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Elliott’s car is completely stripped down after each race, including engine, transmission, driveline, fuel cell, interior and plumbing. All components are inspected, rebuilt and prepared for the next race.
There are two fully prepared racecars per race, a primary car and a backup car just in case the primary is damaged beyond repair in practice and qualifying.
Each driver’s seat is specifically built for their body size and type and they each have a custom insert made for their body only to prevent any movement in impacts.
NASCAR cars reach speeds above 150 mph, with many averaging speeds around 180 mph, and some pushing 200 mph. At 200 mph, NASCAR drivers in one second travel 293 feet, almost the length of a football field.
On turns, drivers experience between two and three G’s (up to three times the force of gravity) every turn. In addition to this, temperatures in the car often exceed 100 degrees, reaching as much as 170 degrees by the floorboards.
The weight of a NASCAR Xfinity car is approximately 3,200 lbs. without a driver and 3,400 lbs. with a driver.
Each track requires completely different suspension components and settings and is meticulously prepared every Monday and Tuesday of the race for the specific track.
Any damaged body panels are completely replaced with new panels after each race.
A race car generally uses up three times as much motor oil as your passenger car. Also, race cars only use water in the radiator.
Elliott Sadler is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.