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Eyes in the sky

Good eyes, racing instincts, communication skills and a little diplomacy combine to make effective spotters.

Updated: June 20, 2007, 7:40 PM ET
ESPN.com

They've got some of the best seats in the house every week, but spotters can hardly relax and enjoy NASCAR's Nextel Cup races.

From high atop the grandstands or press box, spotters are a vital member of a race crew as they pass on important messages to help drivers navigate the racetrack.

The spotters communicate whether it's safe to pass and what side of the track to pass on. They also need to quickly notify their drivers about any wrecks or debris on the track.

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