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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Notes from Practice Sessions at Talladega

A typical NASCAR practice session usually finds the individual drivers and teams driving around in circles, finely tuning their cars for qualification. This is far from the case at a superspeedway like Talladega. Rather, practice sessions here and at Daytona force the drivers to work with a partner to create what is commonly referred to as "tandem drafting." It increases the speed exponentially and allows two drivers to get in sync as both a pusher and a follower. The cars are basically touching each other's bumpers the whole time at close to 200 mph. It follows that the main purpose is to synchronize with the driver, who more or less has the other driver's life in his hands. In the first session, Roush Fenway Racing teammates Car...

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