Originally Posted by GonzoLays
Real thread this time. I don't follow the "sport" so I really don't know anything about it.
What are the rules?
How do they know if a driver has completed all the laps?
When there is a caution flag and/or an accident how do they determine how they line back up?
What is restricter plate racing?
Can a driver make a pit stop, wait till all the cars go back around, and then leave the pit area and drive to the front of all the cars and become the leader?
Is there any strategy?
And finally, why do people find this entertaining? Seriously.
There are tons of rules, just as in any sport. The cars all have to have the same setup ( handed down from NASCAR ). They can tweak things here and there for advantages, but NASCAR has cracked down a lot in the last couple of years on all things.
2. NASCAR has scoring loops installed under all the surfaces in every track. They're at various points in the whole thing. Each car is equipped with a GPS kind of deal that relays all information back to NASCAR. This is how they catch them speeding on pit road and other things too.
3. When there's an accident, they use the above mentioned scoring loops to find out exactly who was where at the immediate time that the caution was thrown.
4. Restrictor plate racing is done only at the two biggest tracks, Daytona and Talladega. They put a plate on the engine that covers up some of the air intake so it cuts their horsepower down. They do this to bring speeds down and they say keep it safer. However, the drivers hate it. It makes it so it's harder to pass and all the cars get bundled up and then the Big One strikes and it takes out 20 cars in one fell swoop. It's sweet.
5. No, that would be stupid. They would end up losing a lap.
6. Tons of strategy. Two tires or 4 tires, pit or don't pit. Gas only or full pit stop. They're really quite sneaky about a lot of it. I think you'd have to really watch a couple of races to actually see how it all works and works out. I know this just doesn't appeal to some people. At the same time, watching basketball doesn't appeal to me.
7. Seriously?! Hell yeah! Race fans are some of the coolest people out there. There's wrecks and horsepower and hot tempers, what's not to love?