Pearson was an accomplished NASCAR racer and was successful in different venues of racing; he won three times on road courses, 48 times on superspeedways
, 54 times on Short tracks and had 23 wins on dirt tracks.
So they expect to love it in 2016, when it will be used at all tracks except Daytona Beach, Florida, and Talladega, Alabama, NASCAR's two superspeedways
What's more, there is an array of tracks, ranging from superspeedways
to road courses.
It wasn't what Gordon had hoped, but it proved what he said heading into the race: that the risk of racing at superspeedways isn't worth the reward.
But if the four-time NASCAR champion had a sliver of thought of a return next season to the superspeedway, the scene above reminded him why he walked away -- his battered Chevy slowly lifted into the car bay.
Part of the inquiry will focus on whether the sport should compete at short, high-banked superspeedways
like Las Vegas, and the licensing procedure of drivers.
Social Science at 190 MPH on NASCAR's Biggest Superspeedways. Rand Corporation.
Due to the track design at Daytona and Talladega superspeedways, cars are required to use "restrictor plates" that purposely slow down the cars.
The second set of results covers only tracks greater than 2 miles in length for the years 1992 through 2001, eliminating smaller tracks where speeds are slower than on the superspeedways
, and including the California, Daytona, Indianapolis, Michigan, Pocono, and Talladega raceways.
NASCAR allows each manufacturer five different intake manifolds to tailor their engines' characteristics to the track -- from superspeedways
(which require restricter plates) to short tracks and road courses.
He's designing a multitude of parts, for races on road courses, short ovals, and superspeedways
, all of which, he explains, necessitate various "tweaks to make the cars go faster."
They race on street circuits, permanent road courses, short ovals, and superspeedways
. "A street course has an average speed of about 100 mph, and uses our softest compound and construction," says Speyer.