Tech Center: Laser Inspection

June 04, 2013, Ron Lemasters Jr., NASCAR.com

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NASCAR's new, super-precise process keeps garage on the straight and narrow

NASCAR racing is often called a game of inches.

It is true, to a degree. An inch of clearance can mean the difference between making the winning pass coming off Turn 4 and carrying your car to the transporter on the hook with a basket full of damaged parts in the passenger seat.

It can mean winning the race -- or the championship, as we saw in 2011 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Tony Stewart.

And it can mean the difference between getting the thumbs-up from NASCAR inspectors or having to push your car out of line, take a sl 500

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