Looking for an extra edge ever evolving in sport that demands it

Few things are a given in life, but crew chiefs looking for an extra edge in NASCAR outside the rulebook? That's a way of life, writes David Newton.

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:21 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- One of Gary Nelson's many jobs when he went from Winston Cup crew chief to NASCAR series director in 1991 was to write a set of rules to discourage cheating.

Because Nelson was one of the best at bending the rules, then-NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. felt no one was more qualified to write them.

"I had this belief that I could write the rules so well that nobody could find any gray area," Nelson said with a laugh. "I was proven wrong just ...

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