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NASCAR by the numbers

December 20, 2013, , NASCAR.COM

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Fans connect to their favorite drivers via numbers

Numbers help define NASCAR. Lap times and speeds are measured in miles per hour and seconds, and then there's historic numbers -- such as seven championships for Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, or 88 career wins for Jeff Gordon. Perhaps no numbers are more meaningful to fans, though, as car numbers. It's how fans spot their favorite drivers on the track, and it instills a sense of loyalty. It's why you see so many Earnhardt fans still holding on to all those "3" shirts. Those car numbers don't always last an entire career, however. For example, prior to the 2013 season, Matt Kenseth had driven the No. 17 for Roush Fenway Racing in every race from 2000-2012 (466 total). When he moved to Joe Gibbs Racing, he did not take the No. 17 with him. Instead, he got in a car with a number already allotted to JGR -- the 20. From 2008-2012, both Tony Stewart and Joey Logano had driven that car. The numbers aren't owned by teams, though. NASCAR owns all numbers and assigns them to car owners. The sanctioning body maintains the right to revoke or transfer any number at any time. Because NASCAR owns the rights to all numbers, car ... Read More

Fans connect to their favorite drivers via numbers

Numbers help define NASCAR. Lap times and speeds are measured in miles per hour and seconds, and then there's historic numbers -- such as seven championships for Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, or 88 career wins for Jeff Gordon. Perhaps no numbers are more meaningful to fans, though, as car numbers. It's how fans spot their favorite drivers on... Read More

NASCAR racing flags

December 13, 2013, , NASCAR.COM

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Find out what each flag means in a NASCAR race

Racing flags give NASCAR officials the ability to communicate with drivers during races. The flagman, perched in a stand high above the start/finish line, waves the appropriate flag when necessary. The eight flags: Green flag: Displayed at the start of the race, and during restarts. The lead driver cannot be passed on the track before the green flag waving. Yellow flag: Signals a caution, which tells drivers to slow down to a predetermined speed. Debris on the track or a wreck are typically the chief culprits for this flag. Red flag: Signifies the race must be stopped immediately, regardless of the cars' position on the track. This is usually for safety reasons -- for example, a red flag was issued following Juan Pablo Montoya's collision with a jet dryer at the 2012 Daytona 500. Black flag: Think of the black flag as the "consultation flag." Whichever driver is given the black flag must respond to a concern from NASCAR. Common examples include speeding on pit road, dropping debris on the track or failing to maintain the minimum speed on the track. Drivers have five laps to respond to the black flag... Read More

Find out what each flag means in a NASCAR race

Racing flags give NASCAR officials the ability to communicate with drivers during races. The flagman, perched in a stand high above the start/finish line, waves the appropriate flag when necessary. The eight flags: Green flag: Displayed at the start of the race, and during restarts. The lead driver cannot be passed on the track before the green ... Read More

Freezing the field

December 13, 2013, , NASCAR.COM

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When a caution comes out, the field is "frozen", but what does that mean?

In September of 2003, with an eye on further ensuring the safety of competitors, NASCAR announced that racing back to the caution was no longer permitted in all three of the sport's national series. That rule change led NASCAR to institute a procedure where the field is "frozen" on the track once the caution comes out. So what exactly does "freezing the field" entail? ... Read More

When a caution comes out, the field is "frozen", but what does that mean?

In September of 2003, with an eye on further ensuring the safety of competitors, NASCAR announced that racing back to the caution was no longer permitted in all three of the sport's national series. That rule change led NASCAR to institute a procedure where the field is "frozen" on the track once the cau... Read More

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