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NASCAR & science

Since my oldest son and I are heading over to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 this weekend over at Gateway Motorsports Park, I thought I would post this article on one of the drivers in NASCAR (but not necessarily the Camping World Truck Series) who is apparently crazy about science, particle physics and quantum mechanics in particular.

The driver is Brian Vickers and the article is entitled “Vickers, Crew Teach Kids about ‘Science of Speed’ by John Zenor at the AP and courtesy of USA Today. How cool is that?!



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NASCAR & physics

Sometimes it’s funny how life comes full circle. Just a couple of months ago, as the local science fair was approaching , I thought we had the opportunity to include my sons’ favorite topic, NASCAR. While unfortunately (at least for me) he decided to pass but at the time we (okay, I) had already started to look for resources and among them was a book entitled The Physics of NASCAR by Dr. Leslie-Pelecky.

So as I’m sitting here watching today’s NASCAR sprint cup race, the Auto Club 400, what do I come across but an old article entitled “NASCAR’s Screech and Slam? It’s All Aerodynamics” at the New York Times. It’s an article about the author of the aforementioned book. Now what makes this topic all the more interesting is that when her book came out in 2008, NASCAR was just introducing what they call their 5th generation car. Ironically enough, this year they’ve just introduced their 6th generation car.

So what did I do after the race? I requested the book. After all, next’s year science fair is only 10 months away!

Speeding away!


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