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Ah, remember the good ol’ days?
Cue Junior Johnson’s Pontiac barreling down some dirt track in North Carolina, teaching his competitors first-hand the true art of driving an automobile; the rumbling of engines apparent as they breathe for air amidst a cloud of smoke and dust clouds; the big, beautiful, boxy cars cutting through the wind as well as a jogger in a swimming pool.
For those whose memories are slightly foggy -- or, more likely, just weren’t around in 1955, myself included -- the featured vehicles seen in NASCAR weren’t always as aerodynamically-sound as today’s Generation-6 car, which debuted earlier this year. While Johnson is universally credited with patenting early drafting strategies, the sport had a long way to go over the course of the next 50-plus years. As technology developed and cars were fine-tuned, the goal became to produce a car with minimal wind resistance, or, at least a car that uses wind to work in its favor.