Another story about Yunick and the Chevelle (not Camaro): He went to
NASCAR's office to "borrow" the template they had for Chevelles because
"he was having a little problem and wanted to be certain his car could
pass inspection." Since Chevelles weren't common - and they had little
use for the template, other than checking Smokey's car - they loaned it
to him. After completing his work, Smokey returned it to NASCAR. And
he never had a problem with the car's profile after that. Because he
had changed the template to fit his car!
From: vinttr4 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 2:27 PM
Cc: vinttr4; vintage-race
Subject: Re: NASCAR vs. Vintage Racing? Part I
Phil Trenholme wrote:
> If this seems too long just read the last line in Part II.
> Last Tuesday, NASCAR fined Jeff Gordon's crew chief (the head coach of
> Gordon's team)
> $25,000 for using an illegal intake manifold during a race. (Stick
> me/you won't need
> to know what an intake manifold is.) Gordon himself got stripped of
> Winston Cup points
> (the points they add up to determine each year's champion).
> Gordon won the race in question, but the interesting part is: Even
> it came out he'd
> been cheating, the victory stood. Gordon kept all the prize money,
> His Winston Cup
> ranking didn't change a bit after losing the points. Indeed, the whole
> thing's already been
> Lesson: Cheating in NASCAR is sort of expected.
> Last year, I spent some time with NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's
> One of the pit crew
> guys, in a moment of candor, told me that in this sport cheaters are
> actually admired.
I don't condone cheating, but I enjoy the stories about it and the
cleverness of it from an engineering standpoint. (Intellectual interest
only, dontcha know)
Of course everybody's heard of Smokey Yunick's 7/8 size Camaro, his fuel
line that held gallons of gas, etc. But here are a few that I found most
Rear cylinders larger displacement, so when the officials "pumped" the
engine to determine displacement, they had to pump a front cylinders
the rear ones were blocked by body and chassis members.....
One team was always generous in loaning the NASCAR inspectors their
precision measuring tools, in the early days -- the measuring tools were
purposely mis-calibreated to read the 'right' direction.
Or how about in the early days when each team made their own restrictor
plates, and NASCAR just checked them -- at least one team made theirs of
material that caused the holes to grow with temperature.......
But here are a couple of very very recent ones --
Tiny holes drilled in the head, between the outside and just under the
seat, to give more inlet area -- nearly impossible to detect
Pop-off valve in bottom side of intake manifold for same purpose, but
one is easier to find
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