posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 02:24 AM
Having grew up in a family that builds and races dirt cars (76 nova chassis are what we run), I have been around it enough to present this information
with confidence. Keep in mind I don't watch Nascar often, so I have no allegiance to any drivers.
When watching dirt racing, especially on oval, banked tracks, you have to remember that some of the driving lines, maneuvers, and general car handling
is based on how to car is set up to run. The main focus of a setup is to get the car in and out of turns smoothly and to get as much bite/power/force
to the right rear tire during turns so speed isn't lost while turning. Depending on the class of car you are watching at the time, some cars will
shut down (back off throttle) and slide through the turn, and then pick back up on the throttle at the start of the straight. Super late models and
sprint cars do the opposite for the most part, and shut down for a very brief instant entering the turn, then go back full throttle all the way
through it and down the straight. The reason they shut down is because their suspension is designed/set up to where the driver then starts the turn
with the steering, or the car itself will begin to turn without any steering feedback. In exotic setups such as sprint cars or super late models, if
they do not get back into the throttle during the turn, the car will push right up the track. Remember what I said earlier about right rear bite?
When you have a lot of right rear bite, gassing the throttle will turn the car left without any steering wheel feedback, hence the reason you see
drivers steering right while turning left.
With all that said, I believe that Stewart came in the turn low on the track, his car began to push up, and he gassed it to make the car turn left.
It didn't help any that Ward was walking down the track towards his car at the same time.
As for the people saying that Stewart has no business racing dirt since he is a sprint cup star? He does it because it is flat out fun! I don't
know the guy or anything, but i'm pretty positive that is why. I love dirt races, and I am not a big fan of Nascar. Very exciting if you're into
that sort of thing. It is where he got his start. He isn't the only cup driver who goes back to his roots, either.