framed pictures of the tracks at which you have witnessed top races are great for your office and home. Relive the excitement and thunder of NASCAR to brighten up each day! Drapes, floor mats, and wall clocks, are other ways to keep NASCAR within sight and in mind, as you go about the chores of daily life, and when you are away from the NASCAR circuit. They also make for perfect gifts for other NASCAR fanatics who are your friends!

Model cars make for the best NASCAR memorabilia as far as many fans are concerned. You can buy replicas of your favorite cars fused in elegant display units, which add a touch of class to any decor. Personal work space is the best spot for these models in cases, because it keeps you close to NASCAR on the job, and it tells your clients and colleagues about your favorite sport!

NASCAR has an amazing range of objects of everyday use with their endearing symbol to keep you close to the track at all times. You can add to your collection in affordable bits, and build a superb collection over time. It will add to your car racing enjoyments, and blend well with your sportive personality. You can buy any of the huge range of items on the Internet, and have them delivered right to your doorstep. Remember to visit web sites and to check out stores at tracks often, for there are always some great deals going! Many items do not remain in stock for a long time, so you have to make sure that you get your ‘must-haves’ before others lay hand son them! NASCAR collectibles can be as exciting as being a driver!

Climbing the NASCAR Ladder

November 1, 2006 by  
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What would you do if your track were not a part of NASCAR? The answer is simple but unthinkable, because no racing can survive without NASCAR. Investment in the sport is a certain drain if you do not make the grade for NASCAR to sit up and take notice.

You cannot blame the body because there are limits to the numbers of sponsorships available. Schedules tend to clash, and you cannot have crews and machines, to say nothing of drivers, cavorting all over the countryside for small amounts of money. The competition to make the NASCAR grade is so tough that track owners would happily give an arm or a leg to make it to the top.

However, desperate measures will only get you nowhere fast. The path to NASCAR lies in developing racing conditions in a professional way. You have to ensure uniform racing conditions, and a level playing field for outside teams. Favoring locals with an in-depth knowledge of the bends, or looking the other way when someone sneaks in little extras by way of power and handling, is the best way to keep NASCAR away. It is not just a matter of the Association, even top drivers and sponsors will not support events which are poorly regulated.

Variations in racing rules, and problems which teams from other places have in adjusting to a particular track, make for massive headaches within NASCAR, and they hinder proper development of this popular sport as well. NASCAR is pretty clear on auto dimensions and matters related to engines, so it is really up to tracks to arrange racing events which are entirely above board. Fair competition is the cornerstone on which track attendance and fan following are built, and we all know that companies which work for profit will not put up the sums of money NASCAR standards demand, if no one turns up for the show!

There is much track owners can do to enhance the level of competition at their sites, so that the best in the business know that they simply have to participate to make or to retain their standings. Just as you are no driver if you have not raced in NASCAR events, so a track may also present unique challenges which bring out the best in machines and men. So quit cribbing, and work on your track and your local rules!


October 30, 2006 by  
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NASCAR sure has its pulse on fans of the sport! Few peer bodies can match the exuberance and organization of NASCAR. The excitement and exhaust of the NASCAR circuit tends to cloud some top grade Services Marketing which is at work here! NASCAR understands its targeted market segment so well, that it is able to build durable bonds with all stake-holders. It has even developed a lovable jargon all of its own, so you can now spot NASCAR fans by the way they speak!

This unique sports body is thoroughly professional in its approach. It approaches what is essentially a recreation activity with the systems which can run large corporations well. Well laid strategy lurks behind the NASCAR circuit at all times! What you see on the surface is people cheering and simply having a good time, but behind the brouhaha is a plethora of process, systems and down right hard work!

A key ingredient of the NASCAR formula is to protect the legitimate interests of everyone involved in the sport. Drivers and their crews, sponsors, and automobile manufacturers all get equitable and transparent shares of the pie, and this in turn builds the kind of confidence and commitment which keeps the NASCAR circuit in top shape.

The schedule of events is hectic, so fan attention is continually engaged. The build up to each NASCAR event, and its aftermath, create as many ripples as each track event itself! This frenetic pace attracts liberal funding and sponsorship because brand owners know that it is NASCAR which has a hold on the customer’s mind.

NASCAR encourages technological innovation, and pays due attention to safety standards. A major success in this sport has been that machines and men have improved continuously over the half century or so that NASCAR has been around, and yet the body has also done so much to prevent serious accidents and to protect drivers as best as possible.

NASCAR keeps the sport above board, shunning tracks which favor local teams, and enforcing uniform vehicle specifications and racing conditions. Fans love the sport and the body which organizes the races, because they know that the competition is for real, and the best man-machine (or woman!) combination will win.

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