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David Starr

After earning his first win in the first year of his dirt track racing, it only makes sense that David Starr would go on to spend more than two decades in racing and more than a decade in NASCAR.

How Stock Car Painting Works

From the basic black of the Model- T to the brown and orange of the Home Depot runner, cars of all purposes have always had some sort of paint job. But NASCAR cars take color a little bit further than your own ride. Find out why.

What is a stock car?

NASCAR's a household name. The drivers are as famous as any other category of professional athlete. It's probably the thrill of speed. How can the drivers go so fast? It's not just the driving.

How Dirt Stock Car Racing Works

On any given weekend throughout most of the year, almost 800 dirt tracks come to life across America. Tickets are bought, prize money is won, autographs are signed and damaged cars are hauled away by wreckers.

How NASCAR Engines Work

NASCAR engines are known for their power, but a successful NASCAR engine also has to be reliable. The world's best engineers spend enormous amounts of money, time, and energy to build such powerful machines.

How NASCAR In-car Cameras Work

NASCAR in-car cameras have provided fans a sneak peek into the racing experience for decades. As simple as the cameras are, however, everything about them -- from the technology used to make them to deciding who gets one - - is decidedly complex.

Why doesn't NASCAR race in the rain?

You don't like driving in the rain, so imagine the difficulties that a NASCAR driver faces racing at triple-digit speeds with no windshield wipers. In fact, NASCAR usually cancels races in wet conditions for safety reasons.

What are marbles and why do NASCAR drivers try to avoid them?

Ever wondered why NASCAR drivers sometimes weave their cars from side to side for several laps during races? They're trying get rid of marbles, little balls of rubber tire detritus that can prove dangerous to drivers.

How much does a NASCAR race car cost?

NASCAR racing has changed since the days of street-legal cars driving on dirt tracks. Today's teams have budgets of $20 million or more. Just how much of that is spent on cars?

How the NASCAR Schedule Works

In the past, the NASCAR schedule included more than 60 races. Today, the number of NASCAR races has been reduced to fewer than 40. Why does it seem like NASCAR racing is a year-round sport?

How does a NASCAR driver communicate with the pit crew?

Wouldn't it be great to listen in on your favorite NASCAR driver's race day strategies? You'd be sort of like a fly on the wall -- except the wall would be moving at 200 mph.

How NASCAR Prize Money Works

We see it so often -- the winner of a race holds an oversized million-dollar check high in the air in victory lane. But where does all of this prize money come from, anyway?

How NASCAR Drafting Works

If you're a fan of NASCAR racing, then you've probably heard about the draft. But what's really happening out there on the track? And why do some drivers claim to "see the air?"

How NASCAR Pre-race and Post-race Inspection Works

For NASCAR inspectors, race day begins long before the first fans arrive -- and they typically don't get to go home the moment the race is over, either. So what are these guys up to?

How NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow Works

NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow is loaded with improved safety features designed to keep the driver safe during high-speed impacts. Sounds great, right? Well then why are so many NASCAR drivers and fans resisting the change?

How NASCAR Broadcasts Work

Fast cars, loud noises, and larger-than-life superstars: NASCAR's got it all. But to keep a NASCAR fan, TV networks and radio stations have to bring their A-game to the broadcast.

How NASCAR Racing Grooves Work

You know what it feels like when you're in the groove, right? Well, NASCAR drivers not only know what being in the groove feels like -- they know what the groove looks like, too.

10 Essential Tools of NASCAR Pit Crew Members

Every profession has its own set of required tools. Dentists, mechanics, landscapers, TV repairmen -- they all have specific tool needs. But what essential tools does a NASCAR pit crew use on race day?

How does a NASCAR track physically change during a race?

Considering that more than 40 cars spin around a NASCAR track at triple-digit speeds on race day, it shouldn't surprise you that the asphalt covering the track undergoes several physical changes during a rae.

What is hypermiling?

Considering the volatility of gas prices these days, hypermiling seems like a sensible way to drive. Who knew it was so easy to double your gas mileage?

Why is a NASCAR race car called "loose" or "tight?"

A loose or tight NASCAR race is something that drivers and crew chiefs need to correct quickly. The problem is due to oversteering and understeering the race car and can cost drivers valuable time -- and easily lead to crashes.

Is it easy to cheat in NASCAR?

In the early days of NASCAR, there were few rules for teams to follow. Because of this, drivers pushed the envelope and tried every trick in the book. Now, there are more rules, but is it still easy to cheat?

How NASCAR Wedge Adjustments Work

You're enjoying the NASCAR viewing party, but some of the lingo leaves you clueless. You wonder what that wedge adjustment is that the announcer mentions during those pit stops.

Why is it so hard to understand the NASCAR penalty system?

NASCAR fans might end race day either in a celebratory mood or completely dejected. And those feelings might have nothing to do with what happened out on the actual track. So what could cause fans to lose their cool even before a race begins?

Why is camber so critical in NASCAR?

It's a serious thing when the rubber meets the road. That's why routine wheel alignments are so important to a car's performance. But how could camber play such a big role in NASCAR races?

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