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Anatomy of a backward road-course pit stop

August 08, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Anatomy of a backward road-course pit stop

When NASCAR heads to road courses, like Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, not only do the cars turn right. They also pit right.

The change requires teams to retrain themselves to pit with the right side of the cars next to the wall rather than their lefts as they do at ovals.

Greg Morin, the No. 48/88 pit crew coach at Hendrick Motorsports, calls it "testosterone-filled ballet" and compares a pit stop to a play call in sports.

The comparison make sense to Matt Tyrell, gasman for the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, who played football at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Tyrrell talks about how his muscle memory changes for half of his duties while staying the same for the other half.

Watch the Hendrick Motorsports team practice their backwards pit stops.

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